For quite a while, World of Warcraft has been a pretty easy game to find private servers for, and the private servers have been quite secure and successful. Lately, however, it appears as if Blizzard is trying to crack down on the owners of these private World of Warcraft servers.
In case you’re not completely familiar with what private World of Warcraft servers are, these are servers that aren’t owned by the actual creator of the game, but are instead owned by anyone who wishes to purchase a server from another source and put the game on it for others to play. The original creator does not profit from the server, however, they do still get the game sale, because players will still need the disc to play the game.
Blizzard obviously is going to try and absorb every penny they can get out of the creation of the World of Warcraft, and therefore is going to do everything in their power to eliminate the threat of the private realms out there. If you didn’t already know, there are easily over 200 private World of Warcraft realms active to date, and they are constantly increasing.
What is Blizzard going to do about this? They clearly don’t want to lose money, even though they already have millions of subscribers all paying 15 dollars per month of playing time. So what do they do? They go and attack the only way players will be able to play without having to give their heart-earned money to Blizzard every month.
Most recently, Blizzard has attempted to attack the biggest private servers out there, with several thousand players on them. Blizzard has been sending a DMCA lawfirm, or “Digital millennium copyright act”, and these lawfirms basically enforced that the private realms are immediately shut down. The servers which have already been affected by the DMCA notice are chaoscrusade, toxic-wow, Ani-wow, wowfusion, wowgasm, burningwow, and wowscape. All of these servers were amongst the biggest, and now players are either completely unable to play, or are constantly searching for the next best private realm.
It’s very possible that some of these players decided to go and purchase the retail version, as well as start paying the monthly fee for the game. However, these players might not even be as satisfied as if they were to be playing the private World of Warcraft servers that they were already playing.
Is it wrong for Blizzard to do this? Well, I think it is, however, under copyright law, this is to be expected. What Blizzard has over all of these gamers is practically a monopoly. Once you play World of Warcraft, you’ll do almost anything to play, even if it requires paying the high sums of money Blizzard now asks for the games, and monthly gaming fees.
I hate the fact that Blizzard can’t just allow people that purchase the retail version of the game to have fun and play on private servers, but whatever they need to do to get more money is what will happen. I suggest playing on a very down-low server, or paying for retail, if you must.
Runescape Free Account Scam
Do a search for Runescape and you will most likely find several articles promising a free Runescape account. Usually the article claims to give a free account to the person who leaves the most comments or page views. When you consider that Runescape is the most common topic on gameolosophy then you cans ee the impact these stories have. New articles are published as fast as Triond can delete them. Why are they deleted? These articles are against the TOS of Triond. Not only are they against the TOS they are almost always a scam. Let’s look at them.
Are they a scam? Have you ever wondered how the authors of these articles can give away so many free Runescape accounts? Most of the time they give away nothing. They promise to contact the winner by email so no winner is ever announced on the article. If they announced a winner then people would stop visiting and commenting and their revenue would end. You see they earn money for your clicks on their Runescape article and comments help them rank higher on Google’s search engine. To announce a winner brings that to a halt. Think how many of them have announced a winner of a Runescape account.
Let’s say they actually do give away an account. I am sure some do because otherwise word might slowly get around. Where does this account come from? Maybe they leveled it up their selves. It is possible. Runescape becomes a slow grind at higher levels and skills but it is possible. But how do the level up four or five accounts at a time, over and over? Impossible, but it is possible to hack and steal those Runescape accounts. That is really sad when so many of the comments claim to have had their account stolen. If the account did belong to the person giving it away, what is to stop them from reporting it stolen and claiming it back. These people are scammers and cannot be trusted.
Plus as I mentioned Runescape giveaways are against the TOS of Triond. These articles defraud the advertiser. The advertiser pays to have their ads viewed, hopefully by people who might click on an ad. People merely spam commenting in hopes of winning a Runescape account are not taking time to notice ads. The advertisers want their ads on actual well written articles. This may not matter to the casual Runescape player in search of a free account but it damages the relationship between gameolosphy and the advertiser. Soon they will be hesitant to advertise on a Runescape article. Then the actual rare informative, well written Runescape article will disappear all together. Already Triond restricts Runescape articles and I am sure a complete ban will be coming soon.
It also hurts the author who writes well written game articles and isn’t limited to Runescape. These fake articles promising a free Runescape account take spots that should be going to well written game articles. Promising a free account for clicks creates false traffic to propel them to the hot content and popular articles lists. This gives them more publicity while taking it away from other well written articles.
Please do not visit these articles, but instead report them to Triond. Visiting them at the least puts money in their pockets at worst you risk getting scammed
The latest delivering from Square Enix, for the Microsoft Xbox 360, is The Last Remnant. A Strategy RPG released on November 20, 2008, many Square Enix fans are hoping Last Remnant will be the Xbox 360’s answer to the Final Fantasy series. While this game will appeal to many gamers, it isn’t really comparable to Final Fantasy as it is a drastically different game.
