Posted by Data in Cortex Command - December 19th, 2007

So… out of curiosity, I googled “Cortex Command Crack” today, and tried out some of the torrents and downloads that popped up.

Then, I had to spend a good hour disinfecting my test computer with every anti-virus tool I could throw at it. Beware — there is some nasty stuff floating around, disguised as the real thing!

Artist unknown
Don’t be this guy.


That being said, if you do find a working crack, or you manage to crack it yourself, we’d love to see it! You will be rewarded with a free license key to the game (seriously)! Remember, any crack will probably only work for one version, while the key will legitimately unlock all versions up to and including when the full campaign is done!


Ok a couple of people managed to actually send real legit cracks they had made themselves (great job!), and they collected their rewards. No more keys will be handed out, so please stop spamming us with links to “maybe this is a crack?!” websites. Thanks! :)

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173 Responses to “Fair Warning”

  1. Carp - # December 19th, 2007 at 5:02 pm

    (1st post!)
    Crack is wack, yo. :P
    Seriously, $18 is a totally fair price for a polished version of CC, and not too bad for what’s out now. Don’t be cheap.

  2. Thundermaker - # December 19th, 2007 at 5:02 pm

    Wow! No posts here?
    I think someone is checking his PC with anti-virus now

  3. Thundermaker - # December 19th, 2007 at 5:03 pm

    O!! Sh…. Okay. 2nd!

  4. zalo - # December 19th, 2007 at 5:09 pm

    Phew, thats good to know for us Support edition buyers.

  5. Control - # December 19th, 2007 at 5:11 pm

    That looks like some nasty stuff floating around in that picture you’ve got there.

  6. Lord Tim - # December 19th, 2007 at 5:11 pm

    Then again… That’s what they get for not supporting an awesome game.

  7. XDevil - # December 19th, 2007 at 5:11 pm


  8. whitty2 - # December 19th, 2007 at 5:12 pm

    anyone who torrents/pirates this game will burn in hell.

  9. Tylerbot - # December 19th, 2007 at 5:14 pm

    I’ve been playing CC nonstop since I got my $18 license, I’m dying for more stuff, more tiles, more actors, more missions, more more more! I love you guys.

    Appropriate illustration, btw.

  10. Max - # December 19th, 2007 at 5:16 pm

    yeh ive been looking for a good crack as well data so far no luck though :( mail me if you find one though ;)

  11. Daman - # December 19th, 2007 at 5:19 pm

    Data, I’ve bought CC already, but I must say, just because you can’t download a crack off google doesn’t mean it isn’t easy to crack it as it is(If you know anything about debuggers). I really don’t want to go anywhere past the word debugger in the devlog for your sake, but I suggest you do your best regardless of a public crack to make it hard to crack.

  12. Data - # December 19th, 2007 at 5:20 pm

    Max: How about you let US know if you find one!?

    Daman: we’re aware and frankly surprised (disappointed?) no one seems to have done that yet!

  13. RottenCod - # December 19th, 2007 at 5:25 pm

    Data I know what you mean lol (trying to find a crack for counter strike)

  14. 3 Solid - # December 19th, 2007 at 5:32 pm

    I’m not sure whether to congratulate or not, well done for not getting hacked, but if we aren’t getting hacked yet we clearly need more publicness (I couldn’t think of a word for it)

  15. whitty2 - # December 19th, 2007 at 6:05 pm

    ive actually looked through the files and havnt found a way to crack it… not that i would if i found a way of course, cuz im buying the game tomorrow when i get home from my last final XD

    ohay dont edit those core files, or you will have to reinstall CC.

  16. virus boy - # December 19th, 2007 at 6:15 pm

    ha ha lol i tryed downloading a crack for test too and well gess what norton picked up a virus called:W32.Virut.W yep and that was the virus soo don’t try too find cark,torrent it wont work and it will give you viruses ohh good job on game data.!!! :)

  17. jockmo42 - # December 19th, 2007 at 6:17 pm

    @3 SOLID


  18. Morr - # December 19th, 2007 at 6:21 pm

    I have 2 friends who have tried to crack the game. Other one kinda knows how the stuff works and managed to remove the timer.

    Then I was like “I hate you both” and bought the game for them.

    Anyways, even though I own a code, the 5 minute timer is rather annoying. Hard to convince friends the game is worth it.

  19. Edthefirst - # December 19th, 2007 at 6:43 pm

    Actually I am quite glad CC hasn’t been cracked. I have been extremely delighted with my copy and people need to stop ruining indie developers. Full corporation cracks are fine… :D

  20. Hiro - # December 19th, 2007 at 6:47 pm

    Yeah you guys are all complaining about demo limitations.

