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RoxStar
06-26-2007, 02:23 PM
So it is possible...

http://www.next-gen.biz/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=6146&Itemid=2


Hacking group warez has released a patch allowing gamers to run Halo 2 and Shadowrun, both released by Microsoft as Windows Vista-only titles, on the firm’s older Windows XP operating system.

ImageIt had been claimed that neither title would be able to run successfully using the older DirectX 9 graphics engine, with Microsoft urging gamers to take the plunge and switch to the Vista.



The news is sure to irk Microsoft who may now face an increased delay in some consumers adopting Vista at this early stage. However, it shouldn’t come as a surprise. Earlier this month Falling Leaf Systems said in a press release that it believed Microsoft was deceiving consumers by stating that the titles would only work on Vista, and announced its intentions to release compatability software to disprove the claim.



“Microsoft has, in typical Microsoft fashion, decided to launch their forced migration onslaught in full force with the release of two games that will only run on Windows Vista,” said Falling Leaf Systems CEO Brian Thomason in the press release.



“First they claim that it was impossible to implement DirectX 10 compatibility atop Windows XP, and now they also want us to believe that they couldn’t successfully launch two DirectX 9 based titles on XP either. We plan to expose both theories as patently false.”



It appears Warez has beaten Falling Leaf to its goal, although Windows Live and in-game achievements are features still only availalbe to Vista gamers.


Not that I recommend illegal activities, just makes for a good read. I already have Halo 2 for Xbox and have limited interest in Shadowrun at best (plus I already have Vista).

BongoBob
06-26-2007, 03:23 PM
I had heard about the Falling Leaf one before. Cool to hear that it actually works :)

MrWally
06-26-2007, 04:03 PM
I read something about this a couple weeks ago. I was pretty skeptical at first but I guess I shouldn't have been. Not that it really applies to me, but yeah, it's pretty interesting.

Pho3nix
06-26-2007, 04:39 PM
Nice, I'll be able to play Alan Wake. :)

This is good news.

jon_hill987
06-26-2007, 05:51 PM
If anything is illegal about this it should be Micro$oft trying to force people to use vista when, from all accounts, it still isn't finished.

RoxStar
06-26-2007, 11:57 PM
If anything is illegal about this it should be Micro$oft trying to force people to use vista when, from all accounts, it still isn't finished.

Ha. Making shoddy products is the American way!

Alegis
06-27-2007, 12:51 PM
Time to clear up some bull****.


“First they claim that it was impossible to implement DirectX 10 compatibility atop Windows XP, and now they also want us to believe that they couldn’t successfully launch two DirectX 9 based titles on XP either. We plan to expose both theories as patently false.”
No, they did not. Technically DirectX 10 is possible on XP (of course it is, depends on how much you modifyà, but with heavy architectural changes. Those uniformed make it sound as if you only have to change a variable to make it work. The handling of resources is fundamentally different. Yes MS usually gives free patches and no they refuse to make these architectural changes to XP, with good reason to. This part is not the vendor lock-in or 'lame' aspect.
These games being Vista only is the vendor lock-in part and shouldn't have been done., and this is where crack patches will work (partly). Don't expect any adequate DX10 emulator cracks for XP.
Nice, I'll be able to play Alan Wake.
If, like Crysis, it supports DX 9. I suppose it will.
If anything is illegal about this it should be Micro$oft trying to force people to use vista when, from all accounts, it still isn't finished.
Care to back that up, or will you resort to FUD and unfounded slander?

BongoBob
06-27-2007, 02:54 PM
If anything is illegal about this it should be Micro$oft trying to force people to use vista when, from all accounts, it still isn't finished.

Yet from all accounts, no OS is finished. Updates are constantly released for XP, Linux, and OSX, so what makes you think that Vista would be complete. It's pretty much impossible to ship a complete OS, as there will always be people looking for flaws, some to exploit, and some to not, but they will always do that. And as they find these, they have to figure a way to fix it. Thus the cycle continues.

Nalukai
06-27-2007, 09:21 PM
http://www.microsuck.com

you will find tons of nice info about these whoremongers there.

im just happy im finally able to frag with a mouse n keyboard without paying an extra 200+60 to do so( not including the video card and ram upgrades)

they do it on purpose just like filling ur HD with worthless "security upgrades" windows just keeps getting bigger and bigger every month of crap you dont need.

Sabretooth
06-28-2007, 09:07 AM
Sweet! I had heard that Razor 1911 had released a patch for Shadowrun, but Halo 2 is great news! Time to torrent buy! :xp:

Pho3nix
06-28-2007, 09:25 AM
If, like Crysis, it supports DX 9. I suppose it will.

Oh, right :) forgot about DX10.