Rock, Paper, Shotgun's Alec Meer points out the inherent rub of official no-CD patches to games that are released after the games are long in the tooth, as Blizzard recently offered for Warcraft 3:
I’ve always found it fascinating when games do this after release. It’s an admission that copy protection is just an irritation to legitimate players, and that disc checks are a particularly buffoonish and archaic anti-piracy measure at that. ... And is there really anyone still playing W3 after all these years who didn’t apply an unofficial no-CD crack long ago?
Warcracked III [RockPaperShotgun.com]