    Meanwhile I’m just wishing this game that I’ve been following for over a year would actually be released for mac X_X

  21. whitty2 - # December 19th, 2007 at 6:55 pm

    hiro, go buy a pc. i recommend dell dimension E520 with a 19 inch widescreen flatscreen moniter, intel pentinum dual core (3.00GHz), 1G memory, and SigmaTel high def speakers

  22. Delta_07 - # December 19th, 2007 at 7:15 pm

    I agree with the first post, don’t be cheap, just buy the game. $18 is a fair price (Even though you can get BF2 for $19 lol).

  23. What - # December 19th, 2007 at 7:40 pm

    Anyone trying to get their hands on a cracked version deserves it.

  24. FireBlizzard/DragonHero - # December 19th, 2007 at 7:43 pm

    I just wanna crack the timer then when i get the money buy the game so i can actually play a real game… But i sure as hell wouldnt go getting a crack for the entire game… The timer is the only thing i hate… Continue the great work Data :)

    Cant wait to see final cut :)


  25. whitty2 - # December 19th, 2007 at 7:58 pm

    and by deserves it, what means a deadly virus. one from the computer. and then you will catch ebola.

  26. FireBlizzard/DragonHero - # December 19th, 2007 at 8:00 pm

    For the next build could you atleast increase the timer since i dought you’d get rid of it, for a better chance in gettin paid for it :) heh


  27. somebody... - # December 19th, 2007 at 8:09 pm

    you got that right data!
    i already tried looking for a crack-
    uuuhhhh… i mean, i was going to… uuummmm…
    (thinks for a moment)
    test my anti-virus program!
    yeah, thats what i was doing…

  28. FireBlizzard/DragonHero - # December 19th, 2007 at 8:11 pm

    Let me re phrase what my 2nd post said (the last part) He probly added the timer so people would want to buy the game so they could play it longer :)

    (suggestion dont play tutorial mission in skirmish on death)


  29. Lieutenant Slappy Moose - # December 19th, 2007 at 9:10 pm

    That’s cool. Good knowing nobody is a big enough ass to post a crack online yet.

    Unfortunately, I’m sure someone out there will crack it and post the thing online.

    It’s bound to happen.

  30. flame - # December 19th, 2007 at 9:48 pm

    well i think that we can all agree that I’m the person digging in the dirt.

    also guess what, i entered a contest for a free IPod for good clean teeth, and WON! (I don’t really brush my teeth much *hehe*)

  31. Grif - # December 19th, 2007 at 10:31 pm

    Uhh, actually, a moderately known forum member, or at least formerly known one, has successfully cracked it. Or at least some of it.

    (S)he was told to report it to you; have you recieved said report?

    And, yeah, “debuggers”. Wish there were some way to counter them, but, there really isn’t.

  32. Fippe - # December 19th, 2007 at 11:11 pm

    About cracking, I never dl actual cracks. I look for serials, because you just copy-paste them from net, and you don’t actually download anything. And there is no (working, at least) serials for Cortex Command in net. Mainly because of CC “one serial per computer” policy. And thats fine.

    And Data, keep your work up! We all are waiting for “real B18″ of B19.

  33. Data - # December 19th, 2007 at 11:23 pm

    Grif, we have had no reports of working cracks yet…

  34. Grif - # December 19th, 2007 at 11:28 pm


    The user in question has been oddly absent from IRC and forums for the past few days. I might be able to find them; they apparently found a rather easy exploit, but neglected to relay the technique to any of the paying customers.

  35. Data - # December 19th, 2007 at 11:35 pm

    Everyone note the update in the post above.

  36. Anon - # December 19th, 2007 at 11:42 pm

    Well, a working crack would not target CC itself.
    That would be stupid an pointless.
    The most likely situation would be a crack targeting plimus

  37. TrouserDemon - # December 19th, 2007 at 11:46 pm

    I’m googling for functional debugggers now, any chance you could tell me what language it’s coded in?

  38. Anon - # December 19th, 2007 at 11:51 pm

    My guess is C++
    (All the errors say the .cpp file)

  39. Anon - # December 19th, 2007 at 11:53 pm

    Well, redirecting the validate key page to my own https server is not working…

  40. Anon - # December 19th, 2007 at 11:54 pm

    I sure that picture did happen before…

  41. Grif - # December 19th, 2007 at 11:56 pm

    TrouserDemon, stop searching. I just got forwarded the method, and have PMed it to Data. Not sure whether it can really be fixed, but, hey, I tried.

  42. zacness - # December 20th, 2007 at 12:24 am

    Haha @ this scheme.
    If someone had a crack, they wouldn’t need a “free license key”.

  43. whitty2 - # December 20th, 2007 at 12:26 am

    yes they would, the crack would only work for this version of B19.

  44. Anon - # December 20th, 2007 at 12:27 am

    Don’t you have goodness in your heart?
    The knowledge you helped data for his years of hard work is the other reward.

  45. Anon - # December 20th, 2007 at 12:38 am

    The debugger thing could be fixed by making CC launch a debugger of it’s own, so another debugger cannot attach.

