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Halo 2 Available on the Net

michael posted more than 9 years ago | from the negative-26-day-warez dept.

XBox (Games) 391

syberanarchy writes "Gamespot reports that Halo 2 has already been leaked to the internet via French newsgroups and P2P networks, almost a month before release! Any chance this bombshell move could force MS/Bungie to push up the release date?" See also gamesindustry.biz and The Register.

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Bittorrent... (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10522736)

Yep, I've seen a bittorrent for the PAL version of Halo 2 already. I don't think that'll ever work for people of the USA, but it might be a cause to move Europe's release dates up.

As for me, I'm buying it anyway- I want the limited edition copy with the metal case and behind the scenes DVD.

Re:Bittorrent... (4, Insightful)

alatesystems (51331) | more than 9 years ago | (#10522979)

PAL works just fine on a modded NTSC xbox. So does any other signal format. It's just digital video being rendered at a certain resolution and being pumped out in a certain way, depends on which av pack you have.

Chris

Re:Bittorrent... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10523032)

Yeah, but if he doesn't speak/read French it's still as useless as tits on a bull...

Re:Bittorrent... (1)

Inda (580031) | more than 9 years ago | (#10523067)

There's no reason why it wont work in the USA. I play USA games on my modded PAL XBOX.

I shall not be buying it nor downloading it. Not my cup of tea.

FP (-1, Offtopic)

peterpi (585134) | more than 9 years ago | (#10522739)

Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh!!!

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Push the release back? (4, Funny)

bigdady92 (635263) | more than 9 years ago | (#10522741)

Ever try to stand in front of a typhoon with an umbrella?

Re:Push the release back? (2, Funny)

LaPistola (813411) | more than 9 years ago | (#10522946)

Yeah... it sucks.. I hate it for bngie.. they worked really hard on the game.. but it won't stop them from making money tho.. a million pre orders... but it also won't stop me from A. Buying the game.. and B. playing it when my friend with a modded xbox gets it today!! :)

Re:Push the release back? (2, Funny)

Domox (800221) | more than 9 years ago | (#10523064)

Ever stand in front of a mushroom cload in a bikini?

Re:Push the release back? (0)

Pope (17780) | more than 9 years ago | (#10523090)

I'm too fat to wear a bikini, you insensitive cload?

So? (3, Insightful)

FinestLittleSpace (719663) | more than 9 years ago | (#10522744)

Exactly why would this delay it? It's not the source, it's the compiled game... that's all. It happens with nearly every high-profile game (journalists are always so trustworthy...)...

Re:So? (4, Funny)

The-Bus (138060) | more than 9 years ago | (#10522772)

"Push up" means "make it sooner" -- that is, make it available in stores on October 16th. Sooner. So then you spend $ on Halo 2 instead of getting a friend to burn you a copy that is the French audio rip with UK subtitles.

Re:So? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10522807)

with UK subtitles.

Oh yeah, the would confuse the heck out of your average yank.

Re:So? (4, Insightful)

Indras (515472) | more than 9 years ago | (#10522852)

Nobody expects them to delay their release, the question was: "Any chance this bombshell move could force MS/Bungie to push up the release date?"

Knowing that it is available now on the internet, they would be wise to release it sooner to the public in order to turn would-be downloaders into sales. Halo 2 has such a high demand that the hardcore fans will download it if they can get it sooner, and once they have it, why bother paying for it?

However, the percentage of customers who have modded xboxes, a fast connection to download a DVD image in a reasonable amount of time, the means to get it running, and who also won't buy the game when it comes out on shelves (and can stand playing the PAL version with French dialogue) are probably too small to matter to MS/Bungie, and not enough of a threat to their profits.

Re:So? (1)

cassidyc (167044) | more than 9 years ago | (#10522885)

Bear in mind that you would need a modded xbox to run it on.

And can you all guess what wont connect to XBLive?

modded xboxes

Re:So? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10522939)

who doesn't connect to Xblox Live anyway?
Can you all guess?

People with modded Xbloxes!

