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Developers On Notice

May 1st, 2008 by Troy Goodfellow · 10 Comments · Industry

There are 26 letters in the alphabet and ten numerals. So can you please stop using Os and zeroes in your registration codes? Or at least make it clear to me which is which? Use a font that puts a strike mark through the zero or makes the letter O really fat.


10 Comments so far ↓

  • Alan Au

    I would be satisfied if they could be bothered to use lowercase ‘o’ to distinguish it from ‘0’. Actually, with this font, maybe uppercase ‘O’ is the way to go. Of course, the slash through the ‘0’ would be just fine, as long as you didn’t get it confused with an ‘8’.

  • Jon Shafer

    That’s a security feature, Troy. ;)


  • Cautiously Pessimistic

    And while you’re at it, lay off the l’s and 1’s and I’s. Sure, there’s a difference in most fonts, but with some of these custom fonts, you might as well play guess-the-character.

    And you kids get off my lawn!

  • Matthew

    Amen, good sir, amen.

  • Michael A.

    Shouldn’t that be “Publishers On Notice”, though. I’m not sure the developers usually have so much impact on security features. ;)

  • Donald R. McClarey

    Bravo! This constantly bugs me, and is one more way, releasing bug-filled games the first, that paying customers are treated shabbily by computer game companies.

  • Scott R. Krol

    We just need to go back to the “Now enter the fourth word, fifth paragraph on page 34 of the manual to continue” scheme.

  • Alan Au

    Oh, well if we’re going to venture into the realm of intentional copy-protection, then you have all sorts of fun things like intentionally unreadable disc sectors and code-wheels.

  • Zer0s

    But Scott, sir, of *what* manual are we speaking about? I see nothing but a pdf!

  • Scott R. Krol

    @Zer0s: Dead trees aren’t quite extinct in the game world. I know of several games that in fact don’t provide the option of a PDF manual. ;)

    But I also like Alan’s idea of bring back the code-wheel! Whee!