Thursday, May 13, 2010

Had to share.

I'll be posting later on something more substantive. But I had to share this in follow-up to my earlier post on intellectual property.

Game publisher/developer Rockstar Games recently released Max Payne 2 for download on a service called Steam. Max Payne 2 originally required a CD to play. So, Rockstar had to change the code to allow it to run without a CD. See here for the story, but the short version: they used a version of the game that had been cracked by a now-defunct pirate group called Myth.

So, a legitimate games publisher used an illegal piece of code in order to get functionality that they can now turn around and sell to consumers.

Who's got the better product again?

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