Battlefield 3 Torrent Leaked, But You Can't Play It

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EdgeTrigger

Remember that you’ll need an active Internet connection and Origin account in order to play BF3, even in single-player mode. While those limitations really, truly suck for gamers on the up-and-up who actually shell out hard-earned dollars for the game, that strict DRM is currently preventing file sharers from enjoying multi-person mayhem prior to the game’s release date.  Of course, it’s only a matter of time before a crack becomes available, of course, but for now, Softpedia reports that the 9.96Gb files won’t do anything other than take up space on your hard drive.

 

Are you kidding the crack is out, and people are playing.  There is no code that can't be cracked,  the only way to slow it down is in the hardware, you know, game console's.  

All DRM does is discourage legal purchases.  Hell, I crack games that I buy.

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ramblerblake

I already plan on buying the game but I have internet that goes down for a couple seconds every now and then so I also plan on just downloading the crack from the torrent. I think it would take me over a week to actually download the game illegally anyways not to mention I love having the physical disc that I can use.

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Gezzer

I have one question and one observation.

This isn't the first time that code has been released before a game has even gone to the company dupping the disks. It's not as if someone bought a retail copy and then cracked it. This is someone on the inside leaking the gold version before it hits the street. So I would think that there's a person with an axe to grind. Remember the EA wives story about how draconian publishers could get during "crunch" time. So do you think maybe this is someones "screw u EA" about working conditions?

It's funny how a company decides not to go all harsh on DRM, gives the players tons of extra no charge, and they're not the target of pirates. There's a ton of indie games where the players aren't the enemy and they do great with little to no piracey. No AAA titles? How about ProjeckCD and both Witcher titles which are an example of how to do it right. Again no harsh DRM and treating the customer like a customer not an "revenue stream". 

I'm not saying I'm going to boycott BF3 or EA, but you'd think with all the examples on how to do it right that these AAA publishers would get a clue. I am not a REVENUE STREAM I am a GAMER and a CUSTOMER. Treat me like that and you'll be surprised. 

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JeyNyce

I agree, instead of gaming companies blaming PC gamers on piracy, why don't they look at the companies that burn the CDs/ DVDs for them.  They get first access to the files and they can put it out into the wild.

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Holly Golightly

Wow, this seemed so sudden. Always On DRM? I do not think EA has ever done this before. You know DRM only hurts paid customers and not pirates. Typically, pirates love a good challenge, and have successfully cracked every form of DRM out there. It is only a matter of time before this DRM gets cracked too. The game is destined to sell, but there are some people who truly hate EA for whatever reason. I am a little shocked about what EA just did. Chances are, I may not buy the game. I want my games to stay far away from anything internet as possible. Always On DRM has to be by far the most alienating method of DRM. Sigh...

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bling581

"I do not think EA has ever done this before."

I think all of the newer EA games I own require you to login to access the game. Mass Effect and Dragon Age are among them. Perhaps it's just for the DLC content? I'm not at home so I can't try to play offline but I've had problems in the past with the games not working correctly because I lost my connection or their servers can't register my DLC content. It's lovely to be locked out of your saved game files or from certain quests because their servers are messed up.

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Holly Golightly

Oh, that I did not know. I only played The Sims 2, Sim City 4, Need For Speed Carbon and Alice: Madness Returns on my computer. None of these games require an Always On connection. The downloaded expansion packs for The Sims did require a connection just to launch the game. It only uses 1 DRM, so, if you recently purchased a CD ROM expansion pack, then you will have to put the latest CD on your optical drive instead of having an internet connection. It just uses the latest DRM. So whichever is the newest, that is the method of DRM you have to use. Internet or Physical.

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bling581

The last time I played Dragon Age Origins I constantly had problems with EA not registering my DLC content. If you previously saved your game in an area that was exlusive to DLC content then it wouldn't load the game.

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stradric

I find your statement kind of ironic in a certain context.  People often complain about Diablo traditionally being an offline single player game suddenly forced into an always-online experience with D3.  Now we have the reverse: Battlefield has always been an online game that they tacked a single player mode on to compete with CoD.  Now people (you) are complaining that a traditionally always-online game will be always-online with BF3.

Developers simply can't win.  People will complain about anything and everything.

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Holly Golightly

I never complained about a game being offline. I do not like being forced to use an internet connection just to play a game. I like the option to play online, but don't force me to log online. Paid customers like having a choice. Once developers learn that all the customer want is a choice, then the developers will win. Plain and simple, really.

