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Battlefield 3 Hacked to Work Without Origin?

Hackers have worked out a way to play Battlefield 3 without using the Origin service that EA requires of players of the military shooter sequel, reports Gamasutra. They have apparently acquired the cracked version of the game, saying it includes the following statement: "This release is dedicated to our fans worldwide who bought this game on [sic] legal way and don't want to install the trojan from Electronic Arts to play online." They also say EA has not yet commented on this situation. Thanks Destructoid.

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46. Re: Battlefield 3 Hacked to Work Without Origin? Nov 6, 2011, 19:35 RollinThundr
 
Prez wrote on Nov 2, 2011, 15:51:
Correct me if I'm wrong, but Valve games can't be played outside of the Steam wrapper, can they? (Legitimately in mp, I mean)

If not, then is it safe to assume that Origin is less intricately tied into BF3 then Steam is to, say, Left 4 Dead?

I think that would be safe to say, Origin is the log in and that's all basically beyond that BF3 doesn't even touch it as far as I can tell.
 
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45. Re: Battlefield 3 Hacked to Work Without Origin? Nov 4, 2011, 10:07 Ant
 
Verno wrote on Nov 4, 2011, 09:58:
You'll believe something hasn't happened when you see it?

I'm running the modified executable btw and will continue doing so.
Cool, let's know if anything happens later on. I still want BF3, but can't now.
 
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44. Re: Battlefield 3 Hacked to Work Without Origin? Nov 4, 2011, 09:58 Verno
 
You'll believe something hasn't happened when you see it?

I'm running the modified executable btw and will continue doing so.
 
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43. Re: Battlefield 3 Hacked to Work Without Origin? Nov 4, 2011, 09:25 Ant
 
Verno wrote on Nov 4, 2011, 09:21:
EA is trying to grow Origin, they aren't going to ban people for this any more than Steam will ban you for using cracked executables.
I will believe it when I see it. I am still using XP Pro. SP3 so no problems for me.
 
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42. Re: Battlefield 3 Hacked to Work Without Origin? Nov 4, 2011, 09:21 Verno
 
EA is trying to grow Origin, they aren't going to ban people for this any more than Steam will ban you for using cracked executables.  
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41. Re: Battlefield 3 Hacked to Work Without Origin? Nov 4, 2011, 08:59 Ant
 
I bet EA will ban players who do this even with their legit copies.  
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40. Re: Battlefield 3 Hacked to Work Without Origin? Nov 3, 2011, 12:34 venomhed
 
I use FF with typically 3-7 tabs open. Leave it open/on overnight and watch the memory double by morning.

FF has always had a memory leak across ALL versions. Closing tabs does reduce some of the mem leaks but it ALWAYS keeps rising.

Very inefficient browser.
 
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39. Re: Battlefield 3 Hacked to Work Without Origin? Nov 3, 2011, 03:07 eRe4s3r
 
Fair enough, but realize that Firefox memory usage is dependent on a lot of stuff, including how much ram you have, and my ff right now, uses 400mb - thats 10% of my entire RAM for display of static web-pages.. something is seriously broken with firefox memory management as well, because if i close all tabs, it doesn't go down

So when i start now battlelog, Firefox uses 400mb ram, 400mb not used for BF3

Also i am on firefox 8 ^^
 
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38. Re: Battlefield 3 Hacked to Work Without Origin? Nov 3, 2011, 03:04 eRe4s3r
 
I wish i could...  
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37. Re: Battlefield 3 Hacked to Work Without Origin? Nov 2, 2011, 23:27 Dev
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Nov 2, 2011, 15:02:
works fine on IE9 though, and uses MUCH less ram than firefox (which is a pretty damn big factor given that firefox uses 300mb, and IE9 90mb...
If you say so
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Prez wrote on Nov 2, 2011, 15:51:
Correct me if I'm wrong, but Valve games can't be played outside of the Steam wrapper, can they? (Legitimately in mp, I mean)

If not, then is it safe to assume that Origin is less intricately tied into BF3 then Steam is to, say, Left 4 Dead?
Depends. Portal 2 would let you play multiplayer with the pirate version by running console commands, and not using steam at all. I was seeing weird behavior from some people who I randomly joined, such as their pointer not working. A quick google later and turns out that's one of the symptoms of using the pirate version.

If it works with the pirate version, presumably it would work with the legit version (I never tried it with my purchased copy)

Anyway, yes, origin is less tied than steam in general to valve games, since it's mostly a launcher and they use an entirely separate web browser based server thing.

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36. Re: Battlefield 3 Hacked to Work Without Origin? Nov 2, 2011, 22:50 Porn-O-Matic
 
Haha! Fuck EA and their bullshit Origin crap.  
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35. Re: Battlefield 3 Hacked to Work Without Origin? Nov 2, 2011, 21:43 Tanto Edge
 
CALLED IT!
HAHAHAHA!
 
