This article goes into 5 main categories of hacking/cheating, you can arm yourself with that information so that you can precisely identify the techniques of the cheaters to more effectively provide the proof needed to ban them. One thing I can say hands down that if you are a cheater, the time to do it is now, the authorities will become more involved as people start hunting you down.
Japan has started arresting video game hackers. Well deserved, I applaud the efforts of the authorities and I will vote for any politician/other that seeks to pursue this precise form of using authority.
As I become older as a gamer, I'm becoming more interested in starting a security contracting firm (think Blackwater) that would hunt cheaters and their service providers down, I have military contacts that are avid gamers and perhaps they could be interested (let me know Brad). The idea seems wonderfully appealing especially since we have a republican president who wants to flood the defense department with money.
Who else would enjoy seeing some cheaters go to prison?
For folks who actually compromise remote servers, that is already a crime.
For the maphackers and others who only modify the behavior of their own computer? That (TOS violation) is a grey area but most courts have held that as a civil breach of contract at most. And that's the way it should stay. TOS policies should not have the weight of criminal law. Otherwise, you could to this...
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Enjoy your stay in jail!
Whilst attempting compliance with your TOS I fell over and subsequently broke my arm....please look forward to a civil suit for compensation....
Ok I see your point until it gets rediculous, like when I can't the same software on multiple computers I own. That is like telling me I can't play that cd in my boom box because I bought it for my stereo. It's one thing to buy the game then I have to register it when I don't have the internet. This one happened to me if I forget my account but I registered the game under that account I can't reload my game. I bought civilization 5 I had to register it under steam years later I forgot I did that, but still had the same password, so when I bought Skyrim I had to register it under steam. This presented a problem when I forgot I already registered under steam when my password didn't work. I couldn't figure out the problem, so I registered under my backup email I never use. In case noone sees this problem; because, I never use my backup email it can't work for password retrieval. A few computer crashes later I forgot my password, but I had my serial number to skyrim that now wont work; because that number is registered to another account that is not being used; because it is me. User name, and password recovery wont work; because the email is discontinued; because of unuse. As far as I'm concerned steam stole skyrim from me when I had the cd, now I don't have it. Where are the ones there to throw steam in jail for stealing a game from me. They have gone to far. Please throw these people in jail.
No, it isn't.
In the case of the CD [music], it's always required to be in the machine on which it is being played....one use at a time. Unless the Game 'cd' has an activation drive-check requiring the same [doesn't happen with a downloaded game] the copyrught protection is limited to a registration process.
It is in your case a simple omission on your part "I forgot", and not the fault of the Game company/distributor/whatever...
I'm just asking I thought you couldn't have the game on multiple computers that is what the copyright always say when I read them. Are you saying I can have the same game on multiple computers as long as I'm not running it at the same time.
I think the second part is where Skyrim didn't work when I had the Cd and serial number because I had registered it under a account I couldn't use.
Games are typically single-use - activated once on one machine only.
Some games have been known to be tolerant and allow secondary activations, only getting upset when there are frequent/multiples indicating sharing/ripping...
Edit...responding to your edit....
As with any/all purchases it's critical that the purchaser ensures he retains the capacity to reactivate/whatever if needed...in other words...be sure it is activated with an active account, not one you plan to abandon.
I agree that games are planned to be single use. That is my point about cd's weren't. I could take a Cd to a friends house even loan it to him. Sure this would be the same as requiring him to have the cd didn't games use to do that. You can even make these un copy able. The logic of requiring the serial number I have no comparison, but now requiring an online registration takes this into the arena I've described where this has gone to far.
As far as the other point I have learned a lesson basically what you said take time to do things right, and don't rush into things half cocked.
This is probably the extent about how I feel. If anyone can't, or don't want to afford to buy the software there is a alternative called linux. It's not like there is an option. Or there is a lot of free software options.
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