Hello,

We noticed you're browsing in private or incognito mode.

To continue reading this article, please exit incognito mode or log in.

Not an Insider? Subscribe now for unlimited access to online articles.

A View from David Kushner

Halo 2 Hacked

Fans of the year’s most anticipated Xbox game, Halo 2, don’t have to wait until the November 9 release date to play it. Last night, pirates in the warez scene leaked what they claim to be a complete version of…

  • October 14, 2004

Fans of the year’s most anticipated Xbox game, Halo 2, don’t have to wait until the November 9 release date to play it. Last night, pirates in the warez scene leaked what they claim to be a complete version of the sci-fi shooter on the Internet. Gamespot reports that the version features French dialogue, and that it’s readily available on newsgroups and P2P groups.

“We consider downloading this code or making it available for others to download as theft,” said Microsoft, the game’s publisher, in a statement. “We are currently investigating the source of this leak with the appropriate authorities. Microsoft takes the integrity of its intellectual property extremely seriously, and we are aggressively pursuing the source of this illegal act.”

Pirated games, of course, are nothing new. But the fact that a group has pirated such a huge game so far in advance – 27 days! – is pretty incredible. Ultimately, however, I question the impact that such a leak will have on the game’s sales. Most players, after all, don’t have the will or skills to play a pirated console game on a modified machine. If anything, it will only build the anticipation for players who want to get their hands on the real thing.

Want more award-winning journalism? Subscribe to Insider Plus.
  • Insider Plus {! insider.prices.plus !}*

    {! insider.display.menuOptionsLabel !}

    Everything included in Insider Basic, plus the digital magazine, extensive archive, ad-free web experience, and discounts to partner offerings and MIT Technology Review events.

    See details+

    Print + Digital Magazine (6 bi-monthly issues)

    Unlimited online access including all articles, multimedia, and more

    The Download newsletter with top tech stories delivered daily to your inbox

    Technology Review PDF magazine archive, including articles, images, and covers dating back to 1899

    10% Discount to MIT Technology Review events and MIT Press

    Ad-free website experience

/3
You've read of three free articles this month. for unlimited online access. You've read of three free articles this month. for unlimited online access. This is your last free article this month. for unlimited online access. You've read all your free articles this month. for unlimited online access. You've read of three free articles this month. for more, or for unlimited online access. for two more free articles, or for unlimited online access.