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johnny3144

i don't support pirating, but i really REALLY hope somoene crack this and pirate the shit out of it. just to teach EA this DRM BS isn't working and it isn't OK to do shit like this.

 

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maleficarus™

I think it is awsome that you can't play unless you pay!

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Holly Golightly

Once again, you can't run Steam to play this game... But ORIGINS!!!!!!!!! Ah, ha ha ha ha ha... Sucks to be you!

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maleficarus™

I use both Steam and Origin...

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Caboose

Same here. Honestly, I don't see what the big issue is with people hating on Origin. Holly, care to enlighten us?

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Holly Golightly

I do not hate Origins. If anything, I love them! My hate is with Steam. 

Origins, all I have to do is just activate the game once with Origins. No internet connection required. At least when I tried it with Alice Madness Returns. I do not need to run Origins just to launch a game. I can launch the game without it.

Steam, in order to play any game, I need to automatically log into my account with a password. Some Steam Games come with their own DRM, making it 2 methods of DRM. The games that are suppose to go without DRM, come with the Steam DRM. That fact that you are forced to run the client just to play a game makes Valve just as evil as FaceBook. They are both popular for all the wrong reasons.

Honestly, I prefer a client-free gaming experience. Origins gives me that option to play the game without the client while Steam does not give me that choice at all. I love Origins, Game Comrade, and Gamer's Gate.

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maleficarus™

Your argument would make sense back in 1998 when the common PC only had 256MB of system memory, then running several applications just to play a game would eat up valuable resources. But let us move to the year 2011 when the common memory count for even low-end PC's is 4GB. Yes Holly that is four GB, as in billions. So now your lame argument holds as much water as a moon made out of cheeze! To further destroy your argument we are all on dual and quad cores CPU's. And now with AMD's BD add 8 cores to this list! We have the power and memory to run dozens of applications at the same time!

Stop crying like a little baby! This is the year 2011 not 1998!!

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Holly Golightly

You just don't understand now don't you. Time for me to break it down to the clearest point possible.

If you go more than 30 days without broadband, your computer loses its credentials under the Steam Client. Meaning, you can not access ANY of your Steam games. All your game saves are all locked until you gain internet access for the Steam Client. Your $50 game should not contain any unnecessary 3rd party requirements... Point blank. Internet is a luxury, not a necessity. You may never know when you will get fired from your job. Who will pay your bills then? We can not always rely on broadband. Productivity applications, and any other expensive programs you buy should not require an internet connection. It seems unprofessional. Soon you will see games requiring FaceBook accounts. When will the internet stop intruding in our private lives. Ever wonder why those Steam games are so cheap?

Resources... Yes, there are people who own $1,000 CPUs that are insanely overclocked while being cooled with liquid nitrogen and 32GB of RAM and 8-way CrossFireX/SLi (4 duo gpu cards) giving you a total of 20.4 TeraFlops of raw computing power with twin 1.5 kilowatt power supplies giving a grand total power of 3 Kilowatts with 2TB of PCI-Express SSDs. Yes, the future is all about power. However, we live in a world where not everybody can afford $20,000 gaming beasts. We have people in places like India who STILL use 256MB of RAM. Not everybody is a million dollar American. Even if everybody did. Steam discourages efficiency. Even if it took one quarter of a byte, if will always be something running in the background. I try to run as little programs as possible to encourage optimization. I want faster boot times, faster load times, and I want less power consumed. It is my program, I paid for it. Why should I be forced to run somebody elses program? 

VAC status. You know... If you get caught doing something Valve does not agree with, they could ban your account. If you lose your account, guess what happens to all of those paid games you took advantage during those Steam Sales? Gone, you are locked out forever. Goodluck re-buying your library. Do you see how wrong Steam's policy can be? You are probably okay with this.

Steam is like OnLive in many aspects. You pay to access a game. You do not own the game. You play under their rules, under their client, and they have the power to block accounts which means you can not log in to play any of your games. Some Steam games come with 2 methods of DRM.

Steam is not a natural choice. Many people were forced to use Steam. Why admit defeat and submit to the enemy? Till this day, steam forces people who buy retail copies to create Steam accounts. You have to understand that some people in the south and midwest do not have reliable internet access to download the latest patches, files, mods, or even games themselves. Putting Steam on a retail copy is by far the dumbest thing that has happened in PC Gaming history. Digital Download Storefronts should stay far away from physical media. Sadly, people are blinded by SteamWorks DRM as being the best thing since white bread.

