Rockstar Games has put up my beloved Max Payne 2 on Steam for digital download, which is awesome. However, since Steam has its own method of access restrictions, and someone buying the game through Steam wouldn’t have the disk that the game normally checks for, Rockstar had to stop the game from checking.

So instead of the Steam user downloading the game executable that comes on the disk, they get the no-cd crack version from notorious cracking group Myth.

As you can see there’s an ASCII “Myth” logo, which is an old cracking team that were quite prevelent a while back. Seems Rockstar got a little lazy and used this crack instead of recompilling their executable without DRM.

Oddly enough, Rockstar has used Myth’s crack for just about the only use they could possibly object to: profiting from it.

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