Microsoft forces modded Halo Online launcher offline

    
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Remember last week when Microsoft announced that Halo Online was a Russian exclusive? That didn’t sit so well with a group of tech-savvy franchise fans, who promptly formed a modding team and set about ridding the game’s leaked files of their “geo-restrictions.”

The team got as far as releasing a Halo Online launcher dubbed ElDorito before Microsoft served host Github with a DMCA takedown notice.

[Via: GamePolitics; Source: Torrentfreak]
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Greaterdivinity
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Lawrence_Growe Not surprised at all given how open Gaben has been about their success their for some of the very reasons you list : )

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Greaterdivinity You’d be surprised to know how many people switched from pirating to buying things on Steam as soon as it became available in Russia, though.

Not having to deal with keyloggers, trojans and always having the game up-to-date for the same price as a pirate disc IS a good deal.

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Darkdrakke American IP and the development company headquarters is based in new jersey although the actual studio is in russia. Its like if a new big Mario game was released some where other than Japan first, or at least simultaneously. Most Halo fans are in north america. As for Trion the games they actually developed start here (NA), they just publish/manage/license NA ArcheAge while its original korean studio does most of the work

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Greaterdivinity Damonvile EXACTLY its a test b4ed for a lot of Crapware..and yeah Jef is right Software piracy is huge in Russia 2nd only to China.

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So why didn’t they just use a VPN exactly? And why do people here think that the game is any good at all if they don’t want anyone over on this side to see it? And why having it tested in another country 1st suddenly seem like a big deal..hello most of trions games as well as most of the Korean MMO’s? Black Desert and Archeage say Hi remember us?

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racccoon

No game should be produced purely for one country. 
All games should be world wide releases or simply put placed in the void..

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Neiloch

NobleNerd Damonvile microtransactions are more amiable to lesser economies because its all they can really afford. Better economies are more inclined to get more expensive things and don’t like being ‘nickel and dimed’  I saw a lecture on this actually about how microtransaction games exploit people with lower incomes.

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NobleNerd Damonvile Seems that our youth is getting lazier while the hunger for “quality” is increasing. If there are no worthy candidates to march this economy into the future, then we are doomed to watch our inevitable decline.

This counts double for the MMO industry because all of us are so good at complaining and writing big long statements about why we don’t like a game or developer. But how many of us would rather turn our own ideas into products to help show the “failing” developers what could be?

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Lmao the GREED is real here. Damn.

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Cyroselle

NobleNerd Damonvile True, we’re the crumbling empire now.