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Vista games cracked for XP

Hacker groups taunt MS.

Shadowrun and Halo 2 - the first champions of Windows Vista gaming - have already been cracked by warez and hacking groups, with patches enabling both to function on Windows XP flying around the Internet's darker regions at the time of writing.

Both games have been released as Vista exclusives in recent weeks, introducing an Xbox Live-style service to PC gamers.

The news that the games will run on XP won't come as too much surprise to close observers after Falling Leaf Systems boldly claimed in May that it planned to offer compatibility software for both games "within a few months".

At the time, CEO Brian Thomason wrote: "First [Microsoft] claim that it was impossible to implement DirectX 10 compatibility atop Windows XP, and now they also want us to believe that they couldn’t successfully launch two DirectX 9 based titles on XP either. We plan to expose both theories as patently false."

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