Re:So? (2, Informative)

FinestLittleSpace (719663) | more than 9 years ago | (#10522959)

actually, they will... you just have to disable the mod chip.

Re:So? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10523012)

But that would involve buying *gasp* original games!

*cough*

Re:So? (1)

cassidyc (167044) | more than 9 years ago | (#10523059)

The copy is only good to play single player, if only because that's what was leaked, and bearing in mind that you would need an modded xbox to play the game, and can you guess what wont work on XBLive??

correct answer a modded Xbox (at least not in modded mode)

And bugger me if I don`t want to be kicking real peoples ass with the plasma sword.

CJC

Re:So? (1)

gl4ss (559668) | more than 9 years ago | (#10522870)

.. the writeup doesn't suggest it being _delayed_, it suggests that they should make it come earlier.

1 month in advance is quite a bit.. enough for real fans of the first game to get this warez release.. and then if the game can't live up to it's own generated hype they might even be disappointed(and not buy it when it comes out).

Re:So? (1)

gruntled (107194) | more than 9 years ago | (#10522954)

Actually, a couple of the stories, such as the one in the Register, mention Valve's claim that release of Half Life 2 source delayed release of that game, but I'd argue that the two situations aren't comparable.

Up == Forward, Up != Back (1)

Quikyn (808083) | more than 9 years ago | (#10522898)

could force MS/Bungie to push up the release date The poster means that it may bring the release date forward, to reduce lost sales. That's assuming people downloading the game translates to lost sales, which itself is of course an unresolved ever-raging debate.

Any chance this bombshell... (4, Interesting)

hussar (87373) | more than 9 years ago | (#10522747)

...could be a way of increasing the pre-release hype?

Re:Any chance this bombshell... (1)

bigdady92 (635263) | more than 9 years ago | (#10522783)

I think bungie is websavy but not THAT websavy to offer their holy grail for the Xmas season up on the net to DL.

Could be wrong, they could just replace the Master Cheif with a swarm of bees and be done with it.

PR (2, Interesting)

eddy (18759) | more than 9 years ago | (#10522829)

I don't think anyone [sane] is suggesting that Bungie/MS leaked it themselves on purpose, but they might want to take the lemon and make lemonade out of it, by molding it into a huge PR gimmick.

Re:Any chance this bombshell... (2, Interesting)

SlamMan (221834) | more than 9 years ago | (#10522879)

I don't think there's really much need increase the hype for Halo 2. Know anyone with an X-Box who's not getting it?

Re:Any chance this bombshell... (1)

blackicye (760472) | more than 9 years ago | (#10522964)

I have an Xbox and I won't be getting Halo 2.

I'm going to wait for a PC release, if it never comes out then oh well, I'll just have to stick to HL2 and CS:Source.

Or just play

Re:Any chance this bombshell... (1)

alatesystems (51331) | more than 9 years ago | (#10523001)

I'm not getting it. I might get this french version to look at the pretty graphics, but I don't play FPS on consoles. It's too hard to control via 2 sticks when you're used to WASD(I actually use ESDF) and a mouse.

Re:Any chance this bombshell... (0)

FictionPimp (712802) | more than 9 years ago | (#10523038)

Me. I hated halo on the xbox. I hate fps games in general on the xbox. The pc version of halo also sucked, and was buggy. I'll be skiping this one.

sorry.... (2, Funny)

DigitalGlass (513918) | more than 9 years ago | (#10522753)

no, the'll take valves approach and delay it indefinatley

Re:sorry.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10522970)

it's a bit different in this case because the game is already done.

No Chance... (5, Interesting)

Ionizer7 (814098) | more than 9 years ago | (#10522754)

Pirates will be pirates, law abiding citizens will be law abiding citizens. There is probably alot more to this release date, there is most likely alot of TV ads and magazine ads that are set to launch at the same time.

Damn those Frogs! (4, Funny)

CodeWanker (534624) | more than 9 years ago | (#10522755)

Okay, okay. First they invent a language where you DON'T SAY MOST OF THE LETTERS IN A WORD. Then they sell nuclear reactors to Iraq. Then they infiltrate Burger King with criossandwiches. But THIS is going too damned far.