Rush Sykes (no, I’m not kidding), the main character, stumbles upon a battle in which he believes his sister Irina is taking part. He approaches the battle in an attempt to protect her, only to discover that this mysterious woman isn’t his sister at all. Rather, she is an Emma, a soldier whom will accompany Rush on his quest to find his sister who was mysteriously kidnapped, which is what brought him to meet Emma in the first place.
Rush and Irina’s parents are scientists researching the Remnants, ancient machines, in some cases holding immeasurable power. Rush apparently wields some magical power from his amulet, an example of one of these Remnants. With the amulet, Rush is apparently inadvertently able to destroy large hordes of enemies with a mysterious power that only he seems to understand.
Remnants seem to typically be magical items that simply “know” what the users needs from them. Remnants can be anything from treasure chests to massive weapons. This seems to be a stretch, an over the top attempt by Square Enix to make the Remnants seem utterly important in Rush’s world. Instead, they simply needed to tell the players of their power, versus incorporating them in all aspects of life.
The Last Remnant combines traditional RPG combat with actual military command, in that you can order units to perform certain actions, or allow them to make their own decision based on what situations they encounter. The combat has a much less personal feel than previous Square Enix entries, such as the later Final Fantasy games, due to the fact that your character is acting more as a general than as a soldier. The player is tasked with commanding an entire army in a large scale battle.
While this method of handling he combat in The Last Remnant is different from almost anything on the market right now, it may be just the niche genre many gamers are looking for. The trade-off for the less personal feel to combat is the much more realistic actions of the battle. If nothing else, such drastically different gameplay may be able to interest players previously uninterested in the Fantasy/RPG genres.
The music in The Last Remnant, especially during “tense” times in the game can get pretty repetative, so I went ahead and switched over to one of my own soundtracks. For more information on how to set up your own custom soundtrack for ANY game, click HERE. The voice acting is decent, but sadly, during the cut-scene is about the only time you get a taste of the voice. This game is far from full “talkie,” in that man conversations are text only.
The Last Remnant definitely has a lot to offer, if nothing else, for those looking for a different kind of combat experience. The strategy involved in the fighting system is reminiscent of Dynasty Warriors if it were a turn based RPG.
E3 2010 was a tad disappointing for RPG fans. To some extent, it may have been expected. With the announcements of Final Fantasy XIII on Xbox 360 in 2008, and the surprise reveal of Final Fantasy XIV in 2009, there was probably going to be a letdown. There weren’t any major announcements of new RPGs. There was no new information on Mass Effect 3, Dragon Age: Origins 2, or The Last Story. These are the Top 5 RPG related announcements at E3 2010.
5) RPGs for the Nintendo 3DS
A large number of RPGs were announced for the Nintendo 3DS, including Shin Megami Tensei: Persona, Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor, games from the Dragon Quest franchise, games from the Final Fantasy franchise, and games from the Kingdom Hearts franchise. However, they are predominantly ports, not new games.
4) Fable III Dated
Fable III was dated for release on October 26th, 2010. Fable III is the sequel to the popular Fable II, which sold over 3.6 million copies. Some gamers debate whether or not this qualifies as an RPG, however it should a fun game nonetheless.
3) Golden Sun: Dark Dawn Dated
Golden Sun: Dark Dawn was dated for release this holiday season. This series isn’t as famous as several of the others on this list, but has a strong reputation amongst hardcore RPG fans. The two previous titles, Golden Sun and Golden Sun: The Lost Age, were released on the Game Boy Advanced and well reviewed. They have an aggregate rating of 89% and 87% on Gamerankings.
2) Star Wars: The Old Republic Info and Trailer
There were several tiny reveals for Star Wars: The Old Republic, most notably that every player will have their own starship. However, the most recent CGI trailer for the game was stunning and will be a challenger for best trailer at E3 2010. Here’s a link to the trailer at the Official Site.
1) Fallout: New Vegas Dated
The follow up to the hit Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas, is set for release October 19th, 2010. The huge post-apocalyptic free roaming game sold over 5.2 million copies for the Xbox 360 and PS3. It’s also being developed by Obsidian, a veteran RPG development studio who developed games such as Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II and Neverwinter Nights 2.
Justin McElroy, Microsoft E3 keynote is here, 10:30am PT / 1:30pm ET, Joystiq
Christopher Grant, Electronic Arts keynote is here, 2pm PT / 5pm ET, Joystiq
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Brian Warmoth, “‘Star Wars: The Old Republic’ To Give Players Personal Starships”, MTV
Owen Good, “What You’ll Be Playing on the Nintendo 3DS”, Kotaku
Sparky, “E3: Fallout New Vegas Info”, Team Xbox