Originally posted by we are... [email protected]
12 2003, 03:48 AM
I hate haveing to use the cd every time I want to play a game on the comp.... long live the consoles.
That is the most backwards, oxymoronic thing I've seen all... this hour o_o;
You hate having to put a cd in, so consoles are better? Where you always have to put a cd in?
Anyway, as a software developer, I kind of have an affinity for leaving software as is, unless I absolutely have to dig into the program and change things. For the record, cracking the cd verification does not save you enough process time to be mentioned. Not even on Ai's computer. Just saves you the time of finding your cd. And furthermore, I don't know how you treat your cd's in your cd-rom drive, but my cd's don't get scratched when I use them. The point of the optical format was to minimize the cd's contact with anything moving.
The fact is, cd verification and the cd keys are there for one purpose: To discourage piracy. Granted, nothing is going to completely stop piracy, but it's a fair deterrent. There are still many people out there who don't know how to find cracks (or even realize they exist), and this keeps those people from just handing their cd out to everyone they know because they don't know any better that it's illegal. Yes, this happens; I see it all the time. If you want to get away with not paying for your game, at least go through the effort of running a program to patch the program, proving that you know that you're pirating. And if you're not pirating it, and you just want to save yourself the time of putting the cd in, well, I'm not sure why you dislike that so much, but to each his own.
As for making you not want to buy the games, I'm not convinced that's true. I used to not have a job, and I wouldn't buy games then, because I was poor. Nowadays, my view has changed slightly.. I feel that if a game is worth playing a lot, then it's worth paying for. The people who write the software do need to make money, and I am happy to do my part in giving them the credit for the fine piece of work that they have created. I tend to view good software more as a form of art than anything. And many of the best artists out there (as far as pictures go) don't get any monetary recognition for what they do, and I think it would be great if that could be changed. But the artists who make music and TV and movies are all providing a service for others, so it's much easier for them.
And those of you who are not pirating games, who just like to not have to put the cd in (I think this applies to all of you), I don't feel that putting the cd in is that big of a deal, but to each his own. In my case, again, I see software as an art form, and I feel kind of bad changing their masterpiece. It's never been a problem for me to carry around my cd case of my games to LAN parties. It fits in my bag with all my peripherals anyway.
While I don't see cracks as being an evil in the world, I also don't see them as being necessary or particularly good things.