  46. Ollieh - # December 20th, 2007 at 1:25 am

    Data, any update on the polished release date?

  47. zacness - # December 20th, 2007 at 1:34 am

    What Ollieh said.

  48. Lazers - # December 20th, 2007 at 4:35 am

    Hoho, a challenge ;)
    Ill give this a go, but i think ill buy the game soon.

  49. Robber - # December 20th, 2007 at 6:38 am

    What Zacness said.

  50. BRYAN - # December 20th, 2007 at 6:50 am

    Wow! what a funny object.

  51. BRYAN - # December 20th, 2007 at 6:51 am

    Don’t you dig it?

    If you are do my same method, you are a stubid.

  52. christopher - # December 20th, 2007 at 7:24 am

    Mods: Have the base.rte’s index call upon the mod’s index

  53. Kurrus - # December 20th, 2007 at 8:17 am

    Anyone willing to buy CC for me?

    Exchanging HL2 for it blah blah blah.

  54. Jab-Jab - # December 20th, 2007 at 8:36 am

    Hehe, that image is funny…

  55. Cevius - # December 20th, 2007 at 8:57 am

    I went through half the files with a text editor, in hope that a key was floating amongst the random characters…

    i didnt find anything usefull, but can i have three characters of a key for trying? :D No?

    *continues to scrape loose change together and feeds it into his floppy drive* Ill have the full version soon!

  56. Tyroazard - # December 20th, 2007 at 9:25 am

    I have nothing to do and I’ve just done a search for Cortex Command on most of the major torrent sites, came up nothing.
    So, I guess this is.. good?

    Over and out. Good night DRL, DRLFF.

  57. Jakkar - # December 20th, 2007 at 9:44 am

    How exceedingly devious of you. I don’t entirely agree.. It all supports the notion that we’re equally rich, or that those who most deserve to play are those who can afford. It’s not much, but some people have higher priorities.

    But good luck. And beware, when the cracks start rolling you may be -inundated-.

  58. Data - # December 20th, 2007 at 9:50 am

    Jakkar: What’s devious??

  59. KeroroCanti - # December 20th, 2007 at 10:28 am

    And so, the hunt begins… DUN DUN DUUUUUUUUUUUUUUNNNN!!!

  60. Czar Leopold - # December 20th, 2007 at 10:33 am

    Go on Data!
    Fight the Man!

  61. Methalated Spirit - # December 20th, 2007 at 10:46 am

    hey data how come you’re giving out a free license if people find or make a crack lol?

  62. MrGreed - # December 20th, 2007 at 10:49 am

    Data, you’ve probably been asked this before but, are you planning online multiplayer for future releases, or are you just focusing on the singleplayer?

  63. Bolter - # December 20th, 2007 at 11:13 am

    Data, if you want to try and find cracks try using It has links to around 20 crack and serial sites which most are “good” sites, meaning no viruses and usually real cracks (some exeptions). Also there are some sites where you can get a “crack” for anything you put in their search engine so those sites shouldnt be too much of a problem. Also if you dl crack named “crack” it is most likely a virus or trojan.

    Ps: I have bought cc. :D

  64. Anon - # December 20th, 2007 at 11:23 am


    Hey, that’s the weakest response you will get for asking that.

    It checks the key from an online database using a secure certificate to ensure that it’s not intercepted.

    Yes, I have tried decompiling.

  65. Anon - # December 20th, 2007 at 11:25 am

    Of course, some programs can remove a debugger and attach their own…

  66. JeCa - # December 20th, 2007 at 11:28 am

    @Methalated Spirit: Ever heard about how Microsoft hire ex-hackers and pay them for finding and reporting exploits in their software? If someone finds an exploit it’s usually cheaper to pay them for letting you make it secure rather than having them spread it throughout the internet (wth Mozilla, why can’t you spell Internet with a small i?).

    On a side note, I think it’s mildly hilarious how people openly discuss attempts at cracking a game in the main devlog of it (thinking of the debuggers).

  67. lollilol - # December 20th, 2007 at 11:29 am

    @Methalated Spirit

    I guess Data is ready to pay for one license in order to prevent hundreds of other licenses being acquired via cracking :P

  68. Oni_Zanders - # December 20th, 2007 at 11:51 am

    Lmfao, sounds like he heard about what I did. >.>

  69. Cosmin - # December 20th, 2007 at 12:01 pm

    If someone really had the ability spent time to crack it then he wouldnt really care about the serial, since he could crack any future version as well. He’d probably prefer to spread it around anyway.

  70. Omnimmotus - # December 20th, 2007 at 12:03 pm

    I would assume it works that if you find a crack that you don’t yet know about you get a key, so that you don’t have 30 people getting keys from one crack.

    That being said, that key reward is a damn good idea. Who knows if it’ll work forever though.

