Monday, October 13, 2008

About pirating and stuff

Posted by Nicolas (permalink)

Seriously guys, stop sending us emails because you can't install the game, because you can't launch the game, or because you have weird errors everywhere. We're not going to help you make the mod work on pirated versions of Portal or without Steam. This mod needs an original and legit Portal because it also uses some of the content of Half-Life 2 that extends Portal. Of course, this content doesn't seem to be included in the pirated version of Portal.

So, please. Stop sending us emails if you you don't own a legit copy of Portal.
We're not going to answer anymore.

43 comment(s)


 October 13, 2008 11:32 PM, Blogger Devon said :
I think that is almost funny that people would send you e-mails about that. Buy the game people it is worth it.

 October 13, 2008 11:39 PM, Anonymous AnimaguS said :
LOL poor pirates

 October 14, 2008 12:04 AM, Blogger fire.esper said :

 October 14, 2008 12:22 AM, Blogger Matt said :
What's the point of pirating Portal anyways? It's only 20 dollars right now i think.

 October 14, 2008 12:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said :
lol amazin!!! hahaha cheap a$$

thanks for the walkthrough!

 October 14, 2008 12:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said :
hi team,

I'm too lazy to create a forum account just for this. All I wanna say is: thanks for your hard work you all put in this great mod. and just ignore all the whiners out there ;)

Nice website too :)


 October 14, 2008 12:50 AM, Anonymous Sarda [CP] said :
you should see the number of support requests we get over at the Audiosurf forums from people who pirated it. Yeah, Audiosurf isn't free, but it's only $10, which is pretty much free for the kind of game it is.

 October 14, 2008 1:15 AM, Anonymous DemonStrate said :
You know, it took me like over an hour to realize to how install the game, because the installer extracts like 1.3 gigs completely to the Windows harddrive (in my case, I only had like 300 megs on it, so I had to clear stuff up to that 1.3 which was difficult, since my Windows HD is only 10 gigs total), before it extracts to the destination HD. This is a terrible fluke with the Winamp installer system. Winrar-type installers, you can set the temporary extraction locations, so they are on other HD's. Tisk-tisk.

 October 14, 2008 3:34 AM, Blogger Flashx11 said :
I think pirating Portal is pretty sad; if they really want it, I think it's even down to $10 now. Plus, Portal: The First Slice is now free (not that that will help with playing the mod, or will it?).

 October 14, 2008 5:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said :
Well, you don't really need to pirate Portal. This works perfectly well with the portal demo (The First Slice).

Since when is changing a Windows Shortcut illegal?

 October 14, 2008 7:57 AM, Blogger Lionel said :
I bought audiosurf 5$, this is even less than you imagined :D
And of course, one shouldn't try to crack portal for the mod since the demo version of portal lets the mod work!

Anyway, great job doing this game guys, very impressive!
I'm just still wondering why you didn't put french voices (there is also a french synthesizer in the soft you mentioned).

 October 14, 2008 9:22 AM, Anonymous the pirate said :
My mother earns $1428/month and my fater is dead. $1171 goes for bills. That leaves $257/month for food. Se why I need to download my games to keep up with my friends?

 October 14, 2008 12:55 PM, Anonymous Zaric said :
You should report everyone who emailed you about pirated versions. Include their email addresses with full copies of the email included and explain the situation. Worst you'll get a thank you letter from steam, best you'll get some frequent offenders banned or sued; You can't loose!

I think you guys should see the Steamworks about making prelude gold, like Synergy, Age of Chivalry, Insurgency, and Zombie Panic... it's up to quality for sure, and should be an official mod on the steam list.

 October 14, 2008 2:27 PM, Blogger Nicolas said :
@the pirate:
You made me laugh.
If you can't afford the game, then you can't play the game. It's as simple as that.

 October 14, 2008 3:19 PM, Anonymous Dodo said :
@the pirate
How about making some money yourself huh?

 October 14, 2008 5:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said :
I got it to work on a pirated version quite easily.


 October 14, 2008 5:08 PM, Anonymous guy who posted above said :
... and if i wanted to, i could afford it easily... but why pay when you can have it for FREE!!!!


 October 14, 2008 5:14 PM, Anonymous poggy said :
Tested with NoSteam portal and Cracked steam, both works fine..

 October 14, 2008 5:24 PM, Anonymous the pirate said :
Teenager aren't allowed to work where I live. So there is no way for me getting any money myself

It's quite hard to go to school because everyone talks about portal prelude 24/7/365 and then you are quite outside if you are the only one don't playing it

 October 14, 2008 5:46 PM, Anonymous Cammeron said :
Ok first off "the pirate" get a life if you are really in such pain because everyone around you is talking about portal prelude (which isnt going to last forever) than you need to rethink some very big parts of your life like idk your FUTURE. Second off theres always a way to work MOW LAWNS, BABYSIT, WASH YOU NEIGHBORS CARS.. both excuses you gave are horrible.

and hey if ur willing to pirate since its illegal why not get illegaly hired?

I normally could care less if someone pirates but this is just a lame ass excuse so I had to comment.

People Pirate for 3 reasons.

