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Razor 1911 (RZR) is a warez and demo group.

Members raided

In 2001, two members of Razor 1911 were raided as part of international anti-piracy coop Operation Buccaneer, led by the United States Customs Service.

Immediately after the raid, Razor 1911 ceased activity for a short period of time. They released Atari Revival: Warlords 3D on May 1, 2002, 6 months after the bust[1] and continued to release games on a regular basis until June 22, 2004. Razor's response to Operation Buccaneer shows that the busts only affected people alleged to be active members of the group by the FBI. In reality those who were busted had been ex-members for several years. Unlike most groups, Razor 1911 was not directly affected by Operation Fastlink in 2004, as Razor were still releasing games on a regular basis during the following months.

Return

Nocoins

Insert No Coins, a modern day Razor 1911 64kb intro.

On June 22, 2006, Razor 1911 started releasing games again. They have been releasing games fairly consistently ever since, and as of 2010 are among the most prolific groups at cracking new releases.[2][3]

Shane Pitman is no longer involved with the group and has a prominent role on the Neowin.net forums, most notably as part of their moderating and news posting team.[4]

On April 22, 2011, Razor 1911's demo division won the public choice award[5] during the Scene.org Awards ceremony at The Gathering for their 64k intro Insert No Coins coded by Rez with music from Dubmood. However, it was later revealed that the public voting was influenced by massive amounts of automated votes for “Insert No Coins” from fake Scene.org accounts, although Rez denied any involvement.[6]

On March 24, 2012, Razor 1911 wrote in their Rayman Origins NFO that Dycus, one of their members, passed away from cancer.[7]

Notable or recent activity

On July 23, 1996, Razor 1911 released Quake the day after its release.[4][8] It was the first game supplied by The Punisher.[9]

On October 14, 2006, Razor 1911 released Battlefield 2142 to the scene four days before its official release.[10]

In 2007, Razor 1911 was the first group to successfully crack a Windows Vista-only game, Shadowrun, to run on Windows XP.[11] This event proved to support the widely-held belief that Microsoft was trying to release most new games for Vista only in order to boost sales of their operating system. Others made patches for Microsoft's PC game, Halo 2, that Razor 1911 released before.[12]

On November 11, 2007, Razor 1911 cracked and released the European version of Crysis five days before its official store launch date.[13]

On October 6, 2007, Razor1911 cracked and released the European version of FIFA 08 one day before the official release of the game.[citation needed]

On December 7, 2008, Razor 1911 released Grand Theft Auto IV five days after its release. In the process, they managed to crack the $200,000 SecuRom protection. Although a fix included in the 1.0.2.0 patch impaired functionality for players using cracked versions of the game (such as the inability to finish certain storyline missions and disabled in-game computer functions), the group still managed to provide a complete workaround.[citation needed]

On May 28, 2009, Razor 1911 released The Sims 3, two weeks before the official release of the game. Although it did have an error, Razor 1911 released the fix for it.[citation needed]

On November 10, 2009, Razor 1911 was the first to release Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 with a working crack for the PC. Although they had very little experience in cracking Steam games, they made the release playable, but only with a steam account. Hours later, SKiDROW released a non-steam version of the game.[citation needed]

On November 20, 2009, Razor 1911 was the first again to release Left 4 Dead 2.[citation needed]

On January 21, 2010, Razor 1911 released Mass Effect 2, five days before the official release of the game.[citation needed]

On February 8, 2010, Razor 1911 released BioShock 2, one day before the official release of the game.[citation needed]

On February 16, 2010, Razor 1911 released Aliens vs. Predator 3 days before the official release of the game.[citation needed]

On February 23, 2010, Razor 1911 released Napoleon: Total War 3 days before the official EU release of the game, the same day as the American release of the game.[citation needed]

On March 2, 2010, Razor 1911 released Supreme Commander 2, the same day as the official release of the game.[citation needed]

On March 11, 2010, Razor 1911 released Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II – Chaos Rising the day after official release of the game.[citation needed]

On April 27, 2010, Razor 1911 released The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom, claiming to be the first to crack the new DRM by Ubisoft requiring a permanent internet connection.[citation needed]

On July 31, 2010, Razor 1911 released StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty

On September 21, 2010, Razor 1911 released F1 2010 4 days before the official EU release of the game, the same day as the American release of the game.[citation needed]

On November 16, 2010, Razor 1911 released Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 one day before the official release of the game.[citation needed]

On December 6, 2010, Razor 1911 announced that they would host a mirror for WikiLeaks at http://wikileaks.razor1911.com/ .[14]

On June 9, 2011, Razor 1911 released Duke Nukem Forever, a few days before the official release of the game. However, the game had an error by deleting save files after the game was closed. SKiDROW released a fix a few hours later.[citation needed]

On November 1, 2011, Razor 1911 released a bypass for Battlefield 3 allowing users to play the game without being tied to EA's Origin service. In the release they stated the group 'doesn't accept and support the online DRM "Origin" from EA.'[15]

On November 10, 2011, Razor 1911 released The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim the same day it was released in Australia and other parts of the world ahead of the western hemisphere.[citation needed]

See also

References

  1. Atari_Revival_Warlords_3D-Razor1911. NFOHump (2002-05-01). “Enjoy and watch out for more from Razor 1911.”
  2. NFL_Head_Coach-Razor1911. NFOHump (2006-06-22). “Yes, we are back again. We've been watching the game scene for a while and decided to bring back some quality to it. We might not release as often as we did years ago, but we will bring you stuff that others cannot or don't want to release.[...]Hmm lets see...almost no real sceners left. So FUCK U ALL!”
  3. The Game Scene Charts Issue 38 December 2009 Edition. SceneNotice.org (2010-01-20). Razor 1911 is on position 10 for the year 2009.
  4. This article uses material from the Wikipedia article Razor 1911, that was deleted or is being discussed for deletion, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
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  5. Scene.org Awards (2011-04-22).
  6. 10th Annual Scene.org Awards - Public Choice voting (2012-04-17).
  7. Rayman_Origins__RiP_DYCUS-Razor1911. SceneNotice.org (2012-03-24).
  8. Quake-RAZOR. NFOHump (1996-07-23).
  9. The Speed Racer talks about The Punisher's retirement (1997). “First off I remember The Punishers' old glory days when he supplied his first game Quake!”
  10. Battlefield_2142-Razor1911. NFOHump (2006-10-14).
  11. Shadowrun-Razor1911. NFOHump (2007-06-23). “Tired of waiting for Falling Leaf to produce drivers so that you can play Shadowrun in XP? The wait is over, because Razor1911 already has the remedy! Yes, you read right. This game will also function in Windows XP (following the installation procedure below).”
  12. Halo_2_Repack-Razor1911. NFOHump (2007-06-12).
  13. Crysis-Razor1911. NFOHump (2007-11-11).
  14. Razor 1911 Demo - www.razor1911.com (2010-12-06). Retrieved on 6 December 2010. “Because of the recent efforts to close down wikileaks. We have decided to join up in the mass-mirroring of the site. http://wikileaks.razor1911.com/ - For free journalism on a free internet.”
  15. Battlefield_3_Multiplayer_Without_Origin_Internal-Razor1911. Pastebin.com (2011-11-01). Retrieved on 2012-06-14.

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