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    Ubisoft violates consumer rights

    Ubisoft released the promised Rainbow Six 3 : Raven Shield 1.5 patch yesterday, but they failed to mention their new copy protection scheme.

    It turns out that Ubisoft implented code into the RVS 1.5 patch which checks PCs for ANY clone or virtual drive programs and then fails to launch the game if such devices or programs are found. What this has in turn done is disabled thousands of consumers who use programs like Daemon Tools, CloneCD or Alcohol 120% from playing their Ubisoft games even if they have their own physical cds in an actual drive.

    After contacting a Technical Support Representative of Ubisoft, I was told that they feel that this is the wrong way to go about anti-piracy measures but they have no say in the matter. They did point out that Ubisoft management claims that they're covered under their EULA but the EULA does not state once that you are not allowed to have virtual drives on your system during play. It only says that you are not allowed to make back up copies.

    Irregardless of what the virtual drives or virtual clone programs on your system are for, you will not be able to play Raven Shield with patch 1.5 unless you remove them completely off your system. Again, you can't even play when you have the retail cds in a drive unless those programs / virtual drives are removed. This is a violation of consumer rights - those programs are used for perfectly legal reasons especially at LAN cafes to avoid disc loss.

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    Deus Ex: Invisible War by ION Storm - retail v1.1 patch
    Release date 12/12/2003

    Patch documentation


    Changes contained within the v1.1 patch

    Defaulted Bloom to off when starting a new game.
    Adjusted mouse movement to eliminate feeling of "lagginess".
    Adjusted the HUD so that it is pushed toward the edges of the screen.
    Added option for turning all shadows off. This can massively improve
    performance, especially at higher resolutions.
    Shrunk all text sizes.
    Reworked mouse-based UI control within the inventory and biomod screens:
    Right-clicking will now swap items in the inventory and toolbelt screen.
    Added buttons for installing weapon mods and biomods.
    The biomod/inventory/datavault hotkeys are now toggles (the same buttons will now both open and close these subscreens).
    Added quicksave/quickload keys. (F10/F12)
    Non-hostile AI's will now go hostile much sooner if shot.
    Eliminated monitor resyncing during level transition and savegame loads.
    Increased the headshot damage multiplier for the pistol.
    Increased the damage of the stun prod.

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    WarCraft III: Reign of Chaos & the Frozen Throne retail patches v1.13

    Blizzard has released new patches for WarCraft III: Reign of Chaos & the Frozen Throne, bringing the English and European editions of their 3D real-time strategy game and its expansion pack to version 1.13. This release applies an enormous number of improvements, tweaks and bug fixes in all parts of the games as described in the accompanying release notes.

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    Neverwinter Nights v1.61 patch

    After a brief appearance last night, Atari and Bioware have issued another patch for Neverwinter Nights, bringing their 3D RPG and the two expansion packs to v1.61. This release fixes the issue with Neverwinter Nights Gold and the 1.60 Update.

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    Raven Shield v1.51 patch

    Ubi Soft has issued a new patch for Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Raven Shield, bringing Red Storm's squad-based tactical shooter to v1.51. This release "fixes a problem with virtual drives."

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    Command & Conquer Generals Zero Hour patch 1.02

    Fixed the missing particle effects (Alpha Aurora fuel-air bomb, other explosions)
    Fixed a bug that caused Stinger Site occupants to remain forever disabled after they've been attacked by a Microwave Tank.
    When building the Avenger, the War Factory is now the only requirement for the Laser General and USA General. The Strategy Center is no longer required.
    Technicals build slightly slower and cost 50 more credits for the Demo General.

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    Need for Speed Underground patch #3

    Electronic Arts has released a third patch for Need for Speed Underground, the recent urban racing game by EA Black Box. Just like the previous updates, this patch is only available via the game auto-update feature (select 'check for update' in your start menu). The patch improves cheat detection functionality, fixes some hardware issues, fixes UG Mode Completion, fixes various stability issues, and more (see below for full details).

    - Fix UG Mode Completion, players can now change cars in UG mode once completed (allowing cars with TJ parts to be changed post completion)
    - Fix many cheats/trainers
    - Improved cheat detection functionality
    - Fixes to rep points lost using NOS In bad latency situations
    - Fixed some hardware issues
    - Scenery Deinstancing - will help increase framerate
    - Issue with black screen instead of movies in min. install if the user removes CD before movie starts playing
    - Issue with micropauses on machines with low physical memory
    - Issue where sometimes the game hangs if the CD is removed from Cdrom when going in/out of the game/FE.
    - PC Registration - Server error after completing the survey.
    - Various stability fixes for the game
    - Windows Me Autodial on Startup
    - Reverse / Distorted Manufacturer Vinyls On Golf And Lancer
    - Graphical Corruption Using The Rear View Mirror

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    Science and Industry v0.97b
    Half-Life mod


    A new version of Science & Industry is now available for download, bringing this teamplay mod for Half-Life to v0.97b. S&I is one of the oldest Half-Life mods: it was there at the first Valve mod expo back in 1999, but it hadn't been updated since 2001! This new version features 9 new maps, a new gameplay mode (resource race), new weapon models, new explosion effects, new animations, and more.

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    GTA Vice City MTA v0.3

    A new version of MTA: VC is now available for download, bringing this multiplayer mod for GTA Vice City to v0.3. This new release includes walking & running animations, a new aiming system, better anti-cheat and trainer protection, lots of bugfixes, and more (see below).

    - Walking & running animations.. at last
    - New aiming system that improves the shooting accuracy
    - Better anti-cheat and trainer protection
    - Improved smoothness (especially in car, due to the fixed backwheel problem)
    - Advanced in-/outgame chatting system (some nice IRC functions added like /slap, /me, and PM ability)
    - Updated MTA client and Admin client look
    - Lots of bugfixes (including backwheel, mentioned above)

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    UT2003: Frag Ops v1.3

    A new version of Frag Ops is now available for download, bringing this Unreal Tournament 2003 mod to v1.3. This new release features tons of changes, including new player models and animations, napalm, and vehicles (see more information for full details).

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