Re:Damn those Frogs! (0)

DikSeaCup (767041) | more than 9 years ago | (#10522792)

You know, I'm writing this book that takes place in France. Now, when everyone in a conversation understands a language, I just write it all in English and put in an "in French" note somewhere. But I was thinking, since there's at least one convo so far where a majority of the folk there *don't* speak French, it would have been cool to know enough French to type out the convo. Until I read your message.

Because, with the accents I'm trying to impart to the reader, phonetics are a PITA sometimes. And if French isn't mostly phonetic, that would suck.

Re:Damn those Frogs! (1)

Planesdragon (210349) | more than 9 years ago | (#10522934)

Spell it wrong.

Go to your local High School and find someone to help you write the conversation in French, and then have that person read it into a tape. Then write down what you hear, phonetically.

Or, use french grammar and English words.

Re:Damn those Frogs! (-1, Redundant)

DikSeaCup (767041) | more than 9 years ago | (#10522816)

BTW, to the Mod who moderated the parent as "Flamebait", you're either French or your have no sense of humor.

Oh, sorry, I'm repeating myself.

Re:Damn those Frogs! (-1, Troll)

koi88 (640490) | more than 9 years ago | (#10522916)

And you didn't even mention:
  • boring films that chicks force you to watch but then refuse to have sex with you.
  • food that forces you to use fork and knife.
  • and Celine Dion (don't bother me with details - the CIA has proof of strong connections to France)

I say that's enough. As soon as ... uhm, my friend has downloaded the game we nuke them.

Re:Damn those Frogs! (4, Funny)

gidds (56397) | more than 9 years ago | (#10523018)

First they invent a language where you DON'T SAY MOST OF THE LETTERS IN A WORD.

You've probably never seen Gaelic [wikipedia.org] , then... (Even its name has been spelled Gaedhealg, Gaedhilg(e), Gaedhealaing, Gaeilic, Gaelainn, Gaoidhealg, Gaolainn, and Gaeilge!)

Re:Damn those Frogs! (1)

MORB (793798) | more than 9 years ago | (#10523141)

As funny as it is, saying you don't say most letters in a word is exagerated. I think you could say "don't say most letters in SOME words", although most of the time, it's not so much that you don't say them that they form a particular sound in combination with other letters. I can give you that some of such combinations are a little weird and redundant (like o, au, and eau all sounding the same), but hey, we're french :p

Amazing. (3, Insightful)

ninjeratu (794457) | more than 9 years ago | (#10522757)

It's not like ALL games end up on FTPs, torrents, DC, whatnot. :P

Re:Amazing. (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10523063)

Just the good ones...

Why am I not surprised. (5, Insightful)

SHiVa0 (608471) | more than 9 years ago | (#10522761)

This has been like this for years. For as long as the "scene" exists. Nothing to see here, move along. But frankly, the more intermediate poeple getting their hands on the Gold master before it's heading out to press, the easier it is to leak.

Umm.. (1)

zxv (815649) | more than 9 years ago | (#10522763)

Does anyone understand why this could force them to push up the release date?

Re:Umm.. (1)

dts2323 (677154) | more than 9 years ago | (#10522926)

If the illegal ISOs started moving freely around the internet then MS/Bungie could be concerned that this will cut into their initial sales. I would imagine they are hoping to set records with this release and if a large number of people who are HALO fanatics have feverishly downloaded this now so that they can get their hands on it they would then no longer be as likely to be sitting outside of the game store at midnight on the release date freezing their ass off to be the 'first one' to have it. Personally I doubt they will move the date up because it is unlikely they could ramp up production or the publicity enough in a short time to be effective. Probably, they will just go around frantically sueing people.

Up the release? Nah. (4, Interesting)

Yolegoman (762615) | more than 9 years ago | (#10522767)

They've hyped November 9th too much. I just can't see Bungie changing their release date, no matter how many reasons there may be.

I don't even have an Xbox, but what is the hardware you would need to burn the Xbox ISO once you downloaded it off P2P? I'm merely curious.