You have to assume that NOT everybody has 4GB of RAM PCs, reliable internet connections, and hates having a physical collections of games. Maybe you should stop being ignorant, because not everybody is like you.

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maleficarus™

You are being a drama-queen. In this day and age everyone has the internet. It is as common as the home phone. Matter of fact, it is MORE common. If you haven't used steam in 30 days and you play games you either are in jail or do not care about your games!! If you are still using 256GB of system memory you can't play any games on steam anyways so your point again is moon-cheeze!. And I have some bad news for you. Origin, after you install any game valadates that it is legit. Guess what sherlock? You need an internet connection for that now don't you? Or do you think you can just "Harry Potter" bypass that? You have no worrys about steam VAC unless you like to cheat or like to download cheat codes etc. And again guess what? you deserve to lose all your games if you cheat! Yes, I know this concept is hard for some to grasp but you cheat, you lose, that simple!That is crystal clear to the majority.

Holly: Almost every single game requires the internet to at the very least legit the game. You have to load up Origin to play origin games. It might not be the exact same way as Steam but make no mistake, Origin is loaded up in the background to validate the game you are playing. To prove this point try loading up BF3 with Origin uninstalled and see what happends? Stop acting like a spoiled little-brat that can't steal games anymore! This is the year 2011 not 1997! The days of just sliding in your CD to play a PC game ended about 10 years ago now! Finally, your point about owing the software you just bought: No you do not own it! You bought the right to USE the software under whatever EULA conditions they see fit! You do not own it in anyway shape or form! If EA wants you todo 20 jumping-jacks in the air before you play one of there games, then that is what you have to do! This isn't rocket science...

Your main argument about Steam holds no weight whatsoever! "The pot calling the kettle black" is all you are doing. Do you know what this phrase means? Grow up geez...

On a final note: You seem to have missed the whole point with DRM in the first place! It is there to protect the investment of the software makers. It is there only way to make sure they get paid for there hard work. It dosen;t matter what country you were born in. Everyone deserves to be paid for there work! All the game stealing online has forced there hand in doing this. If you want to blame anyone, blame the people downloading off all those torrent sites! Yes, you read that right, blame the source of this problem and not the solution. The hate you express should be directed at all the people stealing software! Put that energy in making a difference there, not at the people trying to protect there many years of hard work. Do you realize that to make a game takes years and millions of dollars? Look at BF3. It has been in delevolpment for years now. All those years the programers have to be paid up front. So EA already made the investment. They have to protect there investment! It dosen't matter if you were born in Iraq, we all have the default right to be paid fully for our work!!

To everyone reading this rant that downloaded the BF3 leak: Pay for the games and support the gaming industry!! Stop causing our DRM problems because the more you steal, the more they try to protect. This concept is not hard to understand...

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Holly Golightly

The purpose of DRM is to encourage greed among the larger corporations. That is right, only a small percentage of people pirate compared to those who pay legally. The only reason why pirating is bigger in some countries over others is because of Region Locking. If you treat Russian people and Chinese people like crimminals and region lock against their countries, of course they are going to act like criminals and pirate at a phenominal rate. What large corporations want is every single last penny. They want to charge that 2% minority so they can return that money to the greedy shareholders. Life is not about money. The "Almighty" Dollar does not improve life. Money is the root of all evil. Capitalism is alienating. Greed is wrong.

GOG is what Valve should turn Steam into. A place where you can download expensive games you worked hard for, all free of tacky DRM. You work hard, and you deserve to keep what you buy. If I can not keep what I buy, you are damn straight I am going to pirate that game, and I have done for many games. You should try those Skidrow Cracks. They are amazing.

Hey everybody, keep pirating!!! We can not submit to the enemy. We have to be headstrong just like the music industry. I remember a time when music came with DRM. And now that is history. Let's make some more history!

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maleficarus™

And so you just admitted to being part of the problem and not part of the solution! This is why I think you are not only a common theif, but an idiot as well!

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Holly Golightly

What I am doing is for a cause. I encourage other people to join me. You may label revolutionaries as terrorists, I label them as heros. You may call cracking DRM as pirating, I view it as making a statement against greed. Fact is, we need a DRM-free future, and paying them to add DRM is by far the dumbest thing I have ever heard of. Your problem is, you do not want to look like the fool who has paid the enemy to continue his old dirty habits. You just proved to the world that you are the bigger idiot in your previous post. Congratulations.

