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Raedon
07-18-2008, 01:49 PM
I got a kick out of this.

from: Skeptobot (http://www.skeptobot.com/2008/07/ubisoft-found-pirating-pirates.html)



Have you ever bought a game, and then not managed to get it working on your machine? Have you ever had to resort to downloading a 'no-cd' crack to get it to run? I know I have, and I know that the games industry considers me a massive pirate due to buying their software, then running it in a way they don't like.

Which makes this thread (http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/1991064316/m/1381029176/p/1) over on the Ubisoft forums all the more entertaining. When faced with a version of Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 that wasn't working on lots of machines, ubisoft did exactly what you would have done. They went and got a no-cd crack off the internet and released it as an official patch.

Here's the crackers code in the patch (apparently the name tag gives it away):

http://img401.imageshack.us/img401/7480/r6vegas2ab6.png


I'm not condoning piracy, even when you're pirating the pirates, but what I do like here, is that I'm sure everyone here has "pirated" in the black and white eyes of Ubisoft. But you know what you did wasn't wrong. You know you're not a pirate just because you didn't want to put your disk in your machine to get your game to work.

And today, by stealing that code, Ubisoft have acknowledged that piracy, at least when it concerns them, does indeed have shades of grey.

All respect goes to neilthecellist for revealing the story and Oby for bringing it to my attention.

Sudo
07-18-2008, 02:14 PM
Absolutely hilarious. I'm a fan of Ubisoft Montreal's games (Assassin's Creed, Beyond Good and Evil, the Prince of Persia games), but this is beyond hypocritical of them as a company.

SpaceHarrier
07-18-2008, 04:44 PM
File Under: Okami Wii cover art (with IGN watermark)

haha, lazy developers

roushimsx
07-18-2008, 04:52 PM
Beyond Good and Evil

That's Ubisoft Montpellier. Montreal was responsible for the good Splinter Cell games and the current Splinter Cell abortion that's already been completely scrapped once (Conviction). God, I hope they bring it all together... that team is normally pretty hot. Assassin's Creed was mostly ex-Prince of Persia team members (and spearheaded by someone who'd previously produced one of the most uninteresting and pointless MMORPGs ever).

I always find it funny when companies jack community material and release it as if it was their own work. Hamster stealing MAME code, Jaleco stealing PocketNES, Ubisoft integrating a warez group's no-cd crack into an official patch, etc. Good chuckles all around when they get caught red handed.

Kitsune Sniper
07-18-2008, 07:39 PM
Jaleco stealing PocketNES

Don't forget Capcom and Technos / Million.

God. I remember when Ubisoft wasn't so bad. :(

heybtbm
07-18-2008, 08:56 PM
This reminds me of the time the Butthole Surfers officially released a popular bootleg of their live performances as their own. They just bought a copy, cleaned it up and released it on their label. The bootleggers couldn't do a thing about it.

boatofcar
07-18-2008, 09:58 PM
This reminds me of the time the Butthole Surfers officially released a popular bootleg of their live performances as their own. They just bought a copy, cleaned it up and released it on their label. The bootleggers couldn't do a thing about it.

Zappa used to use bootleg album covers for his own albums. Great stuff.