This old version of TrackMania includes StarForce copy protection and we do not offer it for download anymore. If for some historical reason you do want this version, please contact us.
First a word of warning: Next quote is from Wikipedia:TrackMania uses a controversial copy protection / anti-reverse engineering system called StarForce, which silently installs with all TrackMania games including the free TrackMania Nations. Problems including CD-ROM drive slowness and computer crashes have been linked to StarForce. Also, Starforce is incompatible with Windows XP 64, rendering the game unplayable even with 32bit emulation enabled.
A massive freeware game from 2006, boasting more than just impressive graphics and still very simple and fun gameplay. Arcade-like car physics (i.e. no complete loss of control after every single mistake), easy controls, and a great number of Beginner tracks make beginning and learning this game very fast and straightforward. However, despite the seemingly easy beginnings, the great number of ready-made tracks of differing difficulty levels and the built-in (and again, pretty easy to use) track editor make the game a long-lasting source of entertainment. Players are also able to paint their cars very freely, giving space to one's imagination and creativity.
The game is ultimately meant to be played online using the numerous servers available, but it's also possible to play two alternative game modes, the single player practice mode and the highly entertaining multiplayer 'hot seat' mode, in which the players take turns to try beat the others' times and therefore claim the victory to the track at hand.
All in all, a very good if massive (in download size) car-racing game and worth a try for everyone having at least a small 'thing' for racing.
Master_X : Here's what I experienced. Have it, played it, loved it, finished beginner training with nadeo score. (green gold medal's on all tracks)
Maz : Does anyone know if we have TMN client for linux done? I know there's gameserver which can be ran on linux, but I have never heard of actual game client that is runnable on Linux. And Wine cannot play this game - thanks to starforce protection I know there's a bugreport about the starforce support on Wine tracker, but it seems that wine developers are not that enthusiastic in correcting that (propably because fix might not be so easy, and because they cannot add support to all copy protection mechanisms out there.) Well, bug correction is targeted to wine 1.2.0, but I assume it may be postponed...
Zyx : Yes Maz, you're probably right that there's some profit involved, but at that price we're talking about low budget games, something Trackmania Nations clearly is not. If development costs are counted, I don't think Nadeo is making profit selling CDs.
Nadeo can do what ever they wish with Trackmania. They can offer it for download for free, but give others right to redistribute it on net, let Koch Media sell it on CD in Germany... that's the their copyright.
eMTe, you're right that it might be a bit unfair to sell people stuff they could get on the net for free. Koch Media thinks that they can make some money selling those CDs, probably in addition to Amazon, Trackmania Nations is available at some supermarkets, but I doubt its available on any speciality stores as there people know better. I guess this depends on how you want to look at it, a service for people who don't want to download or a small scam to get people pay for something they could get for free if they knew.
But there's nothing illegal going on here. We have a right to distribute it, Koch Media has a right to distribute it for a fee, Nadeo gets exposure and people buy Trackmania United...
Maz : Actually, selling freeware is not necessarily illegal. It depends on the original lisence. For example everything published under GPL can be sold, rented, edited, burned and generally freely handled as long as few things are done correctly. For example license must be included as well as source code, and changes must be documented. However track mania is obviously not published under GPL... (i have not personally read the lisense though) Besides i find it ethically questionnable to make profit out of freeware...
eMTe : I know that it may be easier for someone to buy game than download (but cheaper? I doubt it), but it's not the point. If game is available for free from official site making money off it is illegal. If there were official box release in the past with posters and such and someone wants to sell it that's ok, but afaik Trackmania NATIONS always was and remains freeware. So what exactly is being sold? I see box cover what makes me think that there was probably limited (promotional?) edition in the past... But afaik TM Nations was freeware and downloadable from the beginning.
Since this Koch Media company looks quite big I think they just bought the license... What's the point of selling license and making game downloadable at the same time I dont quite understand.
Maz : Heck zyxxer. Tell me its 10 eur + shipping, and i say it is about making profit... Some chinese boxes, and cheap cds... With 10 eur you prepare 10 games at least. If the volumes are decent, that makes nice amount of money... Not to mention the seller probably forgot the taxes... (okay, this is just my guessing...)
Zyx : Well, the game is quite huge, so maybe it's easier for someone to buy the CD than download it. It's just 10 euros anyway, which probably covers packaging and the CD. So the price is more about covering costs than making profit.
I dont understand German THAT GOOD - what exactly is being sold if game is free to download in full version? Someone wants to make money off unaware ones?
Zyx : Usul, eventhough it might be sold in a store somewhere, doesn't necessarily mean it's not freeware. Freeware has nothing to do with the fact that the publisher also sells it on a CD or something, that's the vague abandonware criteria. For example, you can buy CDs for many Linux distributions from Amazon too, but they are also available for free download on their own websites.
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