If you find DiRT 3 keys floating on the interwebs, DONT USE IT

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  1. Feels Good Man
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    DON'T USE THOSE KEYS. Seriously.

    2,500 (or even upwards to 3 million) DiRT 3 keys were leaked and if you use the key, your Steam account may be banned. Here's part of the Steam ToS that mentions it:

    Don't risk it. They've banned 20,000 people before when HL2 came out. I'm sure Valve will do it again.

    http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/show...mp;postcount=82
     


  2. Raiser

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    This isn't really anything new. Anyone who uses Steam should know the risks of such things.
     
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    Well, it's kinda new since the DiRT 3 keys were leaked recently.
     
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    thtas why i dont use shit steam
     
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    Yeah Half-life 2 was ages ago, but this is recent so there's tons of users that weren't in the loop last time.

    EDIT:
    So you don't use a system because it bans you for piracy?

    Well, that rules out Microsoft, Sony, and part of Nintendo (game-by-game basis).
     
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    The issue here is that free Dirt 3 codes were included with certain AMD graphics cards, and every single one of these legitimate codes were in the leaked list, making it impossible for Valve to tell what is legit or not. The easiest fix would be blacklisting all of the leaked codes, but that'd take the game away from people who got their codes legitimately.
    That isn't to say that you'd be safe with a leaked code though.

    On another note, can Steam detect any pirated games that haven't been added to Steam?
     
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    Holy shit I have one of those coupons!

    Legit, don't worry. I'm guessing I shouldn't redeem it even though mine's legal.
     
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    I swear with every post you seem dumber and dumber.

    anyways exactly how were the codes leaked? (I'd check the source link but the Steam Forums are down right now.)
     
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    this is crap
    just say you buy it off someone and they sell it to you or you trade codes
    steam will not ban accounts espcaily as it will kill a ton of innocent users
    if you find the keys just make a new acc and use it on that one
     
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    Yes they will ban accounts if the need to do so is there. I wouldn't doubt banning is one of the last resorts, but still it is there. And hell, I'd ban people for piracy if they tried something on a service I was responsible for. The services would include all systems and all kinds of services (Steam, PSN, XBOX Live, OnLive, etc). Hell I'd even ban Spotify users for using counterfeit codes to redeem Premium or something like that [​IMG]


    -Qtis
     
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    I think he meant that he wouldn't be able to play his games at all if he gets banned because of piracy. (even offline mode requires online first)
     
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    What I mean is, it should be fairly obvious that using a key found on the Net, especially with Steam, is extremely idiotic and risky.

    But I didn't read the source; didn't know the keys were associated with legit products rather than just being on a list labeled "LEAKED KEYS GRAB EM HERE!".
     
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    Well, just to tell you guys they where released by a AMD who upload the keys on an page which was accessible by everyone. There was something similar to this last time when EVGA with Metro 2033 my friend got one of em but he never got banned because theere where about 20k keys which where used. Last i heard was that valve just removed the games from there games list because it was the fault of EVGA. If you have used a key i wouldnt worry too much.
     
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    when it comes to keys and online multiplayer, one thing i have learned is NEVER even try get a fake key or crack cause it wont work.
    and now it seems that even if it works, it wont last.

    pirates should be happy playing offline and LAN multiplayer thru tunngle or similar
     
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    doesn't everyone own a free copy of DiRT 3 now anyway?
     
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    supposedly a russian hacker, hacked the codemasters website and stole the database containing all the keys and released them
     
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    Well, it's a bit of both, IIRC. AMD definitely was stupid and decided to put it on their database as a .txt file. It's still, as far as I know, a bannable offence as they were keys that were gotten illegitimately.
     
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    WRONG i dont use it cuz it mess up my mods
     
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    Wait. So you even have to be connected to the internet to play an off line game? That is retarded. I won't even get a steam game now, out side the two that game pre installed on my laptop. When I go on a road trip i expect to be able to play my offline games w/o needing the internet. DRMs like this is why pc games hit the toilet.
     
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    meaning that you lied in your first post when you said 'thtas why i dont use shit steam' in a thread that had nothing to do with game mods and everything to do with digital theft
     
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