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34. Re: Battlefield 3 Hacked to Work Without Origin? Nov 2, 2011, 19:57 Sepharo
 
Like Krovven said you can import your Origin friends, other than that it is useful for the overlay. The Battlelog chat panels don't pop up in the game and you need to alt tab to see (or even know about) them. If I use the Origin friends list chat at least the person I'm trying to get a hold of will get a notification and can hit Shift+F1 to use an overlay heavily influenced by Steam's.

But other than that I see no beneficial reason for Origin, and one could argue that Battlelog should have the overlay not Origin anyway.
 
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33. Re: Battlefield 3 Hacked to Work Without Origin? Nov 2, 2011, 19:43 Krovven
 
jacobvandy wrote on Nov 2, 2011, 18:30:
The Origin friends list doesn't do anything for BF3.

You can import BF3 owners on your Origin friends list to Battlelog.

 
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32. Re: win-win Nov 2, 2011, 19:09 Shataan
 
Personally, I don`t give a rats azz about EAs B/S issues with any foxing hacks.

What we NEED is the freaking patch for BF 3. So DICE/EA/Origin???? Get your sh*t wired and start releasing some performance updates!!!!
 
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31. Re: win-win Nov 2, 2011, 18:32 entr0py
 
space captain wrote on Nov 2, 2011, 18:00:
So piracy is now acceptable and mainstream?

haha, fuck yeh

I think the whole reason that gaming websites feel free to report this is because it isn't piracy. You still can't play online without buying the game. Just removing DRM on something you own is mainstream.

I'm sure the same group did crack and distribute the single player portion as well, but that's not really what the story is about.
 
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30. Re: Battlefield 3 Hacked to Work Without Origin? Nov 2, 2011, 18:30 jacobvandy
 
entr0py wrote on Nov 2, 2011, 17:59:
jacobvandy wrote on Nov 2, 2011, 17:35:
Origin does NOTHING but launch and I guess update the game (hasn't been a patch since the first day, though they have maintenance and server updates daily it seems), as mentioned it doesn't even provide friends list functionality... But if Battlelog can check whether your game is updated and tell Origin to launch the game, why couldn't it apply patches and launch the BF3 .exe itself? The only reason to require Origin for BF3 is to force people into "using" it.

Sure it has a friends list, that's pretty much the only point of the Origin overlay if you have it enabled. Or, on the Origin client, you can click the add friends button in the lower right corner. Unlike Steam I think the friends tab doesn't display if you're friendless.

I certainly agree Origin is required, not actually to provide the users with benefits, but to add a layer of DRM and install a games store. But the same is true of every game that requires Steam. Otherwise they wouldn't require it, they'd just let people use if if they choose.

The Origin friends list doesn't do anything for BF3. Wouldn't matter if you have 100 friends there, you still have to add them to Battlelog in order to see where they're playing, invite them to your game, group up, voice chat, etc. That's where Origin fails big time compared to Steam; it's not an API used by games for a standardized friends list, achievements, stat tracking, and all that good stuff, it's just DRM and a store.

They're trying to strong-arm an audience into using a service before the service is there. That's not how it works. When Steam launched as a requirement for Counter-Strike 1.6, they already had all of the friends list and server browsing and whatnot implemented and [mostly] working. They didn't make you go use another service that did all of that and just called on Steam to launch the game.
 
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29. Re: win-win Nov 2, 2011, 18:00 space captain
 
So piracy is now acceptable and mainstream?

haha, fuck yeh
 
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28. Re: Battlefield 3 Hacked to Work Without Origin? Nov 2, 2011, 17:59 entr0py
 
jacobvandy wrote on Nov 2, 2011, 17:35:
Origin does NOTHING but launch and I guess update the game (hasn't been a patch since the first day, though they have maintenance and server updates daily it seems), as mentioned it doesn't even provide friends list functionality... But if Battlelog can check whether your game is updated and tell Origin to launch the game, why couldn't it apply patches and launch the BF3 .exe itself? The only reason to require Origin for BF3 is to force people into "using" it.

Sure it has a friends list, that's pretty much the only point of the Origin overlay if you have it enabled. Or, on the Origin client, you can click the add friends button in the lower right corner. Unlike Steam I think the friends tab doesn't display if you're friendless.

I certainly agree Origin is required, not actually to provide the users with benefits, but to add a layer of DRM and install a games store. But the same is true of every game that requires Steam. Otherwise they wouldn't require it, they'd just let people use if if they choose.
 
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27. Re: Battlefield 3 Hacked to Work Without Origin? Nov 2, 2011, 17:53 Paranoid Jack
 
I have a friend that works at GameStop his console version of BF3 stopped working day two. I 've been wondering if he was mistakenly banned? Have you tried contacting Dice and/or EA?  
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