by Mike Masnick
Wed, May 12th 2010 6:32pm
A couple years ago, we wrote about Ubisoft apparently using an internet crack to get around its own DRM after an Ubisoft patch screwed up the system and tried to require gamers, who had bought the downloaded version, to place the (non-existent) CD in the tray to prove that they had bought the game. It looks like Rockstar Games has now been caught doing something similar. BigKeithO points us to a forum discussion that suggests Rockstar is using a cracked version of its game Max Payne 2 on Steam, for the same reason (to get around the CD check). Apparently, in examining the code with a hex editor, someone discovered that the official Steam release is ascii tagged by the Scene release group Myth (which hasn't been around for many, many years). No one's quite sure what happened exactly, but the obvious suggestion is that Rockstar chose the easy way out in trying to remove the CD check DRM in the game to put it on Steam, and just found a cracked version online.
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