I don't own any of that software so it installed without a hitch for me, but I find it very naive that they think they can dictate to someone what other software they can have on their computer (aside from, of course, software required to run the game properly).
I don't know how to feel about it.
One one hand, the CD Spoofing software is probably so good that it's hard to distinguish an actual CD ROM (with disc) from a virtual CD ROM (with a mounted image).
After all, that is the whole goal of Virtual Drives and CD Spoofing software; to fool other software. They've had a lot of practice and are probably pretty good at fooling software.
So, Activision was left with 3 choices:
- Do nothing, and get raped by the warez community
- Try to make the game fail if it THINKS the drive is fake, but that might cause REAL drive to be falsely identified (like what happened with DIABLO II), and piss A LOT of people off
- Do what they're doing. Determine that the software or virtual drivers are installed, and say "we don't trust you, please uninstall this cra"
I agree with another poster that this was probably Activision and not ID. But still, they were probably stuck between a rock and a hard place.
Do nothing, and they'll lose out financially. Try too hard to determine which drive is which, and fail (because there's probably no way to be 100% or even 90% accurate).
Personally, I don't mind it, as I don't use the software. I'm not saying I personally agree with it, I just don't have a major problem with it. I can't imagine this being a slippery slope or anything (companies start checking for other less benign software), as there's a specific reason in this case.
And at least this way, you can uninstall the software, play DOOM 3, then reinstall the software. It's an inconvenience, but it's not stopping you from playing or messing with your system.
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