Re: [stella] Perfect BIN copy protection

Subject: Re: [stella] Perfect BIN copy protection
From: Thomas Jentzsch <tjentzsch@xxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 2 Feb 2002 14:54:18 +0100
At 02.02.2002, 16:30, Roger Williams wrote:
> Call me a purist, but bins created
> to tank on a real 2600 aren't 2600 bins, even if you
> do have nearly-identical bins that don't tank.

Perhaps I misunderstand you now, but Manuels did mean to disable the
ROM working on a 2600, only working through a SuperCharger or a Cuttle
Cart. A regular burned cart will always work, the protection is relying
on documented(!) differences of the CC. 

He only wants to force the people, who want to play the game on a real
2600, to buy the cart (or to have at least some extra work to burn it

>> We know how to addtitionally hack-protect the game, in a 
>> way we think that's so frustrating to remove, that 
>> anybody attempting it will give up at some point.

> Well, that's a more reasonable goal.

And that's very easy to reach, because 99% of the people doing graphic
hacks are not able to program for the 2600 at all.

>> It'd be a 2600 in _every_ sense, but noone halfway 
>> insane would go through the troubles to hack it to run 
>> on the Cuttle Cart :-)

> Point taken, but that's not "perfect" copy protection.

Agreed, I've never seen any perfect copy protection. It's good enough if
the majority can beat it.

Have fun!
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