Freyar Posted May 16, 2005 Report Share Posted May 16, 2005 (Note: This is not aimed at 3000AD in any way. This is a general percieval of CopyProtection in today's world.) Well, today I purchased a NEW copy of Homeworld 2 for use in my personal computer. Having a smile on my face as I blazed through the boring, and usually the same bunch of installation menus I come apon this small issue: "Homeworld 2 setup detects that you are not running DirectX 9.0. Homeworld 2 setup will now install DirectX 9." Blinking for a second and checking my DXDiag I noted I was running Direct X 9.0c already and that it was attempting to install DirectX 9.0b. I quickly put a stop to that. The previous smile slightly faded as I went to get pre-liminary patches to make sure I am completely updated and waited idly, listening to GamingFM as I waited. Once it was down the smile was back as I quickly installed the patch and then hit the shortcut to start the application. I sit back and wait for the expected Sierra opening video as the light on my DVD-Drive blinked and it attempted to read the disk. After the smile turned to a frown, I hit the Task Manager to check what was going on. I thought to myself, 'What the hell? HomeWorld2.exe is running... but where is it?" I waited a bit more before getting the single most annoying error in the whole ****ing computer world. "Unable to authenticate disk within time limit." WHAT THE **** IS THIS?! I mean? I legally bought the game.. so why am I being locked out by the stupid copy protection? I looked up some work-arounds on google (god bless it's soul), however nothing came up! Sure there were plenty of people saying "I've been getting this error." which is similar to my own, but there IS NO WORKAROUND. Copy Protection is supposed to prevent the illegal distrobution of software, however it seems to do the exact opposite. I got myself a copy of HomeWorld2 how any other pirate would. (However, owning a legal copy, and CD key.. I shouldn't get in much trouble). Of course, when I run the application it shows the expected Sierra opening video. What's wrong with this? THE FACT THAT THE COPY PROTECTION DESIGNED TO STOP THIS ACT IS STOPPING THE LEGAL USE OF THE SOFTWARE, AND ALLOWING THOSE NOT PAYING FOR THE SOFTWARE TO USE IT! This is unacceptable! What is the point of PURCHASING a game if you can't play it? Why should I waste my family's hard earned credits to purchase a software title so that other people can play it? Bottom Line: If you are going to have Copy Protection on your software, you better ****ing make sure it works. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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