CD burner? DVD burner? Xbox equipped with modchip or no?

- Yolego

Re:Up the release? Nah. (5, Funny)

EvilCabbage (589836) | more than 9 years ago | (#10522827)

I don't even have an Xbox, but what is the hardware you would need to burn the Xbox ISO once you downloaded it off P2P?

A modded X-box and a crossover cable. That's all, er.. so I hear.

Re:Up the release? Nah. (3, Informative)

truz24 (800762) | more than 9 years ago | (#10522828)

dvd burner, modded xbox, its a dvd9 release of the game meaning it won't fit on a regular dvd5 dvd. So if you don't have a DVD9 burner(which most people don't at this point) you have to either copy it onto your XBox or find someone that has a DVD9 burner.

Re:Up the release? Nah. (3, Informative)

bo0ork (698470) | more than 9 years ago | (#10522895)

Halo.2.DVD5.Kit.READNFO.XBOX-iND

This little kit automatically will Make The Halo 2 DVD9 into a DVD5. all you do is extract all the files to where you have diff-hl2.iso and then click halo2dvd5.bat - it will unpack the ISO, Remove 1 movie [attractions] and Repack it to make it a DVD5..it also removes dashupdate.xbe.

then simply burn Halo2_DVD5.iso!

the next question, why? Because im sure some credit whoring group would come along, and release a Rip of it calling it a DVD5..

so why let some credit whores release another 4.3gb, when ive done whats needed in 30kb? =)

on another note.

Hey GGS, is this Rip 'Xbox-Live Compatible' too? ;)

make sure you have a bit of free drive space, it needs a temp dir [which it removes afterwards] to do its work.

Re:Up the release? Nah. (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10522876)

It gonna need a modded or softmodded Xbox. (The Xbox now can be "modded" through software exploits.)

Then either a DVD burner and softwate or FTP connection to the Xbox with XISO extraction software (available free).

It's unbelievable how easy it is to run homebrew software (and, unfortunately, pirated software) on the Xbox, considering the lengths MS went to to secure it.

Thankfully, all the pirates *wont* be able to play on Xbox Live (as it requires an unmodified kernel and is checked at logon). There is some justice...

Re:Up the release? Nah. (1)

Inda (580031) | more than 9 years ago | (#10523045)

"FTP connection to the Xbox with XISO extraction software (available free)."

QUIX is an easier solution. It has some extra features too; like renaming the game title in the default.xbe file. It saves getting the hex editor out.

"Thankfully, all the pirates *wont* be able to play on Xbox Live (as it requires an unmodified kernel and is checked at logon). There is some justice..."

Who needs XBOX live? There is a tunneling application you use so that the XBOX believes it is on a LAN (but is actually on the internet). It works well and is also free. It shares my PC's internet connection through a crossover cable. I forget the name and cannot risk Googling it from here.

Re:Up the release? Nah. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10522978)

If you have an Xblox modded with the right chip, you can just hook up your Xblox to PC via Ethernet and xfer the game onto your 120GB Xblox Harddrive.

Re:Up the release? Nah. (2, Funny)

digital.prion (808852) | more than 9 years ago | (#10523006)

I don't even have a Ferrari but if I wanted one which wires would I cross?
I am merely curious.

Sincerly,
"practically home-free"

Re:Up the release? Nah. (1)

BlackHawk-666 (560896) | more than 9 years ago | (#10523011)

Indeed. Release dates are incredibly hard to move, as any software developer could attest. The marketing and distribution machines are kicked into gear months in advance of shipping so it just isn't even remotely feasible to make the release earlier. They hold press conferences, make press releases, and have all the pressing and artwork issues to deal with. Nothing to see here folks, expect the release on the expected release date.

I take it (1)

pommiekiwifruit (570416) | more than 9 years ago | (#10523129)

It will all be very tasteful double-page adverts saying "9/11" in big numerals, like Microsoft did when they released a new version of flight simulator on 9/11/2001.

Heh. (5, Funny)

Devar (312672) | more than 9 years ago | (#10522771)

I like how on the front page directly under this story is the article U.S. Declares War on Intellectual Property Theft [slashdot.org] .

