If you love to play computer games, you might have played a pirated or cracked version of a game at least once in
your life. According to a report, around 90% of total PC gamers have played a pirated games at least once. Piracy is
the biggest hindrance to the gaming and software industry. Although the authorities are taking strict actions
against the pirated games and programs distributors and promoters, once something is on the internet, it is almost
impossible to take it down and stop its spread.
If you have ever played the pirated game, you might have noticed that it comes with one or multiple ‘cracked’ files
that allow you to bypass the registration of the game and play it for free. The end-users, i.e., the gamers, need not
have much technical knowledge and could easily crack the games by following the instructions provided by the
programmer or hacker who cracked the game.
Many of you might have wondered what technique or tool the hacker uses to break the game that allows the users
to easily play the paid games for free.
In this post, we would walk through the techniques used by the cyber attackers to crack the game, and further, we
would discuss what tools they use to apply the technique.
How are computer games Cracked?
There are various ways a computer game is cracked. All the methods are one or another way to perform reverse
engineering to deceive the registration process. The first step is to study the registry system and then find a way to
navigate to it. Then a common patch is developed so that the end-users can easily take advantage of the loophole
and bypass the activation process. This is done in the following ways:
This is a basic level of game cracking and was popular in the initial piracy days. It is applicable to the games that
use a separate executable program for the registration process. Let us understand Hex-Reading through an
Suppose a game asks you for a registration key, and upon entering the wrong key, it displays “R