  71. Dan - # December 20th, 2007 at 12:35 pm

    Data Realms Store has the best crack.

    100% working. ;)

  72. That One Guy - # December 20th, 2007 at 1:06 pm

    i just got the game and a friend already managed to remove the timer, let’s see if he can crack it

  73. Cosmin - # December 20th, 2007 at 1:22 pm

    Yeah? Tell us how to remove that blasted timer! :D

  74. eragon - # December 20th, 2007 at 2:50 pm

    hey im now offically trading my steam account that has garrys mod and counter strike source for cortex commander. you must first send me an email, , that has the code. since i do not play CC:S or garrys mod i will be deleteing anymemory of that account.

    PS u must send me code FIRST then ill send you account info.

    P.S.S. try a couple times of logging on on it it doesnt work first time steam downloaders.

  75. Daman - # December 20th, 2007 at 3:01 pm

    Do you guys have downs? First off, you don’t crack the fucking plimus site. That’s just dumb. You would modify the exe to skip to the section of the code past the serial check. Of course nobody would waste their time on a public crack of a pre-release, because it’ll have to be done all over again when b19 polished is out. Cracking anything is sort of tedious, and for those who have a key(Lol me) already, it’s pointless.

  76. Cosmin - # December 20th, 2007 at 3:19 pm

    LoL Eragon, nice one. If you dont know what job you wanna have in the future, I can tell you one thing: don’t try to sell stuff, nobody’s gonna buy.

  77. bobbyb - # December 20th, 2007 at 3:19 pm

    I’ve been trying to trade a fresh copy of half-life 2 and episode 1 for a cortex command key anyone willing. I have steam gifts of the games so you could make your own steam account and all if you don’t already have one.

    Cortex Command: $18

    Half-Life 2 + EP1: $25

    Thats $7 dollars off come on I’m begging so some Holiday Love

  78. bobbyb - # December 20th, 2007 at 3:32 pm

    00PS email is

  79. Jacob - # December 20th, 2007 at 3:39 pm

    just the fact that you are writing a blog about cracks shows me how $$$-centered you guys are.. I’m not buying your game that went from innovative to… messy/boring.

  80. FireBlizzard/DragonHero - # December 20th, 2007 at 3:54 pm

    Damn that timer is annoying…

    And people would probly spend time on cracking the code so they could sell it at a cheaper price so they could make profit (and some would just give out their crack info on it)

    There are many ways of cracking Cortex Command i’m positive but most people just dont wanna waste time on it…

    (P.S. anyone know how to by pass the timer still gonna pay for game either way but i want that damn timer gone)


  81. Prod - # December 20th, 2007 at 4:57 pm

    Tried finding the timer myself, but the hex editor I used to look for the stuff didn’t seem to show me anything relevant. I wouldn’t waste my time trying to crack the game ever, since sooner or later I’ll buy the thing, but the timer really needs to go.

  82. RottenCod - # December 20th, 2007 at 5:03 pm

    I have crack info its called the “246bleeblah.worm”

  83. harkejuice - # December 20th, 2007 at 5:58 pm

    you’d be surprised how many fans you guys have, its pretty common to release fake cracks for a loved game… sides, i wouldn’t waste my time looking for one since its rare to find cracked indie games, cept mount & blade, which isn’t even worth it, personally from what i’ve seen of the demo…

  84. Muffenz - # December 20th, 2007 at 6:07 pm

    Wow this is funny, but still if you want to find a crack it would take some months and it wouldn’t be the most current version.

  85. whitty2 - # December 20th, 2007 at 7:00 pm

    lol just buy a key and you get the rest of the updates for free.

  86. eragon - # December 20th, 2007 at 7:06 pm

    come on its garrys mod….. the 2nd best game……. lol

  87. bobbyb - # December 20th, 2007 at 9:01 pm

    I can’t believe no one wants HL2+EP1 in exchange for Cortex Command. That’s $7 off folks, email at if you do. Thanks

  88. Tomaster - # December 20th, 2007 at 9:30 pm

    just stop please BobbyB and Eragon, if no one replied to first post then no one is going to reply to the next one either.

  89. Joseph - # December 20th, 2007 at 10:28 pm

    Is this going to be like TO CATCH A PREDATOR where you invite us in and then confront us?