1. They would rather not pay
2. They want to actually try something before they buy (i have to admit i have done this once before but i did end up buying it)
3. They can't afford it because they blew money on something else.

Its called priorities my friend you cant have everything.

That being said. Down with DRM and up with Open Source

 October 14, 2008 5:57 PM, Anonymous bug said :
portal exploit, testchamber 17:

 October 14, 2008 5:57 PM, Anonymous Sarda [CP] said :
... which really makes me wonder what good the government sees in letting piracy continue. and don't tell me they're not, a simple law and punishment for those who they catch isn't stopping anything. they need to shut down the sites that don't work hard to stop piracy. and i don't care if you think that's a bad idea, it's not. in the long run, everything will work better. it's the same way with everything in the world. all the best solutions to the big problems require solutions nobody wants to hear. anyways, if companies didn't have to worry about 1/4 of their fanbase pirating their games, then the prices would be lower.

 October 14, 2008 6:09 PM, Anonymous Cammeron said :
Shutting down these sites isn't that easy first off the ones that are in the US are not just gonna say "here i am" and let them know where they keep there servers then you have "international waters" where you have the select few who can get boat servers out there. and it isn't the governments job to stop it. the government isn't suppose to be big brother. Its not as easy as just shutting down servers some sites are privatly hosted and getting proof even if they are known as piracy sites can be illegal or close to it. it also isnt illegal to keep the software on a server sometimes they just act as if they had no idea people were accessing it.

Nothing is EVER as simple as it seems. and in all honesty nearly everyone over the age of 15 has stolen something wether it be a ringtone they thought was free off the internet or a copy of portal. if we throw every person in jail things arnt going to work. its become so overgrown at this point that its nearly if not impossible to stop.

 October 14, 2008 6:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said :
shuting down piracy sites is ilegal :)

 October 14, 2008 8:23 PM, Anonymous Hunter X said :

 October 14, 2008 10:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said :
The discussion about piracy is useless. There are so many threads about this topic out there and nothing happend. They who download everything from warez-sites download anyway. Look, the fight against piracy is running since digital-datas were introduced. It is a very personal desicion: buy or copy? And remember: Warez will never die!
It is a very personal desicion: buy or copy?
Keep cool, and now let`s talk about this portal mod.

 October 14, 2008 10:29 PM, Anonymous Cammeron said :
I wasn't trying to sway anyones decision just trying to say if you're gonna do it don't make up lame excuses call it what it is I know lots of people personaly who pirate if thats there choice more power to them. but yeah back to the mod. I loved it but the very last level keeps crashing for me.

 October 14, 2008 11:25 PM, Anonymous Sarda [CP] said :
"shuting down piracy sites is ilegal :)"

if this was serious, that's sad. if this was bait for a flame war, that's even worse. i don't care if you even present me with a law that says this, piracy is illegal. therefore any law saying you can't stop piracy sites is unconstitutional. i swear, there are too many people who don't even think for a half second before giving opinions.

 October 15, 2008 9:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said :
@Sarda [CP]:
TPB was recently banned in italy. TPB went to court about it and they won. TPB isn't blocked anymore in italy

 October 15, 2008 2:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said :
Sorry but making the game work off a pirated version works perfectly.

You are just all doing it wrong :P

You have to create a shortcut that will make hl2.exe execute PortalPrelude.

I already have the Orange Box on the Xbox360, i don't see why i would pay for portal again.

 October 15, 2008 10:49 PM, Blogger Evan said :
Can I be the first to point out the irony in the fact that you distribute copyrighted content without licence in this map-pack, then jump on the anti-piracy brigade? Piracy is bad, including the kind you performed in distributing this mod.

 October 16, 2008 12:06 AM, Anonymous Sarda [CP] said :
"TPB was recently banned in italy. TPB went to court about it and they won. TPB isn't blocked anymore in italy"

all that means is Italy's not doing it right. there is nothing anywhere that says that pirating isn't illegal.

 October 16, 2008 12:27 AM, Blogger Nicolas said :
Come on, give us a break.
We included a 50 second extract from Scorpions and an extract of Chemical Brothers. The songs aren't even present in a whole in the game files so you can't rip it off...
Then, the props are coming from a Valve game, and EVERY mod does it, Valve don't care as far as it's not for profit of for a game not related to theirs.
There's a LOT of worse things happening every day everywhere. Even in the modding community. We tried our best to include free stuff, there's a lot of people who don't care.

 October 16, 2008 11:58 PM, Anonymous Existential said :

Funny you should use the "there's a lot worse happening every day everywhere" argument... I hear a lot of people who pirate using that too ;) I'm not saying what you do is wrong but I think Evan has a valid point.


You should watch Equilibrium. I understand your point that everything illegal should obviously be banned but life isn't that black and white. You can only go so far before you start violating basic human rights. Do you want to turn the internet into something where everything you do is monitored and every website has to be validated before being published. I mean honestly it's the only way that you could ever stop piracy. People will ALWAYS find a way. It's human nature. I think the governments have bigger fish to fry, there are definitely more pressing public concerns than piracy.

