copy protection in a FREE
game? Nice going, Digital Jesters.
PS: using the StarForce Removal Tool
to remove the StarForce drivers works until you start up Trackmania Nations, it then reinstalls the drivers.
¹ Introduction to StarForce: StarForce is a copy protection system that utilizes hidden system drivers which have ring 0 (down to the hardware-level) priveledges. Since system drivers are ALWAYS on, StarForce copy protection is always on as well.
Its methods are portrayed as being excessive since being always turned on and interfering at the hardware level will cause at best, system "hiccups" and increased load times, and at worst, CD/DVD drive failure and disconnection from the OS (sometimes with the rest of the IDE channel disconnecting as well) and inability to write even data CDs/DVDs.
This is probably touted as a feature: StarForce DOES NOT uninstall itself when you remove the game that has it. You need a special tool (linked above) to remove it and even then you have no guarantee as to its complete removal.
Because of the nature of StarForce and the attitudes pubs take to inconvenience² their own customers, several gamers have taken to boycott games (sometimes entire publishing houses) with StarForce
If you want to see a nice, honest article about a legitimate customer and his experiences with StarForce protection, I recommend this article
² This is funny, you see. If you have problems with StarForce and go to the pubs' forums to get technical assistance, you won't get any technical assistance because YOU'RE NOT A LEGITIMATE PAYING CUSTOMER. YOU'RE A **** CRACKER WHO WANTS TO CRACK OUR GAMES YOU PIRATE I'M DELETING YOUR POSTS AND BANNING YOU FROM OUR FORUMS. CRACKER. PS > WE'RE NOT LISTENING TO YOUR COMPLAINTS, SINCE WE KNOW THE ONLY REASON OUR GAMES SELL LESS IS BECAUSE OF YOU PIRATES AND CRACKERS. NOT BECAUSE THE DRACONIAN COPY PROTECTION WHICH DOES NOT UNINSTALL ITSELF IS DRIVING LEGITIMATE CUSTOMERS TO AVOID OUR GAMES.
PS: the FiringSquad article linked on the Wikipedia article as it boils down to "StarForce does not ever cause any problems whatsoever. EVER. If you have a problem with StarForce it's your own fault. Mmmm.... StarForce cock in my mouth"
Edit: in hindsight, I got a lot of nerd rage, don't I?