On the multiplayer options i entered my key code and it said that it is valid and i clicked close, then i try to play a game, but it says my key code is invalid and to go to multiplyer options and insert my key code, but i already did.
I've never heard of this. You DID buy it, right? You didn't pirate it? You might need to re-install if you have a legit version.
Talk to the support options of the game's makers, not people on a message board. Common sense.
Course, if you actually owned the game for real, you'd be doing that already, not casting about for an easier solution.
I bought the game legit, I did not pirate it, I'm posting here because maybe someone had the smae problem and knows how to fix it..
I have the same problem here - it's not bogus. I bought it from Circuit City 2 nights ago - have the receipt and all that. I carefully looked over the package to make sure it had never been opened. I made sure the jewel case was untampered with. I know I can easily take it back for an exchange but the thing is - It's a 100 mile round trip to the store I bought it from. I just happened to stop there while taking someone to their doctor in the city. The Activision Support center suuuuucks bad. They say try re-entering the code. I've entered the code dozens of times with the same error. I'm all patched up - and I even tried using a different keyboard. The game menu says "Code appears to be valid" then I try to connect and get an "Invalid Key Code" error...everytime. There really ought to be a way to send the code to Activision to see why it's invalid. If there's a key generator out there somewhere that magically picked my key out of thin air (and that's got to be seriously unlikely) then Activision should allow you to prove ownership of the key (by faxing a receipt) and they can send you a new code. I know that when I bought Neverwinter - they had your register your key on their site. Activision offers nothing like that. There's no phone number - and no one answered the nasty email I sent. Anyway - my brother is heading to the city tomorrow, so I'll give him the box and receipt so he can exchange it for another. I know it's trivial really - but when you only have so many hours to game a week - these little setbacks can really put a damper on one's fun.
Sad truth is it was keygened. Someone with a pirated version used a keygen, stumbled on a virgin key and registered it. Sadly it was yours. I never had this problem myself I got mine the day it was released.
I've heard heard of people calling activision and getting a new one by providing some info. Not sure how it's gonna work out or if it does workm just from what I've heard of.
Lerxst, I even exchanged it for another copy and it still happened, so I don't think it'll fix the problem for you either.
The "keycode appears to be valid" message is just telling you the keycode is a valid one for the game. Meaning a random key won't work. This has nothing to do with the key being a virgin or not. If the string of code used to check the keycode can be extracted a keygen can be made in reverse.
I'm not sure if taking ti back will be the answer, many store will not take it back or exchange it after the seal has been broken. This keygen thing has is a known issue for all online fps, I really don't know why there isn't some form of failsafe put in place for it. What do activision care anyway they get paid if you bought the copy and if the store refuses to take it back for a refund, activision still gets their money the store gets theirs.
These games need to get some form of registration process to make it harder to crack keys. Something like you have to enter a serial number on the disc into the website with your name to make your cd-key. After which that CD key is registered to you. Then if it does get cracked, you can call or e-mail with proof or purchase, your name and the serial on the disc, so they can deactivate the one in the records and activate yours. Then have a simple code that bans an IP if they try to register your CD serial. Without proof of purchase they can't get it put in their name and also blocks their pc from trying to re-register with another cd serial.
Ok - I took it back and exchanged it. They gave me no trouble at Circuit City. Same problem. Invalid Key Code again. I forwarded port 28960 both UDP and TCP - I even gave rawsocket access to the executable and set it as completely trusted to no avail. What gives???
I'm at a loss. I'm going to install it o my kid's machine and see if he can get it going.