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ROSS’S GAME DUNGEON: TRACKMANIA² CANYON

Here is the latest Game Dungeon! I thought this was going to be a shorter episode, but I ended up having multiple discoveries that made it balloon into what you’ll see here. This is easily the most pro-desert video I’ve done or likely will do. Contains a bonus scandal!

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46 minutes ago, Ross Scott said:

 

I forget the title, but it's from the Trackmania Valley soundtrack.  I generally don't list music credits if they come directly from the game I'm covering (it would take forever for some episodes).

Just knowing it's from the Valley soundtrack let me find it right away, thanks Ross.

 

To anyone else curious, the track was Vast Veridian by Professor Kliq:

 

 

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Okay so if anyone can upload their *.Profile.Gbx from UserData\Config we should be able to play all the games Offline forever? I hope it's not just a fluke. But I can play Valley with Mania Planet 3. Ideally you should have a Steam account, which owns all the TrackMania 2 games, but individual accounts are also fine, I hope. It would be nice to have like one big "master key" though.

 

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Hopefully that means that we can simply bypass the copy protection, by just using that one file from one legit account.

 

I'm missing a whole bunch of games, so, I can't really provide my own file, unless you are fine with just playing Valley only.

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If anyone has an account, with all the games, and if they want to give the bypass a shot, in order to keep the games playable in the future, here's what you can probably do.

 

1. Download Mania Planet 3

https://forum.maniaplanet.com/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=41242

 

2. Login into a Steam account, with all the TrackMania games.

You might need to sign up in game, Mania Planet 3 and 4 require separate accounts I think.

 

Tip

You should probably anonymize the account, make the region global, change the flag to a global flag, or something generic (don't use a custom avatar, use one of the default flags, if you are feeling patriotic, I'm fine with the USA, otherwise, go for something generic), make the name something generic (use TrackMania ideally), remove all friends, etc. As some of the data is stored in the file we need.

 

3. Launch every game at least once, play a race. (it saves some data to your profile, from the servers themselves)

4. Close the game.

5. Navigate to <Path-to-Game>\UserData\Config

5. Upload the *.Profile.Gbx file

 

Probably useless, but if you want to, here are some IPs for the host files if they ever need to be disabled.

 

127.0.0.1 stations.maniaplanet.com

127.0.0.1 game.maniaplanet.com
127.0.0.1 mp01.maniaplanet.com
127.0.0.1 mp02.maniaplanet.com
127.0.0.1 mp03.maniaplanet.com
127.0.0.1 mp04.maniaplanet.com
127.0.0.1 mp05.maniaplanet.com

 

Someone needs to test if this is future proof, because if the bypass can simply be broken later on, then this was kinda useless.

 

This should be done before the authentication servers kill themselves. It would probably avoid the pain of having to be stuck with a game which no one wants to really crack anyway. If this bypass works forever, that's some extra work and pain we can avoid in the future hopefully.

 

Here's some minor proof that the bypass works for me. With my own profile.

 

This is a fresh copy of the game from the Mania Planet archive, I extracted the Profile file and it allowed me to launch Valley.

Please test this and see if it works for yourself, if you own the games. Make sure to unplug your internet cable also.

 

Ideally this should be tested on a fresh Windows installation also, just to be safe. But I think the proof of concept is there.

 

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There were two things in this video that really touched base with me.

 

OMF 2097 & Wacky Wheels.

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The whole """hidden""" post-apocalyptic feel that Ross describes really reminds me of a game called "The Talos Principle (2014, rated 95% on steam)" (which is also a really good game currently on sale for US$8). The graphics are also vaguely similar in the sort of fidelity and theme. Can't say much without spoiling the story but it's portal-esque.

 

Also on the thought of self-driving cars, the process you described could be described like a GAN neural network, where you pit two AI in a pit and have them "fight" - one to drive the cars and another to make the tracks. Each "trying" to optimize a different goal.

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While not graphics. The GTA series has recently had older games patched to remove music because Rockstar's music liscences expired. This is a clear case where the newer version is worse. Interesting because the console versions can't have the music patched out. I wonder how this works legally.

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51 minutes ago, Welfarewalrus said:

While not graphics. The GTA series has recently had older games patched to remove music because Rockstar's music liscences expired. This is a clear case where the newer version is worse. Interesting because the console versions can't have the music patched out. I wonder how this works legally.