Re:Heh. (2, Interesting)

syberanarchy (683968) | more than 9 years ago | (#10522797)

I submitted this something like five minutes before that IP story showed up. Then, I had that same thought.

Weird how stuff like that works.

Honestly, I had thought this would have been on /. within like ten minutes of being put on GS.

Hmmm. (1)

Sevn (12012) | more than 9 years ago | (#10522773)

"Any chance this bombshell move could force MS/Bungie to push up the release date?"

Yes.

Hmmm. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10523004)

No. It's too hyped up.

It's up (3, Interesting)

jlefeld (814985) | more than 9 years ago | (#10522775)

I saw the torrent available. Not that I really care much about it since I have no xbox, and I prefer Halo on PC over the xbox. I just like the controls on PC since I was so used to those.

I have seen it here. (0, Flamebait)

mowler2 (301294) | more than 9 years ago | (#10522787)

I have seen it here: The Piratebay [piratebay.org]

Re:I have seen it here. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10522990)

Mod parent down, don't give the secret away.

Information wants to be free? (3, Insightful)

Trolling4Columbine (679367) | more than 9 years ago | (#10522823)

Or is it that people want information to be free (beer)?

I suppose people would be downloading this as a backup to the product they already legally own, right? Oh wait, the game hasn't been released yet...

Re:Information wants to be free? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10522884)

I pre-ordered it, Does that count?

Conspiracy (-1, Flamebait)

HitByASquirrel (710289) | more than 9 years ago | (#10522825)

I'm beginning to think gaming companies are doing this (letting their games get leaked) purposely.

It's a perfect excuse if they are unsatisfied/unfinished with the game that they're supposed to release and they want more time to fix 'em.

er... i mean wtf... damn french pirates...

Re:Conspiracy (1, Insightful)

HitByASquirrel (710289) | more than 9 years ago | (#10522849)

You can't spell Conspiracy without piracy.

Re:Conspiracy (0, Troll)

PoopJuggler (688445) | more than 9 years ago | (#10523023)

You can if you are lysdexic




or have gone thru the US public edumacation system

Re:Conspiracy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10522908)

That would be a great arguement if the game hadn't gone gold before being leaked.

Re:Conspiracy (1)

rnilz (734968) | more than 9 years ago | (#10522971)

er... i mean wtf... damn french pirates...

That's freedom pirates!! ;-P

Re:Conspiracy (2, Insightful)

orion41us (707362) | more than 9 years ago | (#10522983)

I could see this happening to a game that does not have such a high demand/ratings for

- i.e. Company A spends 2 years on a new game - It's full of bugs and is not getting any good reviews - a flop. they leek it. Then turn around and claim that the leeked version killed their profits and write it off come tax season.

Arrr arrr me hearties (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10522835)

Ahoy!

Aye, talk like a piiiiiiiiiiiraaaate day haz been extended me mateees.

Shiver me timbers, bring me some halo 2 smartly now ye blige rats.

Arr arr

BBC article also (4, Informative)

hereschenes (813329) | more than 9 years ago | (#10522839)

Here. [bbc.co.uk]

shhhh (2, Funny)

fafaforza (248976) | more than 9 years ago | (#10522861)

"Gamespot reports that Halo 2 has already been leaked to the internet via French newsgroups

Sssssshhhhhhhhhhhhuddup... That's the one thing they haven't tried to shut down yet. Let's just agree to lump usenet under the broad umbrella of "p2p filesharing software".

I don't approve of this, of course... (4, Insightful)

Pantero Blanco (792776) | more than 9 years ago | (#10522864)

...but it's insanely amusing that it happened right before the "US Declared War on Intellectual Property Theft".

IP Theft pre-emptively attacked!

I have only one thing to say about this: (0, Redundant)

Killjoy_NL (719667) | more than 9 years ago | (#10522877)

YAR!

