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On Wolf CD Keys

id Software's Graeme Devine updated his .plan with word that scant hours after Return to Castle Wolfenstein has become available, so have leaked CD keys. Here's a post about this situation, and its consequences:

wolf/q3a cd-keys and so forth.

As we see cdkeys being distributed over the Internet those keys are being added to our ban list. It is very important to not share your own cdkey with anyone else.

If you've been playing for a while, get disconnected from your modem, and want to rejoin, you can rejoin the exact server you were on only. Because your IP address has changed, you'll need to wait for the key lease to timeout before you can join another server. The timeout period is 5 minutes.

Wolf uses the same cdkey generation technology as Q3A. THERE HAS NOT BEEN ONE SINGLE HACK on this system. Many so-called cdkey generators are in fact virus attacks that steal your own good cdkey, or worse, corrupt your files.

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25. Copy protection is so 80's... Nov 21, 2001, 07:02 Agrajag
 
I just don't understand how otherwise intelligent people
can delude themselves into thinking ANY copy protection
scheme does a single bit of good... The simple fact is,
there will ALWAYS be a certain segment of sleazebags who
will pirate commercial software... Not a single thing
you do will EVER be able to stop them (short of direct
legal attacks on the individuals themselves)... There
is no magical, undefeatable copy-protection scheme...
If you think you have one, please put down the crack
pipe, and drift back here to reality... I guarantee you
that any given piece of software would sell just as well
with NO copy protection as it would with the most anal,
draconian copy protection you can invent... In fact, it
might sell a hell of a lot BETTER without any protection!
You know why? Because, the ONLY ones that copy protection
truly harms are your legit, paying customers... Those too
honest, or not motivated enough to crack your copy
protection scheme, just so they can legitimately USE the
software they paid good money for... How many returns of
software are because of draconian copy-protection schemes
that pissed off the legit customer so much that he couldn't
take using it any more? I'd wager a LOT of them...

So, given that copy protection does absolutely NOTHING to
prevent piracy (never has, and simply never will), and only
serves to piss off paying customers, and costs extra money
for development, why in the hell do we STILL see companies
using it for their products, in this day and age???? It
just boggles the mind... *shrug*

 
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