First off, let me just say: HAHAHAHA
I thought politics were limited to government and managerial positions; I was wrong.
Second, I wrote/documented/submitted this ‘howto’ on August 7th to [H]ard|OCP. I don’t care about credit, but I do find it amusing that xtacydima managed to come up with the image straight off of my website.
Third, maybe this method is ‘old,’ but that’s only because it’s the right way to do it. Bastardizing any software package’s installation process to get the job done in anyway other than modifying the main installation file (in this case the .msi file) may be clever, and fully functional, but it’s not perfect.
Lastly, the fine lines of distinction between what is [il]legal is soooo retarded that I can’t even decide where to begin.
It’s ok to combine the three CDs to one DVD, for the purpose of streamlined installation? Because I don’t think they want you doing that.
It’s ok to rip an image of the first disc, in order to emulate it and play without the disc? I think that’s copying the disc also.
It’s ok to make a ‘backup’ copy of the first disc, so that one can play with the copy, and ‘preserve’ the original? Please.
It’s not ok for me to show you how to replace the original executable with a no-cd patched version that will allow you to play without disc 1? That’s what both of the previous two statements are attempting to do… Avoid the need to put disc 1 in the tray.
I don’t even understand where this forum-based paranoia comes from.
[H]ard|OCP posted it right on his main news page… he apparently wasn’t worried about it, or didn’t look at it closely enough to see that it included DIRECTIONS to install a no-cd patch.
Look at my website, the file size (in bytes), of the [illegal] no-cd patch, is the exact size of the doom3.exe file referenced in the .msi file. I don’t see how the no-cd patch?
The bottom line is that you still need the cd-key to install and play Doom3, so some retard that never bought the game, who wanted to ‘pirate’ it following my howto, would still need a key. As soon as they installed it on their computer, using someone else’s key, then they’re pirating. But someone that bought the game, and wants to convert it to a dvd, or play it without putting in the cd, own’s the damn game.
There’s no way in hell I’m going to take all the games I own with me to a LAN party just because I’m not supposed to install no-cd patches for all of them.
I bought the games, I’m playing them, no one else. They’re mine.