In case anyone out there cares, as the topic states, Blizzard has taken action to shut down the one of the largest WoW private servers. The original, lvl-cap-at-60 and grind heavy edition of World of Warcraft has had somewhat of a resurgence of late, as a team based in France has been running the server Nostalrius, a relatively faithful recreation of what some consider "the glory days" of MMO gaming. I know WoW was my first MMO, and clearly it holds a special place for many others too, as the server was serving a population of 10.000-12.000 people every day lately.
Quote from nostalrius.org:
Yesterday, we received a letter of formal notice from US and french lawyers, acting on behalf of Blizzard Entertainment, preparing to stand trial against our hosting company OVH and ourselves in less than a week now. This means the de facto end of Nostalrius under its current form.
As soon as we received this letter, we decided to inform the team and players about the future of Nostalrius, where we have all passionately committed our time and energy as volunteers.
Nostalrius Begins PvP, Nostalrius Begins PvE & Nostalrius TBC and all related servers will be definitively shutdown at 23:00 server time on the 10th of April 2016, if our hosting company keeps the server online for that long. It feels kind of unreal, but we want to continue to serve our players as we did, and the best we can in the remaining time.
Personally, I started playing there in November. I got to see Molten Core, Blackwing Lair and Zul Gurub again, not to mention all the other great dungeons. I found a new respect for the sometimes antiquated game design, managed to get into a fairly okay guild, and relived the pain and joy of having to gather 40 people just to be able to attempt killing some of the harder raid bosses. Yesterday, people were preparing for the release of Ahn'Qiraji. Today they are in the in-game capitals pretty much spamming "Not like this!".
It may be a fool's errand to spend my time building up a character on a private server, but I had fun, and I got what I came for, for the most part. The server was not without it's problems, but mostly delivered a good experience. I will probably never invest as much time in a unofficial project again, but that doesn't negate the fun I've had.
I have no earlier experience with private servers, but to me they live in the same sort of grey area as video game emulation does. Just because Blizzard does not wish to maintain legacy servers does not mean that preserving the game in its original state is devoid of value. In this spirit, Nostalrius claims they will release all source code, including anonymized user data, to the public. Even so, WoW is of course still the intellectual property of Blizzard and running a legacy private server is of questionable legality.
Does this mean Blizzard is going to put even more pressure on other private servers too? Are they, despite what they have stated earlier, considering their own legacy servers? Or is it just lawyers doing their normal lawyery type works?
(Disclaimer: I'm considering this news about gaming, not information on how to pirate games. If this for some reason is infringing on rule 3; please delete it. I just needed to vent abit, they are tearing my digital world down.)
I'm just throwing this out there, but didn't Huey have Hideo's "eyegear" when he was tossed out in the boat, screaming how he's the only one sane there? All he was trying to do was build the best Metal Gear.
And did the Code Talker's foreshadowing about "The Eyes of Miller" ever actually happen? The ending in general feels.. off...
Okay, here goes. Vehicular combat, dudes on cyber motorcycles. It was arena focused, in a dome of sort, and it was segmented. People killed each other, and if when the time ran out the ones who made it had to dash towards the exit at the center while some electric field closed in on the arena. Also I think maybe they were on death row, I'm not sure.
Hah, yes, Tenjou Tenge. This brings me back to the olden days.
For what it's worth, The Devil Is a Part-Timer is a really great show about demons from another dimension who get stuck on our plane and has to work at fake McDonalds to make ends meet while they plot their way to multidimensional dominion.