 May 3, 2009 8:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said :
People pirate stuff because, either
A) They can't afford it
B) (Specific to Steam games and other download services) they can't pay for online stuff because they don't have a credit card
C) They can
D) They see piracy as a way of returning just desserts to a greedy society

I am an owner of the Orange Box for PS3, so I've already given Valve money. It's not right that I've already bought Portal and I can't use a free mod for Portal just because of format difficulties.

Piracy isn't as big a problem as people think it is anyway. Companies like Valve still make huge profits, as do film companies, and then musicians will either stick to the old market model or, like Nine Inch Nails, develop a new one that takes the presence of the internet into account.

 May 3, 2009 8:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said :
Oh, and thinking about it further,
E) Try before you buy
F) They believe that a company has made a very useful product but they do not approve of the company

 October 1, 2009 5:05 AM, Anonymous Zenthral Zen said :
Well, here's the deal. Everybody loves video games, BUT, some of us kids are too young for employment! So we really don't get paid so we really can't go out and BUY the game. I support pirating something, and THEN buying it 100%.


Oh, and @Nicolas I'm sure if @the pirate is good enough to post on this forum, he's good enough to play the game. It's common sense, Einstein.

 October 1, 2009 7:14 PM, Blogger Nicolas said :
@Zenthral Zen:
Whatever, weirdo. I'm not too sure what you're talking about, but it seems out of context.

 January 23, 2010 12:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said :
This is not about being "too cheap to pay".
I will never install steam, "games for windows", "rockstar social club", itunes or any other overbearing closed-system DRM programs. itunes would make a lot more money if they didn't force people to install their shitty software.
I will BUY games, but I will always crack them so I can play them how I want, where I want, and when I want.

I'm sure steam is very "convenient" for you all, but those who sacrifice liberty for secur.. convenience deserve neither.
Why are you letting steam tell you how to play games you've purchased?

More people pirate due to restrictive DRM now.
Look at the fiasco with bioshock? They eventually gave up and removed the DRM/activation.

 January 23, 2010 12:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said :
Of course, if a game is ONLY on steam, then I will download it and valve loses a sale.

I can't even buy the game as a gift for someone without installing their crap.

Is this the future you want?
We've finally moved past the days where you couldn't use the internet without custom crapware (AOL, netzero, and others)
Why is it happening again?

 April 25, 2010 2:57 PM, Anonymous XJDHDR said :
@Zenthral Zen
Games are a luxury item. You don't NEED to play games, you do so because it is fun and a way to pass the time. Your statement is incorrect too. Children are only barred from formal employment, there is nothing stopping them from working for themselves. Cammeron suggested a few things above (MOW LAWNS, BABYSIT, WASH YOU NEIGHBORS CARS, etc). I remember when I was about 8. If I needed extra cash, I would bake something then go door-to-door selling it. It's not that you're not allowed to work, it's that you haven't given it any serious thought.

I believe that if a mass murderer is good enough to write a letter, they are good enough to walk the streets. It's common sense, Einstein. Actually I don't believe that but that is exactly what you are trying to imply. Having writing skills does not justify illegal activity. I've seen a lot of bad excuses for piracy but this tops them all.

iTunes is nothing more than a media player with an online store taped on. Steam is nothing more than an online store with minor DRM and a few other nifty features taped on (auto-patcher, online saves, etc).

It's easy to say what would happen if iTunes did this or that but proving it is much harder. That statement is nothing more than trying to predict the future, which is practically imposible. As a business management student, I've learnt to take comments like yours with a grain of salt because there is usually no factual information in those statements.

You are incorrect, Franklin said "those who sacrifice liberty for SECURITY", not convenience. Where exactly is Steam telling you how to play the game?

Finally, do you remember the latest Prince of Persia? The high-quality game that had absolutely no DRM in it? Which became pirated so heavily that there have only been just over 200 000 sales to date? This implies that it is actually the unprotected games that get pirated. Logically, the DRM for Bioshock was removed because a crack had been released for it, which means the DRM couldn't protect the game anymore. I love getting into discussions like this! It lets me show off the amount of research I've done!

@Other Anonymous
Statements like that really make me wonder:
If your internet connection can't handle the relatively small bandwidth required for these online systems, how is it going to handle the enormous bandwidth required to download a pirated game?
I think the usual answer is:
It's not the connection that's the problem, it's the principal of it all.
Which is a very selfish and unreasonable answer.

Steam is a few MB, at most, and very easy to uninstall. So what's the problem? If you're really nervous about having to install Steam on your PC, either buy the retail version for your friend or do the installation at their house. And anyway, I visited and tried doing a gift purchase of a game up until the point where I had to pay for it and it never mentioned anything about having Steam installed on my PC to do the transaction. I suspect that you thought the only way to buy something was to do so through Steam.

Is this the future we want? Apparantly it is because we continue to pirate software without giving any regard to the fact that these companies had to invest enormous amounts of money into creating this software. And piracy continues even after these companies use DRM to try stop us. Then we blame the companies for all these horrible things when in fact, it is the pirates who forced their hands and it is THEY who should get the book thrown at them. Then again, pirates are actual people whereas companies are faceless names so why should we care about their feelings?

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