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Age of Mythology, any way to play it without my disc? Only reason I have a disc drive

Discussion in 'Games' started by Phusius, Jul 25, 2012.

  1. Phusius

    Phusius New Member

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    I only play one game still that requires a disc, Age of Mythology, and never use any other discs so no point for me to have my DVDRW drive anymore if I can figure out a way to play this game without the disc... checked GOG, GMG, Steam, no one sells it on digital form. Thoughts?
     
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    I pretty sure any answer to your question would be against the rules of this site. It's not that hard to figure out for yourself.
     
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    Yeah that thought passed through my head the second after I hit post. Perhaps I should EDIT that out.
     
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    Phusius New Member

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    I will just use the disc then, I don't know how to pirate without getting virus's etc.
     
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    You don't need to pirate. You need to circumvent the copy protection; to disable or work around the disc check. This falls under FAIR USE, so long as you own the software. (dependant on local laws, etc etc)

    Downloading a pirate copy is, as always, a risky idea; certainly not one I or TPU endorses.
     
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    Phusius New Member

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    Not sure how pirating ever became popular anyway, how can people risk messing up or slowing down their entire PC with junk like that. I will stick with my SSD speeds and fiber optic internet thanks xD
     
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    Everyone seems to have their pet justifications.

    I can't tell you how to play your game that you rightfully own without the disc in the drive because that knowledge can be used just as easily to play a game you don't own; even if you wouldn't do that, the site is accessible online to everyone and enough of those people don't have your integrity. :ohwell:
     
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    it isn't pirating... Google the title of this thread with some slight modifications for specifics and see what shows up.
     
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    Yup. If you own it, you have the right to play it.
     
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    at the very least you should be able to rip your disk to an iso and then mount it with daemon tools or similar. Digitalizing your library isn't illegal. You bought the game, you don't plan on giving away the disk, you'd just like to run it without the disk. I don't see an issue here.

    Also most of the disk required games are only searchign for a few specific files, it shouldn't be hard to reporduce those.
     
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    brandonwh64 Addicted to Bacon and StarCrunches!!!

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    I have the full installer that I downloaded from windows game live website back in the day when I purchased it. I just checked thought its not on the windows gaming store anymore :(
     
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    See if your key will activate via Windows Live. Worth a try?
     
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    image the disk and then use magicdisk or somthing to make a virtual drive and load the ISO. Even if you get rid of your disk drive from the rig, you will always want an external USB one hanking around in case you want to perform some maintenance or something.

    Keep the original disk as backup.
     
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    brandonwh64 Addicted to Bacon and StarCrunches!!!

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    this also has my vote. I have alot of my older game discs ripped to ISO for this reason. Makes installing larger games way faster.
     
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    Wrigleyvillain PTFO or GTFO

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    As soon as you dump the drive you are going to end up needing it for something. And do you have a different plan for reinstalling Windows?
     
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    USB stick
     
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    cadaveca My name is Dave

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    Wrigleyvillain PTFO or GTFO

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    Yeah I am aware there are other options just asking OP if he has plans for such.

    Thats also nice as should be able to slipstream in updates and service packs (and whatever else you want) to save some time and bandwidth.
     
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    Or you can just put in the DVD. Seems easier just to do that then take another 30 mins to make a USB stick.

    Not to mention, you still need a DVD drive to make the image so.... kinda pointless IMO - you will still have an external (obviously assuming one computer and a disc).

    Clearly you're going to be able to figure it out, but its a pain. Just spend the $20 on an external writer. Then you can also burn your grandma Photo DVDs and she will think its the greatest stuff ever.
     
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    cadaveca My name is Dave

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    Between making the image, and burning the DVD + the time saved on install, the USB method is far faster. And, if you are like me, and install Windows weekly on test rigs, DVD is just not a viable option.

    Making USB stick takes 15 minutes, including ripping the image. Then Windows install takes like 5-8 minutes after. It's really amazing how quickly Windows installs from USB. DVD is like 1.5 MB/second, USB, up to ~30 MB/sec on USB 2.0.

    I wish they'd start selling games on USB sticks, just stick in the stick to play, USB 3.0 is far faster than traditional mechanical drives anyway.
     
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    I cant wait until I can install windows via USB 3.0!
     
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    ^^ i totally agree. I dont think they will do that, just from experience when we make installers for our ERP system (which is old and does not do remote installations well, or at all) we have to make backup DVD's. Making an awesome dvd with a logo costs us 0.80 cents, for a 4GB USB stick was $7, and when you're making 1,000 the boss will always sign the cheaper PO.

    I don't see USB installers ever taking off... if anything I see laptops connecting to a server to download the OS on-demand.
     
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    Thank for your help everyone, I am going to MailMan's idea a try. xD :toast:
     
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