Blizzard’s legal threat shuts down WoW emulator Nostalrius

    
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Another World of Warcraft emulator bites the dust this week. Year-old “Progressive Vanilla” WoW emu Nostalrius announced on its official website that pursuant to a recent legal complaint from Blizzard, it will be shutting down its server, rendering 800,000 accounts and 150,000 active players homeless. The official site says,

“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.”

The server admins say they will shut down the server on April 10th, and while they have no specific “plan for the future,” they do say they will make available the source code to other players to help them set up their own emu. They’ve also started a petition to ask that Blizzard’s Mike Morhaime allow their server in the absence of official legacy servers. “It won’t bring Nostalrius back,” they write, “but it is a way to express ourselves as a community.”

Given how notorious and persistent Blizzard is about shutting down illegal emus for its live games, we suspect that’s true.

Source: Nostalrius site. Thanks, LazyLex, Ian, and Boom.
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“The Combine” & “The Sleeper”
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2 normal, non-pvp servers (no transfer servers) titled “The Combine” & “The Sleeper” in-gameEach expansion will be unlocked by the progress of the players and the content they completeNew servers for past players to return to and re-experience a world where talented and skilled players reign supremeNew players can experience all of EverQuest’s original content without having to catch up on years of expansionsRelive the evolution of one of the most successful MMORPGs in historySERVERS LAUNCH:
Wednesday, June 28, 2006

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Jerichofr 
i, too, hated world pvp, but…
…if they’d just made it so innocent bystanders could quest and the like, i might have liked it more.
i had a friend who refused to roll on a pve server and every session with him was hell.

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Jerichofr 
i find it amusing in your screenshot that they still gave you one day play time credit.  ;)
[i remember those days.  i still have them in my history, too :P]

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Xijit 
i have unsubbed.
and since this particular bit of news [and other related news for hearthstone] will stay unsubbed and not support blizzard from this point forward.  they have fallen too far, in my humble opinion.
but…
…for that last little bit, when the servers are still live, i absolutely have plans.  i have a bunch of noggenfogger elixir that i will drink.  i have some /very/ old gear from way back when [dungeon set one, which you can’t get anymore at all, in the game.]
my plan will be to go and pay my final respects to cairne bloodhoof, to go and spit at silly garrosh and then to do all the old raids one last time.  if there’s a lot of warning, i will do one an evening.
on the very last night, i will go to the hill opposite thunder bluff – my thinking spot for years – and i will sit and wait out the last minutes of my home server’s life there.
if i can manage it and there’s a timer letting us know when the final shut down happens, i will absolutely /salute.
to all my friends.
to all the raids.
to all the fun dungeon runs.
to the game.

but not to blizzard.  they have permanently lost my faith in them as a company.

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Karinshastha 
that deal is…a little shady, for sure.
but it’s better than no deal at all.

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Styopa 
this is an answer i’ve always found somewhat hilarious.
so, you’re willing to tell me – to my face – that you’re a multi-million-dollar company.  that you have coded some “security” into your modern game, now [with two factor authentication and everything] – that you’ve solved some of the riddle of keeping people subscribed through real money transfers through the wow token and…
…you somehow didn’t back up your code!?
pull the other one.
it has bells.

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BritoBruno Estranged 
wow.
your retort here basically boils down to:  “lol, i’m right and you’re all wrong.”
that’s…not a very good argument, i’m afraid.
people have differing opinions to you on the subject.  that is all.  there is no need to be nasty about the issue.

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BritoBruno Elven_Seraph Radfist 
you keep making this suggestion that it’s “bad” for legacy servers to exist.
i think the contrary is at least somewhat true, consider:
if blizzard set up legacy servers and charged a subscription fee for those servers then…
…the subscription money doesn’t go anywhere.  it goes into the game.
whether this is “live” or “old content” doesn’t matter.  the game is getting the money and that’s what matters most to blizzard [despite their claims of wanting to keep the game “fresh” and “always evolving.”  remember.  kotick as at the helm of this mess. kotick only cares about himself and money.]

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BritoBruno 
to be fair:
[and you yourself have stated this.]
“how i feel about blizzard’s game is subjective.”
i don’t like wod.  i didn’t like the story.  i certainly didn’t like the garrisons.  i didn’t like the raids.
to me, wod exemplifies world of warcraft at it’s very worst.

do i think vanilla was “a better game?”  in some respects, no.  of course not.  there were lots of problems with it – it was a buggy mess, it was lacking features modern mmo players take for granted [like maps in dungeons, for example] and so on and so forth, but by contrast with wod – which i find exceedingly dull, vanilla was a world.  a world with varied surprises.  the first time i saw doom lord kazzak, i fled.  he was big and i was little and that could only mean trouble.  or the first time i accidentally stumbled across a world dragon.  boom!  dead.

so, vanilla does things in a way that wod could/will never do.  so from that perspective, for me, wod is “a pale imitation of a game i liked a great deal.”

from that perspective, yes, absolutely, wod is a failure.  and by extension, blizzard are “a failure for going down that path.”

they’re literally out of touch with at least /some/ of their community [witness the weird, not altogether pleasant route they took with flying in wod.] – if they’re out of touch with their “current subscribers” then…well, they are /definitely/ out of touch with folks who want an older version of the game back [as is witnessed by their responses to classic servers.]

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wjowski Bluetouchpaper BritoBruno Kass40 
really?
i played on retail, but i wouldn’t mind playing on a vanilla server, because vanilla was a game i rather enjoyed.
i believe i’m quite a reasonable human being.
sorry to have to burst your bubble.