Gone Gold (4, Insightful)

Dracolytch (714699) | more than 9 years ago | (#10522883)

If I remember correctly, Halo 2 has already gone gold. It'll be difficult to increase the speed of a release at this point. There are a lot of logistical factors that they'll have to overcome to increase production for an immediate release.

If they DO release sooner, and there aren't enough copies, that will also cause a case where people will go to the 'net for the game.

~D

Re:Gone Gold (1)

Libor Vanek (248963) | more than 9 years ago | (#10523008)

What's "lot of logistical factors" when all you need it Torrent file? .-)

Re:Gone Gold (1)

gilesjuk (604902) | more than 9 years ago | (#10523050)

Logistical obstacles that can be overcome by releasing it on the Internet via a paid download.

They could release the game now if they did this and save customers a fair amount as there would be less need for box design, posters, shipping, CD pressing etc..

People are impatient, some pirate the game simply as they want it now, it's finished and they don't see why they have to wait a month or so before it is released. Often by the time the game has been officially released they're bored of it and aren't going to purchase it.

They deserve it (0, Troll)

coffin_birth (808593) | more than 9 years ago | (#10522889)

It totally figures that something like that would happen to Bungie, as they keep pushing the date back and taunting us with trailers that are played on every TV screen in the world... It's kinda odd though, how it's the French and not something rediculous like Nigeria or Fiji

Re:They deserve it (2, Informative)

Yolegoman (762615) | more than 9 years ago | (#10522992)

They have not once pushed the date back. Every rumor about release dates, aside from the official one at E3 2004, were just that, rumors. Mostly ones generated by gaming sites and whatnot.

As for trailers, you're nuts. Of course they want to tease us. It's called marketting.

Get it from here (0, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10522928)

Re:Get it from here (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10522948)

We don't want it

Re:Get it from here (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10523052)

DO NOT post links to Suprnova from here fucktard! Do you really want to draw attention to them, and ruin it for everybody that uses it?

MS deserves any foul play (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10522936)

... for they play havoc through legal means, although every such move is actually illegal. but they always cross the fine line as with scores of small companies. if any shit happens to them. well, bad luck ! SHIT HAPPENS!!!!!!

Re:MS deserves any foul play (1)

Pantero Blanco (792776) | more than 9 years ago | (#10522998)

Yes, but did Bungie?

It's a shame... (1)

FunkDaddy (556594) | more than 9 years ago | (#10522943)

Bungie is one of those companies that I love and they deserve every penny they get from my purchase. They are passionate about what they do and have a great community. But what with the internets and all, it's bound to happen.

This is simply untrue (4, Informative)

Killjoy_NL (719667) | more than 9 years ago | (#10522951)

"It should be noted that players who download the game illegally could face a maximum penalty of $100,000 per infringement for copyright violations."

In the Netherlands at least it's legal to download, but illegal to upload stuff like this.

I'd like to see them try to extradite an infringer. :P

Re:This is simply untrue (-1, Troll)

0123456 (636235) | more than 9 years ago | (#10522986)

"I'd like to see them try to extradite an infringer. :P"

Well, Bush _is_ looking for some other country to bomb before the election...

HAHAHA (-1, Troll)

Pooldraft (756431) | more than 9 years ago | (#10522952)

ARHHHHH GIVE ME ALL YOUR SHIT! FOR FREE as in BEER BITCH! hahah that is was you get bastards. .torrent

Go figure.. (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10522967)

When I actually have something insightful to say about this topic. I forget my password, and hotmail isn't working.

Anyways: Back in the day, my friends used to work for a CD duplication plant. After a couple of the CDs have been duplicated, they give me some of the CDs (with no labels on them btw) and thats how I got most of my prerelease stuff 8)

Re:Go figure.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10523109)

I used to work in a CD dupe plant. Got much of my music and CD-ROMs that way. During the start of a run there were usually a good handful of disks that were visually unappealing but functional until we tweaked the injection moulding to behave with that stamper. Those babies were mine. Good promotional shit that only went to a few people, copies of Microsoft Office, etc...

Hmmm.. (3, Insightful)

Gentlewhisper (759800) | more than 9 years ago | (#10522969)

Any chance this bombshell move could force MS/Bungie to push up the release date?

