Hardware Killing Piracy Prevention

Many of you no doubt make legal backups of your games, but there are those among us who believe that in order to fight rising game prices they must "borrow" them.  This piracy has caused game manufacturers to use different methods to protect their software.  One such protection is called Starforce.  However, Starforce has caused tonnes of problems and it to be avoided like the plague.  It has actually killed hardware that cannot be recovered even if the game is removed and your find and use a Starforce driver removal tool.  It's bad, bad, and bad.  Take a look over here for more info.  For a quick list of games to avoid that use Starforce click the "Read More" link.  Thanks to Nicao for the heads up.

"Reports about destroyed CD ROM devices, unstable or slower-running Windows systems after installing a video game (even after it was removed!), and corrupted drivers as a possible result of Starforce, have made many computer gamers wary of this copy protection technology. There are also many reports from customers that say that Starforce-protected games refuse to work at all with various DVD/CD drives and notebooks."

Game Publisher/Developer
7 Sins Atari
Anstoss 4 (German) Ascaron Entertainment
Area 51 Midway
Bandits: Phoenix Rising Tri Synergy (US) / Pan Vision (EU)
Bet on Soldier Nadeo
Beyond Divinity Hip Games / Larian (dev.)
Black Mirror The Adventure Company
Blitzkrieg: Rolling Thunder CDV
Blitzkrieg 2 CDV
Breed CDV
Broken Sword 3: The Sleeping Dragon (only US version) The Adventure Company
Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood Ubisoft
Cycling Manager 3 GMX Media
Cycling Manager 4 Digital Jesters
Chaos League (demo and release) Strategy First
Chaos League: Sudden Death (demo and release) Strategy First
Codename: Outbreak Virgin Interactive
Codename: Panzers - Phase One CDV
Codename: Panzers - Phase Two CDV
Cold War (demo and release) Dreamcatcher Interactive
Colin McRae Rally 2005 Codemasters
Cossacks II: Napoleonic Wars CDV / GSC (dev.)
Cross Racing Championship 2005 Graphsim (US) / Project Three (EU)
Curse: The Eye of Isis The Adventure Company
Cycling Manager 3 Digital Jesters (?)
D-Day (release and demo) Monte Cristo
Dead to Rights Hip Games
Demonic Speedway (release and possibly demo) Cenega (forum inactive)
Desert Rats vs Afrika Korps Encore Software
Domination Dreamcatcher Interactive
Emergency Fire Response Dreamcatcher Interactive
Enigma: Rising Tide Tesseraction Games
Etherlords II Strategy First
Fire Chief Strategy First
Fire Department Monte Cristo
Freedom Force vs. The Third Reich Irrational Games (US) / VU Games (EU)
Gangland Whiptail Interactive
Garfield Hip Games
Gooka: The Mystery of Janatris Cenega (forum inactive)
GT Legends (demo and release) 10tacle
Horse Race Manager Cyanide Studio
Icewind Dale: Heart of Winter (some releases only) Interplay
Kicker Manager 2004 Deep Silver
Kill Switch Hip Games
Korea: Forgotten Conflict Cenega (forum inactive)
LMA Professional Manager 2005 Codemasters
Lock On: Modern Air Combat (Gold version) Ubisoft
Medieval Lords (demo and release) Digital Jesters / Monte Cristo (dev.)
Namco Museum 50th Anniversary Namco
Obscure (both CD and DVD version) Dreamcatcher (US) / Microids (EU)
Pferdehof - Pferd und Pony dtp Entertainment
Pax Romana Dreamcatcher Interactive
Peter Jackson's King Kong (demo and release) Ubisoft
Pariah Groove Games
Pop Star Academy Monte Cristo
Postal 2: Apocalypse Weekend Running With Scissors
Prince of Persia Sands of Time Ubisoft
Pro Rugby Manager Digital Jesters
Pure Pinball (German version only) Koch Media
Rally Championship Xtreme Warthog Entertainment
Restaurant Empire Enlight
Restricted Area Whiptail Interactive
Revolution Activision Value
Runaway A Road Adventure Tri Synergy
Scrapland Enlight
Second Sight (German version) Codemasters
Silent Hunter 3 Ubisoft
Silent Storm Encore Software
Silkolene Honda Motocross GP Midas Interactive
Singles: Flirt Up Your Life Eidos (US) / Deep Silver (EU)
Singles 2: Triple Trouble (EU version at least) Koch Media / Deep Silver
Sniper Elite / Sniper Elite: Berlin 1945 Namco (US) / Wanadoo (EU)
Soldiers Heroes of World War 2 (demo and release) Codemasters
Splinter Cell 3: Chaos Theory Ubisoft
Space Rangers 2 Elemental Games
Sommerspiele 2004 dtp Entertainment
Steel Saviour SR-71
Still Life (demo and release) The Adventure Company
Street Racing Syndicate Namco
SuperPower 2 Dreamcatcher Interactive
Syberia II (only some releases) The Adventure Company
The Fall: Last Days of Gaia (German version) Deep Silver / Koch Media
The Moment of Silence The Adventure Company
The Suffering: Ties That Bind Midway
The Westerner (Wanted: A Wild Western Adventure) The Adventure Company
TOCA 2 (Race Driver 2, DTM Race Driver 2) Codemasters
Trackmania Nadeo
Trackmania Sunrise Nadeo
Traitors Gate 2: Cypher The Adventure Company
UFO: Aftershock Cenega (forum inactive)
V8 Supercars 2 Codemasters
Virtual Skipper 3 (demo and release) Enlight
Wildlife Park Encore Software
World War II: Frontline Command Strategy First
Worms 4: Mayhem Codemasters
XIII Ubisoft
X2: The Threat (only European versions) Deep Silver
X3: Reunion (only European versions) Deep Silver
Xpand Rally Micro Application
Xuan-Yuan Sword 4 SoftStar Entertainment