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Why bother with stealth? My favourite approach is the Microsoft approach. It pops up, says "I'm cracked, click here", which takes the user to a web page that shows them all the benefits they'll reap if they get a legit version, just type your credit card number in this box and all is forgiven. It's hilariously easy to make your installation legal, which is the point... it's easier than pirating it, AND you get benefits.

Just wanted to add that this is the exact opposite to what some large game companies do. I bought Settlers 7 (an Ubisoft title) and got kicked out of the single-player campaign every time my internet connection blipped. In contrast, had I pirated the game, I would have had a paradoxically better experience. No incentive to buy, whatsoever.

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