Not to be a throll, but I think it will only push up the release date for more draconian laws

Come on! Why do they want to release things so early?! There is a difference between pissing people off, and really really pissing people off!

Picking on Half Life 2? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10522976)

Code leaked. Game leaked. Big difference there.

Nice of them to pick on the guys who made one of the most popular PC games to date (and I'm sure increased PC sales quite a lot..).

push up? (1)

noisymime (816237) | more than 9 years ago | (#10522980)

OK probably a dumb question... But if the program is complete (as proved by the fact that its leaked, as if we didn't know it anyway) why isn't it just release already. I can never understand the long pause that occurs after games are apparently completed. I mean if they CAN push up the release date why wouldn't they?

Re:push up? (1)

Yolegoman (762615) | more than 9 years ago | (#10523013)

They can't, really. If they did, they would run out of supply within the first week. Technically, someone could hand you a completed, wrapped, original Halo 2 game today. But they can't just throw them around the world as they come off the production line... they have to release them all at once so that the public doesn't get mad.

Re:push up? (1)

noisymime (816237) | more than 9 years ago | (#10523111)

I'm just surprised that with something like this they wouldn't be able to at least meet some demand, even if it is localised. I would have thought it was in there interests. I'm from Australia so having to wait 1,2,6 months for get something after everyone else already has is no biggy. It's been a little while at least since it went gold and I hate to think the number of CD's they're able to stamp per day.....

Re:push up? (1)

RPI Geek (640282) | more than 9 years ago | (#10523039)

There's no such thing as a dumb question, only dumb people.

The reason is because they only went gold last week, and it takes time to actually produce the xx million copies that people preordered. Going gold means that they made the gold master that they can stamp all your precious copies from, and they can't suddenly increase the speed that the lines are moving at. They send out the very first copies to people who write reviews, and sometimes these people copy them and put them on bittorrent.

Anything still unclear?

This is Sad (5, Insightful)

shplorb (24647) | more than 9 years ago | (#10523000)

Whether you like Microsoft or not, this is bad. Many people have poured their hearts and souls into making that game not just because they like making cool stuff, but because they like to bring happyness to people. The person who leaked this clearly has no respect for the creators of the game.

As a game developer, I urge you to show some respect for the creators of the game by not downloading or distributing it. My first game came out a couple of weeks ago on PS2 and XBox and it's both frustrating and disappointing to see it readily available on P2P networks. How would you like to see something you've worked on for 50+ hours a week for months on end being freely copied around?

If you're intent on doing it, at least wait until the game has been released and if you like it, please buy it to support the developers. $50 isn't much to pay considering the number of hours of entertainment you get from the tens of thousands of man-hours and millions of dollars that would have gone into producing it - infinitely better value than a movie.

I'm a bit confused (5, Funny)

insomnyuk (467714) | more than 9 years ago | (#10523016)

No one has answered:

1) Why the hell would this force Bungie to push forward the release date? I'm sorry, but I didn't spend the time or money to mod my x-box, and I don't want to play the goddamn game in French, since I don't speak French and I'd kind of like to know what the hell is going on when I play the game.

2) Does this mean pre-orders in France are going to be canceled all of the sudden? I doubt it. Even with filesharing, artists can still sell millions of albums.

3) Who is responsible for this, exactly? Pirates? Like the ones from Penzance, or the less musical Barbary Pirates? Someone said French journalists. Uh, RTFM. There's a big difference between "news groups" and journalists.

Re:I'm a bit confused (1)

Morgahastu (522162) | more than 9 years ago | (#10523065)

I think the story submitter meant that the release date would be made earlier to avoid losing sales to pirating.

Choices, choices... (5, Funny)

toriver (11308) | more than 9 years ago | (#10523026)

Hm... risk a $100,000 fine for illegally downloading it, or risk a $1,000 fine for stealing a physical copy when it's released...

No (5, Funny)

cassidyc (167044) | more than 9 years ago | (#10523088)

it wont affect Bungies release date, but it will be a good excuse to delay HL2 some more

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