Beach Head II: The Dictator Strikes Back (Commodore 64)
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|Beach Head II: The Dictator Strikes Back|
This game has anti-piracy features.
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If the player attempts to hack the game during loading or if the game detects it is a pirated copy (i.e. the game has detected it has been copied from a tape to a floppy), the following text appears:
Once upon a time in a far away place some smart people got together and created a device called a computer. The main reasons that they created computers were for military purposes. But then computers were made smaller and cheaper, and became more commonplace in business environments running accounting and database software. Computers soon became so inexpensive that they were named "Home computers". Now computers were used for playing games and teaching. Once computers were in the home, many individuals saw that computers needed good software. They decided to write programs (including games) to run on the computers. They wrote up manuals for the programs and designed some neat packaging and invested a lot of time and effort into the package. But then the hard part came. They had to present their ideas to a company, and hopefully the company would agree to sell their product. If there was no such company around then they had to start one of their own up. This required capital, time and business acquaintances that would represent the product to stores etc. After all this is done the program must be good enough so that the public will recognize its potential and buy it. The public usually recognized the potential of a good product, but the number of people that buy the product is usually a lot lower than the number of people that have a working copy of the program. you may ask, how do they get a working copy of the program without buying it? Well they find somebody (a friend?) who bought a copy of the program and they try to copy it. The main ways for software companies to protect their software is to write out information on the diskette in a non-standard format. Then when a copy program looks on the disk for the information stored in the normal format it doesn't find it all and misses some vital information that the program requires to function. Most programs when run usually check for information on the diskette and if it is not there they assume that the diskette is a copy and come up with a message like: ** Copy Detected, Loading Aborted ** Others load up the program but they don't let the program function properly. Well finally others programs like this one just tell you the facts about piracy, and hope that your conscience does the rest. Welcome to the wide world of piracy. Yours truly, Kevin P. Pickell and Brian R. Niessen, Piratebusters Inc. Nine out of ten pirates go blind trying to copy our software. The other one gets committed!!!