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Rockstar Used Myth DRM Crack For Max Payne 2?

By - Source: Tom's Hardware UK | B 9 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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    Scarletfury , 13 May 2010 05:04
    I really need to get round to playing this.
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    darraghcoy , 13 May 2010 05:16
    This just proves how irritating DRM has got in games these days. Even developers themselves are getting fed up of it and just want it to go away!

    I can't believe they actually distributed a cracked version though and passed it as legit... That almost condones the actions of the pirates. Almost.

    Perhaps next they'll be paying people to crack their games for them so they can be put onto services like Steam? It if saves time (and therefore money) ... :) 
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    Clintonio , 13 May 2010 05:51
    Software is software. It's what you do with it that is the problem, not what it does.

    A knife cuts bread; also the face of your loved ones.
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    bv90andy , 13 May 2010 07:51
    seems only fair... gamedevs lost allot of money because of no-cd patches made by hackers, now they save the money by using their coding.
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    IzzyCraft , 13 May 2010 11:59
    Lol so something done just for the hell of it is used for profit by the company by which it hurts eh eye for an eye still seems rather lazy not to even go over the code i guess when they tell me don't download those games because they can have viruses really means we are trying to scare you we trust this shit enough we installed it for steam without even checking it.
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    waxdart , 13 May 2010 17:15
    ClintonioSoftware is software. It's what you do with it that is the problem, not what it does. A knife cuts bread; also the face of your loved ones.


    I want to buy software without DRM, I don't have that option. I want to buy a knife with out the cutting face requirement. I do have that option. You made the worst analogy I think I've ever read. Well done.
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    princeofdreams , 13 May 2010 17:37
    I wonder if members of the now defunct Myth could sue Rockstar for copyright breach for using their code? Now that would be piss funny :) 
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    waxdart , 13 May 2010 18:05
    PrinceofdreamsI wonder if members of the now defunct Myth could sue Rockstar for copyright breach for using their code? Now that would be piss funny


    :)  Myth should have put DRM in their DRM crack. Its this sort of piracy that makes me sick.
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    imi2003 , 14 May 2010 00:06
    How can raockstar guarantee that this third party hack, does not contain any malicious software or bug.