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March 27, 2008 9:13:46 PM

Well ladies and gentlemen, I am looking for multiplayer games that require no CD. My family and I get together on Sundays and play COD4 on a LAN setup. We've been doing this since COD1. I was wondering if there are other games that you can setup on multiple PCs. I like BF2, but it requires 1 CD per PC. BTW I can't believe that COD4 still allows you to setup multiple PCs. So any suggestions would be appreciated.

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March 27, 2008 9:27:04 PM

You are breaking the law by doing this.

That said, just download no-cd cracks for the games you want to play like this.
March 27, 2008 10:18:51 PM

or use a mini image and mount with daemon-tools (or something similar)
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March 27, 2008 10:36:24 PM

So I should have some milk and cookies ready this Sunday. You know for the FEDS. Seriously thank you. I should have thought, before I posted.
March 28, 2008 12:41:46 PM

Starcraft allows you to install Spawn copies of itself onto systems for network play, and that's perfectly legal, and is a great game even though the graphics are somewhat dated.

And if you decide to go the image route, you can simply tell the feds you were checking the integrity of legal backup images you had made ;) 
March 28, 2008 2:27:16 PM

I know the stoolies that work for the games/music company will call everyone a pirate that even talks about this. And no - the FBI isnt visiting anyone.

But I think its a good question. I enjoy having friends/family come over and we all enjoy playing various games together. I do have a number of PC's and some games seem to allow this and others want you to spend $50 per PC - which is ridiculous for an hours worth of playing.

I think it would be good PR for the software companies to allow say 4 people to play together with one key as long as you are on the same subnet - no routing and the one valid key must be on the subnet (this keeps you from playing it when you leave). This would expose others to that game who had not bought it but might buy it. I would even accept fewer maps or restricted gameplay, no ranking, etc.

Having said that there are several ways legal or not.
Some sites post keys from people who no longer play the game
Some sites post NO CD cracks
Some sites post modified server hacks that do not check for any keys
A lot of demos allow you to host a limited network playable version

But I would say write the games developers and ask that they allow us to play a limited number of friends on the same subnet.

My 2 cents
March 28, 2008 4:06:51 PM

various torrents sites host cracks, look there if you want
oh, but have you tried just putting the disc in, loading the game up, and taking it out again? works on some games, and in fact, i find it annoying when they dont let me - usually means i've got some piece of DRM being gay
March 28, 2008 10:26:57 PM

Actually, legality depends on the EULA, and your local laws.

On a more practical matter, some deliberately put weak copy protection on lan games, because it's very difficult, can cause problems to implement, doesn't affect a lot of people (proportionally). A few companies see an advantage in a "lan party advertisment" effect.

There are also quite a few homebrew/indy game developers who explicitly allow for this sort of thing.
March 29, 2008 11:43:11 PM

I second that thought vvhoCare5. When my brother's friends came over and played COD4 with us they bought the game soon after. They were hesitant on paying $50 bucks for it. But after trying it they liked it. You have to have the CD to play singleplayer, but not multi. So I just ASSUMED it was okay. I mean I didn't read the fine print or anything. We only play multi. Another thought, we only have a 5-port switch so we take turns. This was my first thread so thanks for the advise.
April 2, 2008 8:58:13 PM

Have you tried America's Army, that game is 100% free, the only game i can think of is old Wolf-ET, unless you want some MP demos to try.

If the game uses PunkBuster i wouldn't use a no-cd crack, sometimes pb will detect them and cause your key to be banned.
I would do what septic said.



April 3, 2008 11:40:02 AM

Or just find a budget game like Worms where you can pick up copies for £5 each.
April 4, 2008 12:45:45 PM

Worms World party is a great LAN 2d sidescrolling game of total destruction.

Dawn of War is a great RTS LAN game. It has three expansions, so you might want to ignore them or wait until you can get all of them in one $50 package.

Counter Strike is a great LAN FPS.
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