  90. Data - # December 21st, 2007 at 1:16 am

    joseph: sheesh you are too paranoid ;p

  91. AaronLee - # December 21st, 2007 at 2:52 am

    Lol you guys are using the same model the pentagon used to fight hackers… fight fire with fire. That is; they hired people to try and hack their networks and tell them how they did it. This is a great way to combat yarrring, good luck with it, guys. In the meantime, still haven’t bought CC, someday, my precious…

  92. RESOLUT - # December 21st, 2007 at 4:50 am

    some body have good working crack? sent it to please,i’ll be very gratitude ^-^

  93. Wacky - # December 21st, 2007 at 5:25 am

    i tried but i only got crack the frags lol

  94. FireBlizzard/DragonHero - # December 21st, 2007 at 5:39 am

    lmao Resolut, This topic is really about getting rid of cracks and not getting them XD

    Should just buy the game cuz from then on you dont need to pay for Cortex Command :D


  95. Cosmin - # December 21st, 2007 at 6:22 am

    Well I think the whole time-limit and “demo” bullshit has got out of hand, this certainly turned this game into your wish of making money. Look at Soldat: It’s 99% free, no limitations in gameplay whatsoever, and still there are tons of people buying it, since it rocks and they respect the work. Cortex Command rocks as well, but you obviously didnt do it for a community of people, you did it for the cash and the price is also huge, scaring fans away.
    If all this doesnt change, I fear the community will shrink instead of growing. Instead of having hundreds of people registering because they want to (and not being forced) and paying about 9 $ each, you’ll have a handful of people paying 18$ each.
    This isnt good for you and it isnt good for the users.

  96. Turunen45 - # December 21st, 2007 at 7:31 am

    I just got my !!LEGAL!! key. i bought it cause i couldnt find crack. (just kidding! data deserves every 18 bucks they can get!)

  97. PcbFlare - # December 21st, 2007 at 9:17 am

    I stumbled upon Cortex Command while looking for some physics-based game and found website. I downloaded build18 and started messing around with it for a while. Liked it. Then pre-rel.of build19 came out with the buy option. Because i’m a bit paranoid, i didn’t really want to buy it right then (never used credit card online before), so i started to collect info about the game, mods, stability, particular build details, and after playing tutorial in pre-rel.of build 19 and got pissed off about the time limit came to conclusion that i want the game :-) . I was searching for crack/time-limit remover for some time, but then i reconsidered – 18$ is around 350CZK in my currency, which isn’t really much (the other version is too much imho-although i get the idea behind that option.) 350CZK/18$ is a price of a budget game. Also from the forums everybody can see that there is progress. I didn’t gave up searching for the crack, because i couldn’t find anything, but because i felt somehow bad (no, really ! i mean it! support the underground, modding, independent, scene and everything..)i just somehow decided i’ll test the online shopping for the first time. I filled the form, sent the order and nothing happened for two days. So i filled and sent the form again, and in 10 minutes got mail from plimus, whether i really want to purchase the product twice. I explained that i wanted only one, and that i didn’t get any confirmation for the first order, so i sent it again. Another few minutes, and i got the code. I hope there will be some campaign related development soon. :-) so-the post “i bought it because couldn’t find the crack” inspired me to write this essay ;-) (sorry for my broken english..)

  98. PcbFlare - # December 21st, 2007 at 9:18 am

    GRIF: are you that Grif from the FSG scene ?

  99. RESOLUT - # December 21st, 2007 at 9:41 am

    i’d like to buy it but the point is i haven’t a bank account,i cant send $ by mail because i live in UkRAINE!and i have to wait atleast a month to get the game =C

  100. Dismo - # December 21st, 2007 at 9:56 am

    i will not download a cracked version because you deserve every penny, bin working on the game many years now :D .

  101. Skiv - # December 21st, 2007 at 10:11 am

    Resolut: I live in Poland and i GOT my code legaly. Go ask your firend, sister, mother, whoever. I hope they have a credit card.

  102. Austonst - # December 21st, 2007 at 10:21 am


    Come on, is $18 dollars really all that much? Just don’t go out to eat one night and instead eat some canned soup at home and there, you have 18 dollars.

    “Instead of having hundreds of people registering because they want to (and not being forced) and paying about 9 $ each, you’ll have a handful of people paying 18$ each.”
    Not true, $18 is perfectly reasonable for a game. If $18 is too much for you, how do you even have access to a computer with internet access?

  103. Anon - # December 21st, 2007 at 11:15 am

    This method reminds me of “pen-testing”

  104. Prod - # December 21st, 2007 at 11:55 am

    Data, if you keep the price at $18 until Christmas, that’d be superb, since I might ask to get this for Christmas, seeing that my Christmas list is incredibly short. A Christmas sale for us all!

  105. What - # December 21st, 2007 at 11:59 am

    Cosmin, Data has been working on this for 7 years, more than most actual commercial games and this costs a third less than those games. He deserves some cash for his efforts, you cheap bastard. If you don’t want to buy it,then get the hell out. Nobody wants to hear you complaining that your mother doesn’t like buying things over the internet.

    God damn.

  106. Ninji - # December 21st, 2007 at 12:07 pm

    Build 19 rules.
    Except for the time limit on skimrish.
    Other then that Build 19 rules.

    And cracks suck just buy the game it’s only $18.

  107. Cosmin - # December 21st, 2007 at 1:56 pm

    Pfft, WHAT, you dont have to start insulting people that dont share your opinion. Grow up.

