You are welcome Hypnosis4U2NV ,
I just want every one to be really informed and to know exactly what they are up against.
I have tried to point out FACTS no stipulation no imagination, just facts.
I guess they would go to any extent to protect their investment. I hate to imagine how much EA has paid Macrovision.
Do expect a lot of titles that are some how published or distributed by EA (Lucos Arts) to be protected with the SD2 almost as we speak.
But I am sure there is going to be a way to get around it, not by craks or hacks but by understanding how SD2 works and then undo it. NO one doubts that it could take quite some time. As I am sure you know that Macrovision did not write the SD2 overnight !
Don't forget games do need patches, specially now when they get released way earlier than scheduled. Needless to say most can be buggy as hell. Guess what the patch is going to to with your CRACK and hacks visversa ?
You can kiss the multiplayer good bye in most cases not all but most cases.
Example, there are already patches for RA2, Hitman, Alice, and I am sure there would be more to come.
As far as yyou being able to copy those other SD2 titles mentioned, if you do have a Plex 8/20 SCSI and ONLY THIS MODEL then you are laughing ! or if you have the latest Iomega 12x10x32 (this one can write the images by CCD fine but would not read Subchannel data ( games such as CM2, Insane, Project IGI and Vrally 2, Home World catacalysm that are mostly protected with Securom 2 DEPENDS on SUBCHANNEL READING) are out of question.
I can assure you and save you wasting a lot of CDs if you don't have one of drives mentioned then you are out of Luck.
Having said that, FOR NOW,depending on your burner you could still make an imperfect copy the SD2 titles imperfect cause you would only be able to play them ONLY ON THE BURNER THAT THEY WERE BURNED FROM NOTING ELSE.
I am refering to those titles with the heavy tier SD2 like the ones that I have mentioned. Or any other popular upcoming EA titles.
IN any case don't feel bad a good number of others have tried tests after tests with all kinds of media and CCD versions and CCD options, speed and combination that you could imagine but again for now the answer is NO.
Finally don't under estimate Macrovision, although their protection is tricky, there were only a very few cases that the original SD2 protected title was rejected by some CD-ROMs IRRESPECTIVE OF THE AGE OF THE CD-ROM.
Sorry if this is not what you have expected to hear but that is the fact as it stands now.
Cheers, and happy holidays !