What is the scene?
The scene aka the warez scene is the pretty unknown worldwide network where people trade pirated goods, like dvd's, movies, games, applications etc.
Warez refers primarily to copyrighted material traded in violation of its copyright license. It does not refer to commercial for-profit software counterfeiting. First, warez is released by releasegroups, groups which are specialized in publishing warez. They copy a dvd or break the security of game, and will make it available for other people, as a so-called release. When these releasegroups finish a release it will be uploaded to sites. These sites are very fast private ftp-servers, and the first stadium in the distribution of a release. Eventually, at the end of the distribution, the releases are available for everyone on p2p-software.
The speed of this worldwide network is enormous. Within minutes a release can be copied to hundreds of other sites. Within an hour, it's available on thousands of sites and fxp boards. Within a day or two it's available on newsgroups, irc and in the end, on p2p-software.
Luckily, there are publicly accessible HTTP sites that index latest scene releases, Nuke information as well as .NFOs. We have presented several such sites we have used below. If you know others, feel free to drop in a comment.
Dupecheck Project - Probably the best and the most frequently updated. Obtains info from multiple pre bots. Does not have .NFO information.
NFOrce - Another decent indexer. Updates sometimes slow. Clean interface.
VCD Quality - Exclusive movie release index site. Includes sample screens, .NFO and IMDB links for almost every release.
xREL - Contains .NFOs and has a ratings system. Frequent updates.
ORLY PreDB - Another excellent scene release index site. Currently down due to a DDOS attack.
PAJRAT - Update speeds somewhat similar to that of NFOrce. Automatically generates links to search for the release on popular bittorrent sites and other potential download locations.
NfoDB - Another indexing site. Update intervals are long.
Logic-Sunrise - Console and PC game releases indexing site.
Games, DVDs, Films, PC games, playstation and Xbox and other console games, XXX .
As you may notice, some of these sites do not carry a download link to indexed scene releases. But once you know that the release is out there, just search for it on your favorite bit torrent tracker (or E2DK server, FTP site, Newsgroup or whatever) :p
Thanks for: filenetworks