  108. FireBlizzard/DragonHero - # December 21st, 2007 at 3:27 pm

    wow this turned slightly into a flame war…


  109. Hiro - # December 21st, 2007 at 4:31 pm

    Hey Cosmin, it’s his opinion that YOUR opinion is retarded.
    You’re trying to make Data sound like an evil moneygrabber overcharging for his 7 years of work, when in actuality you’re just a cheapskate who doesn’t want to pay more than $10 for a good game. The community will not SHRINK because they have to pay almost $20 for a great game.

    That being said, Mac version please? I don’t give a care if you charge more for it to cover any extra work, I just want CC. I’ll gladly pay $25 or $30 T_T

  110. RottenCod - # December 21st, 2007 at 5:07 pm

    I could see this game on Xbox live arcade…

  111. NightKev - # December 21st, 2007 at 5:27 pm

    @Hiro: I believe he was referring to the post by “What” where he was called a “cheap bastard” and was told to “get the hell out. [...] God damn.”

  112. The Mushroom Man - # December 21st, 2007 at 5:56 pm

    A Xbox arcade version would be so kick ass! Downside is how would you use mods?

  113. XDevil - # December 21st, 2007 at 6:10 pm


  114. .... - # December 21st, 2007 at 6:14 pm

    I hope not

  115. Anon - # December 21st, 2007 at 6:30 pm


    Put them in the main folder.

  116. Prod - # December 21st, 2007 at 7:53 pm

    @Mushroom Man

    PC game only. What makes this game extra-awesome is the modding capability, something impossible on Xbox. Besides, I would never play it on Xbox, I hate using the controller to control actors.

  117. zacness - # December 21st, 2007 at 10:21 pm

    Data, are you going to be a massive ham and release the ” Real Deal ” on christmas?

  118. Ollieh - # December 21st, 2007 at 10:52 pm

    @Zacness, I bet he is! I’m 72.852% sure.

  119. Donator - # December 22nd, 2007 at 12:49 am

    I really appreciate your plea for solidarity, but I would have hoped you’d spent more time in December polishing your release candidate instead of wasting time worrying about these things.

  120. neXus - # December 22nd, 2007 at 2:46 am

    I made a crack and sent it to Data. Next day I really got a license key! It is a good way to save 18$.

  121. Notoriety - # December 22nd, 2007 at 6:40 am


    Don’t you dare insult Mount&Blade!

    srsly that game rocks. it MUST be good if people are still willing to crack it and it’s only in version .894… or something… the game is actually really fun and the dev team is hard at work. the newest release version had a lot of good new features but they still only bumped the version number up by less than .1

  122. FireBlizzard/DragonHero - # December 22nd, 2007 at 11:02 am

    Damn lucky you know how to make cracks XD wouldaloved to get rid of timer andstuff lol but id stick with buying it eitherway…

    Anyway Data for B20 could you atleast make it so the timer is longer then 5mins because its so boring to play with the timer


  123. ARme - # December 22nd, 2007 at 1:27 pm

    Well i really have fun with the actual B19 version of Cortex Command and 15€ is an adequate price really.

    But the register/un-register system is really frustrating and it’s a real mess to find what’s valuable for B19 in the forum.
    You should really thing about a small web application to rate and retrieve easily mods or terrains with pictures/animation and all…

    Hope you have idea for Lan too (not Wan but Lan should be possible as long as you thing about this dumb registration system).

    Finally i would really be much more happy if there were more vehicles, structures, utilities, events and game modes than a full campaign (i never play any campaign when there is a nice skirmish mode).

    This game as much more potential than any other so please don’t fall into clichés.

    Thanks ;) But now i must get xbox controllers for Christmas to play with friends ^^

  124. Foogooman - # December 22nd, 2007 at 2:53 pm

    I hope the full build 19 release comes out before Christmas.

  125. Prod - # December 22nd, 2007 at 5:59 pm

    There is a possibility that I’ll get this for X-mas. The campaign is what I ALWAYS focus on first thing when I get a game, then I’ll do the other stuff later, usually to familiarize myself, although for this, that won’t be necessary. And will the campaign be editable? So we can make our own missions? Kind of a dumb question, but I just want to make sure.

  126. Evveron - # December 22nd, 2007 at 6:36 pm

    Man i hope the full version comes out soon.

  127. DistantCry - # December 22nd, 2007 at 6:54 pm

    Sir, get a free home eddition of Avast Anti Virus, its unstopable, you wont regret it

  128. Data - # December 22nd, 2007 at 7:32 pm

    prod, distant and foogooman:

    As I’ve written earlier, there is NO campaign in the current version, or even the upcoming build 20! There’s only one mission, and it’s available in the unregistered game.

    The campaign is somehting we will be adding throughout the coming year. If you bought a key, you will get the ‘full’ thing eventually, but obviously not until it’s done.

