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February 10, 2004 9:58:30 PM

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A great move. I bet most of the gamers have DVD readers nowdays and hate swapping CDs. Let's hope other game developers will follow the same path....

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February 10, 2004 10:08:26 PM

Hats off to Ubisoft! Too bad they didn't do that with XIII, that has 4 cd's!
I agree, hopefully others will follow.
a b U Graphics card
February 10, 2004 10:20:02 PM

Yeah I read that <A HREF="http://www.tech-pc.co.uk/index.php?id=1335" target="_new">HERE</A> last night, and thought, Ahhh new copy protection techniques with dual layer pressed DVDs!

These could be uncopyable for the foreseeable future. Let's see if Ubi catches on to that benifit too. I'm sure someone would try and find a way around it, but if you set the program to look at differences between the layers, switching every so often within the game, you'd be able to make one hell of an anti-piracy system.

Hopefully I haven't given them an idea they didn't already think of, but it would seem to make sense and I'm sure they were all over it (and if they aren't it's probably too late now).

As for DVD players, I've had them for 4 years on my PC (about 6-7years as part of home theatre). Heck I even have 2 DVD BURNERS right now. Just bought a Double-Sided MAXEL DVD-RAM disk over the weekend ($35 CDN special order) for system backup, plus 5 DVD-RAM single sided for $6.99 each and 3 DVD-R for $5.99total.

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a b U Graphics card
February 10, 2004 10:26:21 PM

Ah no don't say that. I BUY all the games I play, but still like to be able to play off of a virtual drive and not have to keep swapping discs.

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February 10, 2004 11:00:05 PM

Nice. I've been waiting for this to happen for a while. I don't mind switching cds too much (though I won't claim to like it) but the cd rack in my computer desk only has room for 2 "double size" cases so there is some stuff that just has to sit out. :frown:
a b U Graphics card
February 10, 2004 11:00:53 PM

Yeah I've used a few no-cd cracks, and it's nice to be able to have faster load times. But I'm sure that that ( better copy protection) will be an eventual aspect of games on DVD. Dual layer burners and media are stil about a year or so away so it's hard to copy a PRESSED DVD.. Supposedly there is already dual layer RAM, but I think it's the cartridge type. Due to layer restrictions the max for ram is something like 13.9 (yeah not exactly 4.7X3=14.1 ue to rounding or something), because you can only have 1 dual layer, and then a single side on the other side because two dual layers would make the disk far too bulky. Perhaps that will even change in the future.

Currently I'm just happy to be able to store home video on 1 DVD instead of a bunch of VCDs like I used to. Usually I'm also left with enough room to add files, music, programs etc.

Can't wait for either smaller wavelength lasers or blue laser DVDs + burners/readers. 27-40+ gb per disk would be very nice, especially as a ram style solution.


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February 10, 2004 11:29:40 PM

hey did u guys hear that the team developing Far cry got busted for using illegal versions of Maya and other programs?



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February 11, 2004 1:27:12 AM

About time. I hate cd swapping.

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February 11, 2004 2:48:52 AM

I checked the Far Cry web site early after noon. They had nothing on that.
February 11, 2004 6:44:48 AM

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hey did u guys hear that the team developing Far cry got busted for using illegal versions of Maya and other programs?

Yeah, I've read this in more than one place. This news is true, but it won't affect launch date of Far Cry.

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February 11, 2004 1:21:05 PM

Cd swaping just sucks.. But now I'm forced to by a dvd-rom drive and a new Power suply.. When I connect ohter device it just can't handle.. lol! reached the 100 Fps in far cry!;) yes!
a b U Graphics card
February 11, 2004 1:52:18 PM

Grape, ever try alcohol 120% (the software, not Canadian beer) :smile: , to make images of your game cd's? It is great, I just make the images, load them into virtual drives, and store my original CD's in the retail boxes. No disc swapping, no scratched discs, etc. I usually run about 8 of these virtual drives, which for me pretty much means I rarely have to mount/unmount images, and almost never play a game off a CD. I do this for my son's computer too so he doesn't have to handle too many discs. He is 4, and the cd's don't always go back in the jewel cases. :wink:

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February 11, 2004 2:39:39 PM

Heheh, well HB, I don't think that's the kind of thing they'd advertise. :wink:

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a b U Graphics card
February 11, 2004 4:43:12 PM

But with every new patch to a game a new no CD patch has to be found and installed. Too much hassle. I have used no-cd patches plenty, but not since buying Alcohol 120%. I prefer Virtual drives. Especially since I install on multiple machines on my LAN. Copy over the images, mount, install, play. And when the next game patch comes out, the virtual drive solution still works.

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a b U Graphics card
February 11, 2004 9:20:20 PM

Yeah, there are a bunch of virtual drive programs out there, but some of the newer games (especially from UBISOFT [I think Prince of Persia is one]) actually disable the program if any instance of a virtual drive is running.
Virtual drives are very handy especially for things like multi-CD games, but I don't think it would work with a dual layer DVD due to the characteristics of a physical versus virtual drive.

I enjoy using the no-cd crack, but it's because I use it for just one or two games. If I played more games or had more CD issues then I'd start making virtual drives. Idon't feel like having 80GB of virtual CDs for things I use so rarely.


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