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Rockstar Used Myth DRM Crack For Max Payne 2?

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 40 comments

Looks like Rockstar saved time by applying a no-CD crack to its popular PC game.

A Steam member who recently purchased a digital copy of Max Payne 2 discovered that Rockstar uploaded a version modified by the pirating outfit Myth. The discovery was made after loading up the game's executable with a HEX editor and finding Myth's ASCII logo inserted into the code. The group was once notorious for supplying no-CD cracks for PC games before it was dismantled by the FBI's "Operation site Shutdown" back in 2005.

"Seems Rockstar got a little lazy and used this crack instead of recompilling their executable without DRM," reads this forum post. The observation is quite possible, alleviating some of the work in getting the game to fit within Valve's online closed environment. Then again, where does the law come into play? Are consumers purchasing an illegal copy even though it's supplied by Rockstar?

Two years ago games publisher Ubisoft pulled the same stunt. Consumers who purchased a digital copy of Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 on IGN's Direct2Drive couldn't install the latest patch (v1.03) outside the service. The patch offered considerable changes to the game, even adding new play modes, thus fans really wanted it installed quick--and before D2D could get around to converting the patch to its format. One Ubisoft employee offered a quick and simple solution: to install a patch that got around the patch's original DRM. Eventually it was discovered that the Ubisoft "fix" was actually a no-CD crack supplied by Scene group RELOADED.

Now it appears that Rockstar has used a similar method. Does it matter that the company implemented a no-CD crack into one of its digital titles? It begs to question, especially when developers and publishers are standing on their soap boxes, shouting that piracy is bad, bad, bad.

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    Supertrek32 , May 12, 2010 8:49 PM
    The creators of the crack should sue them for pirating their code. Now *that* would be funny.
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    Strider-Hiryu_79 , May 12, 2010 8:51 PM
    supertrek32The creators of the crack should sue them for pirating their code. Now *that* would be funny.


    Agreed.
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    invlem , May 12, 2010 9:01 PM
    The hacking groups should go after these companies with bills for "services rendered" to remove the protection.
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    Supertrek32 , May 12, 2010 8:49 PM
    The creators of the crack should sue them for pirating their code. Now *that* would be funny.
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    werfu , May 12, 2010 8:51 PM
    Dead simple. The games has been realized long ago and Rock Star didn't wanted to take much time to release this game to Steam. Recompiling the program would have needed to setup a compiling environment, and check the executable for defects. Instead, they already had the fix right under hand and they new it was working as there was no known issue for this no-cd. Why not use it then?
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    Strider-Hiryu_79 , May 12, 2010 8:51 PM
    supertrek32The creators of the crack should sue them for pirating their code. Now *that* would be funny.


    Agreed.
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    megamanx00 , May 12, 2010 8:53 PM
    Heh :D 
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    curnel_D , May 12, 2010 8:58 PM
    In their shoes, I'd do the same thing. But I think I'd take the care to take out the comment lines and ascii logos.

    Lets face it, pirating is great for the developers. And can sometimes lead to sales that would have never happened in the first place.
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    bogcotton , May 12, 2010 9:00 PM
    I don't see anything wrong with it, as long as they made sure it was virus free.

    I think there shouldn't be drm in the first place though, it just satisfies a part of the corporate guys feelings.
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    pozaks , May 12, 2010 9:01 PM
    The DRM-less version of Arcanum on GOG uses Fairlight's crack (publ: Activision).

    It's likely that a lot of the games on GOG use cracks. I doubt that GOG are putting them in there, it's just that the publishers find this easier than removing the DRM themselves. In many cases they probably don't have the source for many older games, most of which require DRM removal to work as downloadable titles.

    Now if you'll excuse me, I'm choking to death on the irony and need medical assistance.
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    invlem , May 12, 2010 9:01 PM
    The hacking groups should go after these companies with bills for "services rendered" to remove the protection.
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    RustyXshackleford , May 12, 2010 9:22 PM
    Laziness. When devs do that, they`re legitimizing the work of the crackers, who shouldn`t have to do all that work anyway. Kill the DRM. Cooperation always beats competition.
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    Blessedman , May 12, 2010 9:33 PM
    This is hilarious and shows how much code stealing goes on in this industry! They just didn't even take the time though to rip out the ASCII logo which is just sad. I wonder if this was the advice of their lawyers to leave their code alone to avoid being dealt a lawsuit from MYTH programmers. Having said all this, I wonder now if these development studio's don't appreciate the hard work the (ok I am old school) crackers do for them. Especially the No-CD cracks which were a favorite of mine even when I had bought the game.
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    invalid777 , May 12, 2010 9:52 PM
    Having no cracking/hacking experience. Would it be possible to have a no-cd crack setup to reactivate the DRM if it was ever discovered to be used by a company trying to sell their software with the crack installed?

    I.E. Discover a company is using "your" crack in order to make profit from a their game. You then "reactivate" the DRM through some "hack" in your original crack.

    I'd just find it a little humorous if something like this happened. Reverse cracking a game.
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    Gin Fushicho , May 12, 2010 9:58 PM
    Personally I think the companies should not be doing this, all they are doing is imitating they're "enemies" and personally I think it's even more morally wrong than pirating it in the first place, as your now PAYING for a non legit version.

    I'm pretty ........ that companies are starting to do this.
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    kategra84 , May 12, 2010 10:12 PM
    So pirating the pirates is immoral ? Reloded, Myth and other scene groups are working hard for thouse cracks, they should at least more publicity out of that !
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    tpi2007 , May 12, 2010 10:20 PM
    Oh the irony...

    now if somone's house is raided byt the police like that guy from Gizmodo and charged with piracy, he'll be laughed at when trying to excuse himself

    - "but, it's the producers of the game that put the crack in it, it wasn't me!"

    -"Hahahah, yeah right, kid. You think we were born yesterday?"

    -"But, but..."

    -"Shut up, you're under arrest"

    -"Help! I'm inside a Kafkian process! Help!"
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    jsm6746 , May 12, 2010 10:46 PM
    seeing as they are essentially selling someone elses code, and not giving them credit, there are some legal issues here.

    as far as a company using a nocd crack for their digitally distributed game... that's the reason i buy games this way... O_o
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    kelemvor4 , May 12, 2010 10:48 PM
    Since when does applying a nocd hack equate to piracy. As long as it's legally being sold and purchased.

    Unless you're referring to the fact that Rockstar games most likely did not pay Myth for their software?
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    kdashjl , May 12, 2010 10:48 PM
    what about no drm games and we forget all of this cracks
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    2zao , May 12, 2010 11:00 PM
    doesnt this mean to an extent that the original creators of these cracks are due some $$$

    it was their code that was used...

    lawsuit?????
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    sliem , May 12, 2010 11:02 PM
    Haha lazy, but it's cool.
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