Wayne Beckett appears to be the man in charge of all things pirate-related at Fire. In a recent e-mail from the man himself, Beckett explains just how his PS2 products are made using the same illegal "Chinese copy" method that was used to join Ubi Soft's product with Sega's (and Sony's):
"The PS2 protection...is contained within the lead in area of a disc," says Beckett. "Therefore the Hong Kong company that produces our current masters came up with a rather ingenious solution. What they do is take an original (Crazy Taxi) disc. They somehow first take a copy, like a
photographic contact print of the CD. I guess they remove the polymer layer and take an image from the aluminium layer."
^ When you take the paint off Mad Catz's GameShark disc using metal polish, it is easy to see the same pirate copy of Crazy Taxi lurking in the inner area, and the place where the two titles join.
He goes on: "Secondly they take a normal master of our software and merge the two. Basically using the TOC (table of contents) of an original disc, but the data area of our own disc. You get an area where there are errors of course but that is no problem as there is no valid data in that area. The lazer simply seeks past the area with errors."