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Caboose

*facepalm*

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kixofmyg0t

Hmmm....play the DRM riddled PC version on a 24" monitor by myself.....

or....

Play a DRM-less PS3 version that looks the same on a 46" TV with a bunch of friends over.....

 

Decisions decisions......

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germanogre

double post

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germanogre

...so why not have the DRM riddled copy on the 46" TV by connecting said TV to your PC? Deus Ex:HR looked great on my 55".

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germanogre

...so why not have the DRM riddled copy on the 46" TV by connecting said TV to your PC? Deus Ex:HR looked great on my 55".

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Danthrax66

It only looks the same if you play the PC version on low quality.

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stinkypeepers

hmmm...play the DRM riddled PC version on a 24in. monitor with up to 64 players per server....

 

or....

 

play a DRM-less PS3/XBOX version with up to 24 players...snooze.  i'll take the DRM for more players anyday.

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Caboose

More players, better visuals, (and I'm sure it'll eventually come out) mods, superior controls, fewer tools and douches playing...

Ya, I'll take the DRM riddled PC version too!

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bling581

The controls alone are enough to keep me from playing FPS on a console. I can't stand the lack of precision a "joystick" on a controller gives you.

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Deviate

Shiver me timbers!

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Modroneman

This article makes me happy as a reformed pc gaming pirate. Thanks to Steam, my pirate days are over! With a library of almost 220 games, Steam is the best thing to happen to PC gaming!

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I Jedi

Why would you even pirate to begin with, if you don't mind my asking? I understand that game prices keep going up, and that it seems gamers keep getting the ass end of the deal, but by having pirated, you're just admitting to being part of the problem for why gamers have felt screwed for so long, as gaming companies continuously justify DRM'ing the heck out of their games because of pirates. Regardless, gaming companies would probably do it anyway, but pirates just justify the end means.

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Danthrax66

1. Ease of access, generally easier to jsut torrent a game

2. No DRM

3. If you don't have money (honestly don't have money) you can torrent games and play them for free.

4. Old games that aren't being sold any more.

5. Bought the game lost the disc/cd key.

6. EA fucks up and deletes my Crysis account/my account on their servers gets reset to level 1. (yes this happened to me)

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stradric

1. We're talking pre-Steam I'm assuming.  Because pirating a game means you have to install the crack and jump through any other necessary hoops.  Also, when the game is patched, you have to get the updated crack.  It's not really easier.  It's often a hassle and the game is often broken in some way.

2. There's still DRM.  You just have to crack it.  Cracking it often results in unexpected behavior or limited functionality.  You might have to use a private server, for example, to play an online game with friends.

3. Or if you don't want to spend money...  If you have a beefy enough gaming computer to play BF3, you can probably afford the game.

4. Sure.

5. Sure.

6. You should call their tech support.  I got Crysis 2 for free because the download didn't work.

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scavndrf

The companies can do all they want to justify it.  The simple fact is that DRM does nothing to stop pirates.  They've had Steam emulators out as long as Steam has been around.  Pirates aren't the issue.  Crappy games or games released too early with too many bugs would be the problem. 

DRM will generally cause more people to pirate because their games aren't hindered by DRM or needing to have the disc in all the time to play the game.

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alex_dh9

It's kind of surprising that Skidrow hasn't cracked it already.

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Ashton2091

Give it time. Im not gonna weigh in on if pirating is wrong or not...but I will say that there will be a workaround for this. Not sure when, or how soon...but there will def be a work around for Always On DRM.

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Biceps

Pirates suck.

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xs0u1x

keyword being "LEAKED"

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CentiZen

untill skidrow finishes their work, that is

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bloodgain

I was just gonna say that.

Now that it's out, I give it until the end of the week before SkidRow turns EA's "Always-on" DRM into always-off DRM.

I mean, come on -- somebody figured out how to crack multiplayer through Steam. If they can dupe Steam's multiplayer checks, a little phone-home DRM isn't gonna stop them. When will companies learn that DRM only hurts the honest consumer? Even the best DRM will be circumvented by someone with enough desire to get around it. The crackers are as smart or smarter than the DRM developers.

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Supall

EA probably released it themselves to catch all of the pirates and sue them later.

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vpitcher07

I agree. It would be extremely unwise to download that torrent. It's probably infested with anti p2p hosts waiting for you to ping them.

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Danthrax66

Seedbox in a foreign country :D use Tor to download the files from there. Fuck EA.

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