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2015-06-05 12:45
Didi

Registered: Nov 2011
Posts: 442
Hacked/modfied games - Do you have more info?

Based on the discussion about Demoni +4DGHF , which is a hack of Warhawk with modified graphics, and what Smasher wrote about these hacks and about cracks without intros being sold in Italy. I also got word that in Spain it was done in a similar way.

Maybe you know about other countries this was common?

Also scene groups sometimes modified old games to look a bit different and published them as first releases of new (because widely unknown) games. Cycles +FT is a well known axample for this.

Maybe you know about more games where this was done?
 
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2018-03-08 07:10
Flavioweb

Registered: Nov 2011
Posts: 431
Italian "Kiosk tapes" =)

http://specialprogramsipe.altervista.org/default.php
2018-03-12 08:41
TheRyk

Registered: Mar 2009
Posts: 1453
What I really wonder is why the Italians borked the game titles so frequently, BADALM (facepalm) might be a typo but why re-baptizing Night Racer to Special Cars? Did they think, renaming it would make it less obvious/less copyright-criminal?
2018-03-12 09:26
Krill

Registered: Apr 2002
Posts: 2329
Quoting TheRyk
less obvious/less copyright-criminal?
The fun part is that it was, in fact, technically legal for a long while. And technical legality is the best kind of legal. Similar in the Netherlands, and some other countries, iirc, where related loopholes persisted.
2018-03-12 11:54
Smasher

Registered: Feb 2003
Posts: 497
ZeRyk: correct. you could take "Microprose Soccer", rename it as "Roberto Baggio soccer" and you could sell that game and make money. there was no laws that said the practice was legal or illegal, and if there really was a laws about that nobody really cared. even F4CG had a shop in the early days.
Also many games were not complete, especially multiload ones: you could find and play the first level only on that tape.
aaaww, someone should really bring back the 80s, when Italy was world champion while today we don't even go to Russia... :)
2018-03-12 12:22
TheRyk

Registered: Mar 2009
Posts: 1453
Quoting ZeSmasher
... someone should really bring back the 80s, when Italy was world champion ... :)

... in what? Lawlessness? After all I've read here, I think that might hold true :)
2018-03-12 12:38
Smasher

Registered: Feb 2003
Posts: 497
Quoting TheRyk
... in what? Lawlessness? After all I've read here, I think that might hold true :)

you perfectly know in what, as it was against West Germany in 1982! :)
well, we could open a new topic to talk about copyright laws.
For example here in Switzerland you can legally download any multimedia content (movies, music, etc... I'm not talking about software like videogames) and you can share it with your family, your relatives and your friends, but you can't publish it and make it general available. in practice: you can download any movies/mp3 with bittorrent if you stop/filter the upload flow.
2018-07-12 07:53
Goat

Registered: Oct 2007
Posts: 41
Another hacked game:

"The Adventures of the Little Ghostkid" (https://csdb.dk/search/?seinsel=all&search=ghostkid) from 1991 is an unauthorized hack of the game "Orsital" (https://csdb.dk/search/?seinsel=all&search=orsital), which was published in 1989.

The original's game coder writes: "Ha, I’ve not seen Little Ghostkid before, same game, but someone added better sprite graphics, level’s still the same by the looks of it : )"
2020-08-14 22:02
TheRyk

Registered: Mar 2009
Posts: 1453
yet another one Strega [italian]
2020-08-28 14:59
Akira

Registered: Oct 2003
Posts: 52
This happened in Argentina too. I need to find some examples, but besides the wild recracking going on, some games were also hacked and distributed as "new".
2020-08-30 05:18
Zibri
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Registered: May 2020
Posts: 298
Quoting AKiRa
This happened in Argentina too. I need to find some examples, but besides the wild recracking going on, some games were also hacked and distributed as "new".

Or even fake games like Archon III "Exciter" :D
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