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Old 20-03-2006, 9:11 AM
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Hi

First post, hopefully this is the best place for it.

http://www.trackmanianations.com

Free car racing game, part of an international competition, but kept me amused for hours without going on line and competing.

Warning **256Mbyte download**

Played fine on my year old laptop.




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Old 22-03-2006, 8:26 AM
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tried downloading it and it kept bringing up an error message. anyone else had problems?
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Old 22-03-2006, 8:50 AM
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What was the error? Just tried the download again, seemed fine.
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Old 22-03-2006, 10:08 AM
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Working OK, just downloaded it.
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Old 22-03-2006, 11:35 AM
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Thanks for this, Hubby is totally addicted to it now lol, now I can't get on my pc after 5-30 coz he's playing the game for hours!!! :rolleyes:
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Old 22-03-2006, 11:41 AM
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Nice find... Downloading it now.
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Old 22-03-2006, 12:56 PM
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saw this link on here before and downloaded it. It is a good addicitive game!
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Old 22-03-2006, 4:35 PM
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Personally I won't get this game because I believe that it uses StarForce copy protection. It is alleged (through anacdotal evidence so far) that this protection system causes problems with CD/DVD writers. I'm not prepared to take the risk that my system will be corrupted.

More information can be found at:

http://www.glop.org/starforce/

http://discuss.futuremark.com/forum/...=&fpart=1&vc=1

http://www.sysinternals.com/Forum/fo...527&PN=1&TPN=1

Sorry for the negative post - you are free to make up your own minds of course, but I thought a warning was in order.

[EDIT] If someone who has already loaded it could confirm if StarForce is included or not (instructions on how to check are on the glop.org site linked above) that would be great.

[EDIT2] Dave2608 (post #13) has checked and says no StarForce on the demo - Thanks Dave.

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Old 22-03-2006, 5:19 PM
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It bizzare that this game, which is only offered for free online, has any copy protection?

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Old 22-03-2006, 6:22 PM
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Yes, it doesn't seem logical does it.

Unfortunately it has been known with other software houses/distributors that use StarForce - Codemasters for one with their Honda racing demo.

I'm just being careful (not to say distrustful) of this game because the full version uses StarForce.
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Old 22-03-2006, 6:25 PM
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It does use starforce, you can read a bit more here: http://www.neowin.net/index.php?act=view&id=32552

It could now be a security risk as well.
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Old 22-03-2006, 6:37 PM
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I agree, but this game was free, so why would anyone want to install copy protection?


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i have just downloaded the game it is verry good i have also just checked pc for starforce it is not on my pc so no poblems with the game thanks very much
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Old 24-06-2007, 1:44 PM
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i have just downloaded the game it is verry good i have also just checked pc for starforce it is not on my pc so no poblems with the game thanks very much
You might want to check better - it does include Starforce, although I think the names or locations of the .sys files may have changed since the http://www.glop.org/starforce/ instructions were written.

Just installed it on Windows Vista, and although Vista stops the drivers running (incompatible), it still made both of my DVD writers dissappear. The official removal tool (http://www.onlinesecurity-on.com/protect.phtml?c=55) got rid of the drivers and problems though.

There is a lot of hoo-ha about the Starforce thing. Predictably, Starforce say any rumours of their software causing problems are spread by software pirates. You'd have to wonder why software pirates would spread these rumours, on account of the minimal information they release about anything they do. They're not on a PR campaign, most of them only strip the copy protection to prove they can do it... Who knows, the only thing that's obvious is that the Starforce software brings back echoes of Sony music CD root-kits.
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Old 25-06-2007, 10:24 AM
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I agree, but this game was free, so why would anyone want to install copy protection?

Well, at a guess, its a way to get it installed on your computer?
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Old 25-06-2007, 10:29 AM
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lol! Its a MASSIVE online played game and doesn't cause any security problems on machines.

Don't get too involved and paranoid about software getting installed on your pc like that. Its a well published and reviewed game (which wouldnt be the case if it had a security issue).

The reason its free is it's used for a World Tournament event to qualify through...
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:confused:

I'm a bit confused with this.... I go to the site now and they are charging 19.99 for the game.....
I moved here from Zimbabwe (Rhodesia) in 1980. I went to Borrowdale Primary School.
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I'm a bit confused with this.... I go to the site now and they are charging 19.99 for the game.....
http://games.softpedia.com/get/Games...ree-Game.shtml

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