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Long ago, I bought a copy of MW2. As I run it, it requests me to make a Steam account and assign the game to it — otherwise, it doesn't let me do anything at all. Not even single player. :(

On Google, I searched for "MW2 no Steam". Google came up with 2 things: Some illegal "no Steam" crack and "AlterIW".

I'm almost sure that applying that crack is illegal, but what about playing through AlterIW?

Here is AlterIW.net.

I read some article about it, and what it said was: "AlterIW net is an alternative to steam which also has much servers..."

What do you think about it? Legal/illegal?

What makes things even more complicated is that I'm playing this on a Mac - with Wine.

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We take quality to heart and always edit posts to improve them. We're helping your question get answers! –  badp Jun 8 '11 at 20:18
    
Note that this is a strategy on part of the game producers to prevent resale or loaning of the same copy of a game to multiple people. Every person who plays the game must have their own key that came with the CD for playing it. If you took or bought your game off of someone else, you are not supposed to be allowed to play it - which is why they require Steam and the key that game with the CD. –  Alain Apr 20 '12 at 13:42
    
For any one reading this post now, i believe Alteriw has been shutdown by Activision and as such is no longer an option. –  TrewTzu Jul 20 '12 at 3:45
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This is what the lead developer has to say on the subject:

None of the basic game files are modified, most of them are replaced with custom versions or specific versions shipped by IW in patches. Also, reverse-engineering claims are invalid in Europe to my knowledge, which is where I am located.

I'm afraid replacing files does counts as modifying, and thus breaks the EULA you agreed to when you ran the installer. Then again I cannot be sure, because I couldn't locate a copy of the EULA anywhere online.

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interesting... So what should i do now? Steam or not to Steam - this is the question. I personlay HATE Steam because it takes MY games away and doesen't let me play them without it :( –  DailyDoggy Jun 8 '11 at 20:48
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@DailyDoggy: You can play games you bought on Steam offline...you can even play them without Steam. That depends on the game, not Steam as far as I know. –  Bobby Jun 8 '11 at 21:04
    
I didnt buy it ony steam. I't the cd itself wich requires me to install it. –  DailyDoggy Jun 9 '11 at 16:27
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EULAs - especially if you read them after un-sealing the package - are usually invalid. At least in Germany. –  ThiefMaster Oct 3 '11 at 16:43
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Since you said that you bought this game, and it's the CD itself. you should be able to play the game. Just go create a Steam account (it's free), then from Steam, you can add a game to your Steam library. Select MW2 and add it to your library. I believe it will ask for your CD key if you want to play online.

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I'm almost certain that's not how it works. –  kotekzot Apr 20 '12 at 13:23
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Actually, that's exactly how a user is supposed to do it. Steam account is free, and you register add the game to steam using the key provided in the CD. It doesn't answer the question though because the user appears to have some personal reasons to want to avoid steam in particular. A good general approach in this case is - don't buy PC games that require steam. –  Alain Apr 20 '12 at 13:39
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