Gerwin, on February 8th 2006, 03:36 PM, said:
I think he wants to know because on PC's, Starforce is a major annoyance. If an equivalent for OSX would appear, it would be something like a kernel extension that would slowdown your computer and make it unstable, not to mention containing a possible rootkit like Sonys copy protection. I think it's a good question. Nothing like it has yet to appear for OSX, but if it did, I'd avoid it like the plague.
The Mac version will not have Starforce as it does not exist on the Mac.
This is how StarForce works...
Starforce has 3 levels.
1: disc validation (like securom)
2: code hooks that check via disc validation at certain triggers used by the software
3: active online authorisation
most use number 2
Starforce uses code hooks (an infinite amount really) that can trigger the validation check, that cracking a starforce game, while possible, takes ages. Some people may manage to by pass it's protection but as soon as another patch or downloaded conect comes out they have to restart the process.
Due to hear say on messageboards around the internet people have come to the conclusion that starforce is spyware it slows down your pc this is totaly false and a common misconception.
Starforce is a driver, it uses minimal amount of your processing power like any driver on your pc Starforce is neither a virus or spyware it doesn't call home.
Starforce uses a process while you play called validation triggers. What this does the publisher or Starforce themselfs will input a trigger this can be anything from opening a door to killing a certain NCP there is an infinate number. - This works by the Publisher or Starforce inserting triggers on events in the game, be it opening a door or killing NPC's. When you set off a trigger it will check for validation, even if pirates get a few they still have to go through the entire game and check and re-check otherwise the game crashes.
If this system appeared on the Mac it would not be a ".kext" or kernal extension as there is no need for one, it would just check the CD and other hardware related checks. Starforce does not exist on the Mac so this point is moot but I thought I would give you a bit of background on what exactly Starforce does do.
I know people have had issues with Starforce but this have mostly been either compatibility issues with motherboard CD drive combinations (not surprising if you think about the amount of motherboards and CD drives), or because they have image mounting software.
I agree that it is not the best solution and it appears to have some major issues on some machines but in a perfect world I would not see 100+ a day bit-torrent downloading of our games either.