    You can set up pretty elaborate scenarios with the scene editor, but there’s no triggers etc to place yet. We’re working on that too. This is all still a work in progress!

  129. whitty - # December 22nd, 2007 at 8:31 pm

    so data when is the next build?

  130. Foogooman - # December 22nd, 2007 at 8:43 pm

    Aren’t you working on a more polished build 19 though?

  131. DJFrank - # December 23rd, 2007 at 5:19 am

    I really don’t know why everyone is complaining about the price. I paid $50 in my currency for this game, and it’s not even complete yet! I did get the premium extra support version though.

    Great job Data, keep up the good work!

  132. Chineseboy14 - # December 23rd, 2007 at 8:02 am

    Build 19 hasn’t been officially released yet, its still pre release. Data, you said the official release would be two weeks ago. where is it? I don’t like sound looping!

  133. Hellfire999 - # December 23rd, 2007 at 9:44 am

    Yeah I can understand if it’s like 3 days late but two weeks?

  134. RedFlameZero - # December 23rd, 2007 at 10:38 am

    Calm down, its allmost Christmas give the man a break!

  135. MrGreed - # December 23rd, 2007 at 12:27 pm

    Yeah, stop spamming “Come on!! I want next bild NAOW!”, give him a break!

  136. Orindell - # December 23rd, 2007 at 12:28 pm

    Yeh, Listen to red flame. Data will release by Christmas so that loads of people down load it and buy it as chritmas pressis. Cause if he didnt he would REALLY stupid for missing out on a massive cash break.

  137. desu - # December 23rd, 2007 at 12:31 pm

    gah, give the man a break…
    hes the reason your not outside interacting with dynamic AI people

    let him take his sweet ass time, if you dont like it, go to 4chan

  138. Hellfire999 - # December 23rd, 2007 at 12:37 pm

    “Yeh, Listen to red flame. Data will release by Christmas so that loads of people down load it and buy it as chritmas pressis. Cause if he didnt he would REALLY stupid for missing out on a massive cash break.”
    Oh well two more days than.

  139. Anon - # December 23rd, 2007 at 3:14 pm

    Rules one and two. Don’t be that guy.


  140. Chineseboy14 - # December 23rd, 2007 at 5:03 pm

    I would give him a break if he said the official release would be out two weeks ago, which he said.

  141. RedFlameZero - # December 23rd, 2007 at 6:45 pm

    Well hes probably been busy like the rest of us with … ya know … Life?

  142. rz. - # December 23rd, 2007 at 8:47 pm

    being busy with a “life” (game developers don’t have lives) is only an excuse if your game is freeware.

  143. RedFlameZero - # December 23rd, 2007 at 8:55 pm

    The man is married … that also works in his favor, she probably doesnt want him workin 24/7 on his game even if hes getting money from it and besides this close holidays hes probably spending time with his family and buying stuff last minute since he WAS working on said game.

  144. p3lb0x - # December 24th, 2007 at 10:43 am

    Please fix the MOSRotating disappearing bug

  145. TFSR - # December 24th, 2007 at 2:40 pm

    Merry Christmas Data.
    Enjoy your holiday, and take a break from coding for a while. I’d rather not have the B15 thing happen to B19.

  146. Prod - # December 24th, 2007 at 4:39 pm

    B15 was rather screwy. Data, you delay this as much as you want, as much as you need, I’m not dying yet of boredom, even though I still haven’t registered yet. Maybe I have, but my parents won’t tell me till later….

  147. XDevil - # December 24th, 2007 at 5:34 pm

    Merry Christmas U ALL ;) ;) ;)

  148. Seleia - # December 24th, 2007 at 9:35 pm

    Happy holidays, Data.

  149. the adviser - # December 24th, 2007 at 11:21 pm

    it’s pathetic to expect anything from data right now i mean they must be seriously devoted to this game to work on it so close to the holidays. so if you think they are lazy bastards for not giving you hourly updates and daily test builds then you have absolutely no life in the real world, cyber world, or any world at all.

    anyway happy holidays data and hope you have a nice Christmas with your wife.

    now to enter some more random numbers into the registration box. hmmmm 124gb23k5… no, 32b6ohds… no, 39423yd… no.

  150. zacness - # December 25th, 2007 at 4:34 am

    “Adviser”, you could do with some advice yourself, like when/where to use commas.

