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Op Ed

Games On Net -- How Cloud Gaming Turned Piracy Into Espionage.
But cloud games arenít fully held by you, the gamer. The gamer only gets enough code to display the game on their computer. Critical data is stored on the server and streamed during play.

This is more than DRM because the gamer gets substantial benefits from the online connection. Two of the biggest are easy access to multiplayer games and increased protection from hacks. Neither could be provided without the online requirementóonline-only means a large multiplayer population, and protecting the server code makes it difficult to hack.

Converting a cloud game to a single player game through reverse engineering is taking what the publisher hasnít given you, and changing it to something elseówith completely different benefits. Itís not fighting DRM. Itís taking whatís not yours.

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29. Re: Op Ed May 12, 2012, 00:57 eunichron
Jerykk wrote on May 11, 2012, 23:54:
This guy has no idea what he's talking about. Diablo 3 is going to get cracked and you'll be able to play it just fine in single-player, just like any other cracked game. While your character data will be stored online for legal copies of the game, crackers will just hack it so that that data is stored locally instead. Voila, problem solved.

The author seems to be under the misconception that the game's assets will be stored online and then somehow streamed to the player during gameplay. He also doesn't understand the difference between cloud gaming and server-side character storage.

The game's assets are stored locally, but things like creature AI, inventory, spawn locations, and dungeon randomization are stored server side. For the crackers to get a true SP game out of it they would need an emulated server (which already existed in the beta), but everything mentioned above would not work. I won't link any here, but you can easily find videos on YouTube showing off the beta server emulators... and yeah, you can play, but it's a severely gimped version of the game.

Though, modders and crackers are industrious types, I'm sure it won't take long for someone to code AI and replacement content.
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