John Smedley on player emulator projects: ‘Good for them’

    
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Ex-Daybreak President John Smedley took to Twitter last night to throw his support behind MMO emulator projects. While most studios publicly ignore or condemn these fan projects, it was a well-known secret that Daybreak held a favorable attitude about them.

“I’ve been asked recently about my feelings on emulators like SWG Emu and things like Project 1999,” he posted. “Now that I’m no longer at Daybreak/SOE I can speak my mind. Truth is I’ve always respected the hell out of the people that work on the emulator stuff. Good for them. I would love to have turned over the source code for older games as long as it’s handled properly. Anyone that has that kind of passion and backwards engineers a server is someone I respect highly.”

Smedley clarified his position while hinting at how his new job as head of an unnamed studio could be openly friendly toward such projects: “I’m not a big fan of [emulators] charging since that’s a can of worms licensing-wise (most game companies use third-party tools). But as a rule I’d like to be supportive of efforts like that in the future. At my new company that’s what we are doing.”

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David Vraniak

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PhoenixDfire
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PhoenixDfire

I would have loved them to release the code for MXO (No pun intended) but I know that WB would never have allowed that to happen.

The MXO community would have taken that game somewhere amazing because it had such potential.

Valcan321
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Valcan321

Anatidae Did you ever think he meant that He/They didn’t have the rights to let that code go? No? OK.

Anatidae
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Anatidae

“I would love to have turned over the source code for older games as long as it’s handled properly”

So, uh… there is this thing called open source. Even a little tool called GitHub allowing the community to collaborate.
/sarcasm

Drives me nuts to hear some lame “oh, I wish I could” when it’s obviously not true. If you want to share the sources Smedley, man up and open license it and give it to the world. Don’t hide behind some lame “as long as it’s handled properly” BS.  Less talk, more action.

Radfist
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Radfist

melissaheather Zariarn They were actually decent at launch, but they butchered the hell out of them just to get the game running smoothly.  So many cool facial options were lost in the cull.

Union Jack
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Union Jack

So loved Vanguard and would play on Emu just as I am with Project 1999 now the community rocks on 1999 it’s so sick.

DPandaren
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DPandaren

Sorenthaz Avarius Rozyn I don’t think it’s that too similar. Only because Blizzard has gone to say that those things were bad, where as SOE/DBG never really said anything about them. They never even bothered to acknowledge them even when they’re talked about on their forums.

Smiggins
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Smiggins

Muthaphukin Jawas!

Smiggins
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Smiggins

BritoBruno Warhammer was a great game if you like PVP. The problem was the game launched with its main function being broken, aka capturing territory. At launch the territory capture mechanic was broken so no one could capture land, so the only thing you could do was play battlegrounds, that got old quick.

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Zariarn The one mmo I would commit to if it had a good population.