  151. FireBlizzard/DragonHero - # December 25th, 2007 at 6:33 am

    Happy Holidays everyone :)

    Data dont rush the build… rushing will screw up the game and make people complain just as much so take all the time you need :)


  152. XDevil - # December 25th, 2007 at 9:40 am

    d46d48bg… no, 64dsf648sdf.. no, asdf65s6d4f… no,…
    argh ;)
    data… i have a quest 4 U!…
    my parents… (XD) … they wont buy me cc… (i´m sorry about the bad english ;) )… they are thinging… here is NO companys…

    huh… can u help me…
    they are thinging datarealms ot something else is not [SAFE].. HELP ME PLS X_x ^^ ;)

  153. somebody... - # December 25th, 2007 at 10:41 am

    (and if you dont celebrate cristmas, then, f*ck you)

  154. TheKnife - # December 25th, 2007 at 11:49 am

    Anon: I suggest you reread rules 1 & 2 as they do not mention 4chan as a whole.

  155. Hiro - # December 25th, 2007 at 12:34 pm

    Lol that’s karma.
    XDevil spams the devlog with random crap, and he ends up not being able to get CC.

    Man I love Karma. Merry Christmas.

  156. XDevil - # December 25th, 2007 at 1:01 pm

    Oh Yeah… shhh
    PLS :) don´t cry hiro (btich -_-’)…

  157. XDevil - # December 25th, 2007 at 2:58 pm

    *bitch ;)

  158. Random one - # December 25th, 2007 at 3:19 pm


  159. Hiro - # December 25th, 2007 at 6:44 pm

    Lol sorry lil buddy but I’m not crying. I’m laughing at your situation of not being able to buy a game.

  160. XDevil - # December 26th, 2007 at 11:56 am

    hiro shut up -_-… u can fuc*ing my **cking dig in a fu**ing ***k *** ***** **** ******… -____-

  161. Anonymous - # December 27th, 2007 at 3:14 pm

    You guys seriously need to calm down.
    The way I examine the current situation is like this:

    Cortex Command B18 – The free build
    Cortex Command B19 and above – Retail

    It’s similar in a way compared to Garry’s Mod, except you couldn’t play Gmod 10 free of charge or even with a time limit.

    Therefore if you can’t afford money for the retail, stick with B18 until you get a job and actually afford to buy the game.

    I, for one, haven’t bought the retail yet, but soon I will.

  162. -E-S- - # December 28th, 2007 at 8:06 pm

    mac port?

  163. Skry - # December 28th, 2007 at 9:12 pm

    I may be the only one here with this opinion, but the reason I’m not paying for the game is in protest to the web “activation”.

    Those of you who think he should focus on writing anti-crack code are morons, since every 20 minutes spent on convoluting the file to prevent hacks could be more efficiently spent on making the game more *fun* and *finished*. Nothing is uncrackable, even signed security certificates and web servers. TextMate uses an RSA certificate to validate serial numbers. In order to do this, it has to store the certificate inside itself. The crack simply changes this certificate to something the cracker wants or to just skip the check.

    The most secure you will make something without TPM (which is very controversial) would require a key fob to be in the USB slot. This is the technique that apps such as XSI, Lightwave and Cubase use this technique and guess what? They’re all cracked. Bioshock used web activation, which once that came out the amount of people enthused dropped since they would be required to deal with a glitchy license counter.

    Serial numbers are pretty much the best you can hope for. You can use an RSA signing technique to keep keygens out, so cracks will only work for one version. New versions will still be cracked pretty quick, but “honest thieves” will be thwarted which is the same “success” that web activation is vying for. Except it doesn’t require an internet connection, or a stable server, and it will work in 50 years when someone pulls the game off a CD and the general interest in CC is long gone.

    In short: DRM only punishes those who go legit, pirates will crack it out and enjoy their non-big brother, no-cd copies of games.

    That said, Data & Community probably still believe that key fobs and web spyware stop the pirates :/

  164. Omicron - # December 30th, 2007 at 8:12 pm

    Will there be more cracking “contests”? :D

  165. Data - # December 30th, 2007 at 8:36 pm

    Omicron: yeah probably!

  166. XDevil - # December 31st, 2007 at 6:45 pm

    happy new year!^^ ;)


    NOW IS 2008!!! ARGH! :D

  167. rebirth12345 - # December 31st, 2007 at 10:41 pm


  168. Caffeine Dust - # February 4th, 2008 at 8:14 pm


  169. - # February 4th, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    Nice game, DaTa, too bad it got cracked so quickly.

  170. wartech0 - # March 18th, 2008 at 2:04 am

    I guess you know you have a good game when people wanna crack it. I would rather go the freeware approach on games though. Of course I still need to make my game.

  171. Ravager - # March 18th, 2008 at 3:14 pm

    THANK YOU CAFFEINE DUST !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  172. Neckername - # April 5th, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    Two great game engines, Cube Engine and Blender 3D game engine. Of course Cube engine is easier. Search them on google. If you want quality and are highly experienced, blender 3D is for u. Blender is an open-source free application. (note: if your ATI card won’t run blender, get the OpenGL file in the latest ATI driver or any driver and copy and paste it into the blender directory in C:\Program Files\blender)

  173. Alpha - # May 11th, 2008 at 5:46 am