There have also been TV shows that had to have music removed due to licence issues.

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Ross, you missed detail with your post-apocalypse theory: The robots capable of building the racetracks wouldn't have any trouble cleaning away anything that doesn't fit with the the plans of the track designer. Any mess left by humans (including dead bodies) is easily cleaned up because the mess isn't part of the plans.

 

Farm animals could die off with no humans managing breeding. Or get carted off to a slaughterhouse by farm robots. Or they are another thing that doesn't fit the plan and must be removed.

 

Birds remain because they aren't contained by fences, thus they keep coming back when the robots trying to remove them leave.

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1 hour ago, Bilateralrope said:

Ross, you missed detail with your post-apocalypse theory: The robots capable of building the racetracks wouldn't have any trouble cleaning away anything that doesn't fit with the the plans of the track designer. Any mess left by humans (including dead bodies) is easily cleaned up because the mess isn't part of the plans.

 

Farm animals could die off with no humans managing breeding. Or get carted off to a slaughterhouse by farm robots. Or they are another thing that doesn't fit the plan and must be removed.

 

Birds remain because they aren't contained by fences, thus they keep coming back when the robots trying to remove them leave.

That's just grim man. If Nadeo gets any ideas, they might turn TrackMania into a horror game. 👌

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Well it's either that, or we are looking at some world that has been terraformed and the robots got a bit bored waiting for humans to move in.

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How does Ross drive in reverse in the video? I can't do it in the game. There's no keybinding for it either. 

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1 hour ago, PsychoFox said:

How does Ross drive in reverse in the video? I can't do it in the game. There's no keybinding for it either. 

You can't hold the S key? Or the Arrow Key Down? He's probably using a controller, so like, L2 to reverse I think.

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Dammit, why can't I edit my old posts? It's so frustrating.

 

Anyway, those IPs you had to block? Uhh, it's to stop the authentication server, from updating your profile, and to stop the game from invalidating your activation. If you block them, the server fails to connect, and it should allow you to keep on playing forever, but you can't use the bypassed profiles to play online, you would need a valid account for that.

 

I don't think TrackMania 2 was ever truly cracked, I think this is how the bypass worked for other versions of TrackMania 2.

 

You can also turn off the auto connect here.

Options, Profile, Advanced - Auto Connect At Start

 

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If you want the .gbx file itself to look nicer, just to make things look neater, you can always change your Windows user name to trackmania (the name gets saved in lower cases).

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Personally I think this is a Dr. Stone kind of apocalypse, where some covert group (In this case probably an AI) fired a  global petrification beam that targeted all life except for birds (and maybe invertibrates -trees could not keep on living without them -  and reptiles) and the statues eventually crumbled into dust.

Also the drivers we see in stadium are not people but just place holder androids.

The red to blue barrier shift is probably just because of the research that shows that blue makes people want to play for longer and ubisoft is all about the microtransactions :).

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On 9/1/2019 at 2:30 PM, Ross Scott said:

I can look into it, this episode was 5GB, it will probably look better once Youtube processes more.  I need to do an archive re-encoding anyway, I noticed a tiny error I made I wanted to fix (I saw it yesterday, but that would have delayed release several hours and I really wanted this one out for August).

I'd be fine with a 10GB version like the the crew episode. I always watch that version now because it looks so clean.

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4 hours ago, RaTcHeT302 said:

You can't hold the S key? Or the Arrow Key Down? He's probably using a controller, so like, L2 to reverse I think.

Nope. It doesn't do anything. There's actually no reverse option under key bindings either. Can't turn down the music either. No sliders. I am using the dx9 api version but so does Ross. I really don't know.

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15 minutes ago, PsychoFox said:

Nope. It doesn't do anything. There's actually no reverse option under key bindings either. Can't turn down the music either. No sliders. I am using the dx9 api version but so does Ross. I really don't know.

I'm using the Mania Planet 3.0 version, so I don't know.

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Driving off course, all the way through the endless desert, and eventually piercing the veil to fall into an endless abyss to burn as a supernova is a one-of-a-kind spiritual experience that only TrackMania can offer:

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At one point you get so close to the clouds and the environment around you is so empty of objects that you get the odd sensation that you are driving vertically upwards rather than towards the horizon. And i wasn't even high.

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I worked in New Mexico for a while and the old version is definitely more accurate.

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