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China Promoting Illegal Diablo III Crack

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Diablo III hasn't been released in China yet but the game is definitely enjoying a lot of coverage here. Enterprising players are already playing the game by buying copies from foreign countries, much to the ire of Korean and Taiwanese players. Now it seems there maybe a way for Chinese players to play Diablo III without causing problems for the Asian server. People's Daily's online's gaming channel, China's party newspaper's online website, as well as Tencent, one of China's largest internet gaming sites, have put out articles that heavily feature the use of a Diablo III crack so that players can play offline.

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Currently, foreign games that enter the Chinese market need to be censored and "published" by a Chinese internet operator such as Tencent, Shanda or NetEase. NetEase is the operator for World of Warcraft in China.

The crack in question, released by the notorious game hacking group Skidrow is basically a server emulator for Diablo III. The server emulator would allow the game to think that it was "connected" to Blizzards server, thus allowing the player to play Diablo III offline. Currently the crack is still in its beta stage but a working torrent has been released.

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Perhaps due to the overwhelming popularity of Blizzard games in China, as of this writing, Tencent and People's Daily have highlighted story on their websites. The writers for the stories went even as far as to say, "we hope that SK group can have this crack working 100 percent, so that we can play Diablo III before there is an official operator."

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The articles also ask potential users of the crack to bear with the problems as the crack is only in beta. "We, as the guinea pigs, will have to be prepared for bugs but at least we can play offline."

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Now there are countless legal issues at play with what the Tencent and People's Daily articles are promoting. Interestingly enough both articles which read oddly familiar only bring up the legal issue of who will operate Diablo III when it is officially allowed into China, completely foregoing the obvious break in end user agreements and piracy laws.

《暗黑3》Skidrow局域网破解版放出 [People's Daily]

国外破解小组再逆天 暗黑3免费破解版放出 [Tencent]

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DISCUSSION

This is not really a working crack per say. It's an emulated server, something that's been out since the Beta.

Guess what you can do in this emulated server? Nothing. Well, not nothing, you can run around the first area with a few NPC's that have no AI routines, there are no items or weapons or armor, there are no quests.

This is the issue with cracking this game. Everything lives on Blizzard servers. The AI, the loot algorithms, the level design, everything except the art assets.

In order to make a successful stand alone server you'd need a professional development team to essentially REMAKE the entire game. And they have to be willing to do this for free, and regularly update the server to fix bugs and add features.

It might one day happen... There might be a stable emulated server released that is regularly updated and that doesn't play like some crappy creation a 13 year kid put together, but you're crazy if you expect it in anything like the next 1-2 years.

Only the cheapest MF would actually go to that kind of trouble not to spend $50 on a game.