Warez d00dz are best used and abused. Without them we would have trouble finding antiquated abandonware and obscure modern software titles, and even Kazaa needs it’s sources — most of which are on IRC. Their egos rest on how much illegal software they’ve accumulated and shared for all to see, so download a few files and keep the heads big, but — heaven forbid — don’t become one!
Hang out in the related chatrooms but are not the same:
virus d00dz – Like hackers, but they write virii. Use names such as “D00M666”.
drug d00dz – Functionally the same as a virus d00d, but lacks the technical skillz (i.e. programming). Writes in alternating caps or 1337 speak. Grows mushrooms in his desk drawers and deals hard to find substances like peyote. Use names such as “ShRoOmZ”.
script kiddies – The AOL equivalent of the hacker community. Use names such as “linux”.
1337 H4ck3rZ- jeff k – A typing dialect of the script kiddie community. Numbers are usually substituted for letters. Use names such as “Cyph0rk”.
<ShRoOmZ> l0g1n t3h s4m3???
<D00M666> nice Ill put it up on the mirror server
<linux> can u dcc 2 me plz
<D00M666> shut up fag
<Cyph0rk> j00 d00dz h4v3 n3 n3// w4r3z? 3y3 m34n b51d3s t3h 0fac3.
<D00M666> WeRe IgNoRiNg YoU
Warez d00dz get illegal copies of copyrighted software. If it has copy protection on it, they break the protection so the software can be copied. Then they distribute it around the world via several gateways. Warez d00dz form badass group names like RAZOR and the like. They put up boards that distribute the latest ware, or pirate program. The whole point of the Warez sub-culture is to get the pirate program released and distributed before any other group. I know, I know. But don’t ask, and it won’t hurt as much. This is how they prove their poweress sic. It gives them the right to say, “I released King’s Quest IVXIX before you so obviously my testicles are larger.” Again don’t ask…
The studly thing to do if one is a warez d00d, it appears, is emit `0-day warez’, that is copies of commercial software copied and cracked on the same day as its retail release. Warez d00ds also hoard software in a big way, collecting untold megabytes of arcade-style games, pornographic JPGs, and applications they’ll never use onto their hard disks. As Ozone Pilot acutely observes:
BELONG is the only word you will need to know. Warez d00dz want to belong. They have been shunned by everyone, and thus turn to cyberspace for acceptance. That is why they always start groups like TGW, FLT, USA and the like. Structure makes them happy. … Warez d00dz will never have a handle like “Pink Daisy” because warez d00dz are insecure. Only someone who is very secure with a good dose of self-esteem can stand up to the cries of fag and girlie-man. More likely you will find warez d00dz with handles like: Doctor Death, Deranged Lunatic, Hellraiser, Mad Prince, Dreamdevil, The Unknown, Renegade Chemist, Terminator, and Twin Turbo. They like to sound badass when they can hide behind their terminals. More likely, if you were given a sample of 100 people, the person whose handle is Hellraiser is the last person you’d associate with the name.
The contrast with Internet hackers is stark and instructive.