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! πŸ™‚

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173 Responses to “Fair Warning”

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

    Happy Holidays everyone πŸ™‚

    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 πŸ™‚


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

    d46d48bg… no, 64dsf648sdf.. no, asdf65s6d4f… no,…
    argh πŸ˜‰
    data… i have a quest 4 U!…
    my parents… (XD) … they wont buy me cc… (iΒ΄m sorry about the bad english πŸ˜‰ )… 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 ^^ πŸ˜‰

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

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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

    Oh Yeah… shhh
    PLS πŸ™‚ donΒ΄t cry hiro (btich -_-‘)…

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

    *bitch πŸ˜‰

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


  9. 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.

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

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

  11. 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.

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

    mac port?

  13. 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 :/

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

    Will there be more cracking “contests”? πŸ˜€

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

    Omicron: yeah probably!

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

    happy new year!^^ πŸ˜‰


    NOW IS 2008!!! ARGH! πŸ˜€

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


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


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

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

  20. 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.

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

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

  22. 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)

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