BBC news reports on World of Warcraft Nostalrius server shutdown

    
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The shutdown of Nostalrius is not going quietly into the night. The wake of the World of Warcraft vanilla emulator’s closure under the threat of legal action has rippled out so far that it has caught the attention of BBC news.

“Many who commented on the closure acknowledged the fact that running servers such as Nostalrius was technically illegal, but said Blizzard should support non-profit fan-driven projects to keep the game going,” the BBC said. The news agency noted that it attempted to contact Blizzard, but the studio had yet to respond.

A petition asking Blizzard to cooperate with Nostalrius and support vanilla servers has gathered over 102,000 signatures at the time of this writing.

If you’re curious what the last minutes of Nostalrius was like, MMO blog Parallel Context shared the following video of the moments leading up to the server’s shutdown.

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PC Redbeard mysecretid 
Thanks for the feedback! I’ve played just enough World of WarCraft to understand (most?) of the references :-)

I was definitely curious about the “definition of vanilla” as fans of a vanilla server might define it.

Speaking only for myself, I know that seeing the return of a game to a state I loved (e.g. City of Heroes) would start to wear thin after the second year of doing nothing but familiar content repeatedly.
That said, the only emulator I ever played was an emu for the science-fiction MMORPG, Earth and Beyond, and one of the reasons I left was that the people running the server kept changing the way the game worked, and adding to the code. Thery changed it enough that it no longer felt like the game I came in to play.
Your last section got me thinking, because you talked about wanting the old world (and The Old World) back, and it made me wonder how much of the call for a vanilla server is driven by people who simply want to see the return of a game setting they truly loved to experience?
Maybe there’s a significant portion of those calling for vanilla who ultimately just want their classic setting and rules set back, and don’t actually require a static setting?

As above, I would love to have City of Heroes back as it was, but my patience for repeatedly replaying familiar content would probably only last two years, at most. and  I would want to see new adventure content under the old setting and the old rules eventually.

But I may well be in the minority in this, absolutely. Just because I don’t see the value in a game which remains static in all respects, doesn’t mean there is no value there for others.

Thanks again for taking the  time to share your perspective. It’s appreciated.

Cheers,

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mysecretid  If there’s a Vanilla (or BC or Wrath) server put in place by Blizz, the expectation would have to be that it remain static. You can’t add more content and claim it is a “Vanilla” server any more. Maybe the ruleset is the same, but adding new content negates my opinion of what a Vanilla server should entail.

The real kicker is where you draw the line: do you allow the server to go through the opening process of the AQ40 raid area once a year? Just leave AQ40 open from the beginning? Or do you start with the Gates of AQ closed, but once they’re open it’s all a “Go” from there?

A BC or Wrath server would have similar issues, but with the Isle of Quel’Danas (BC) or the Tourney (Wrath). These are hard questions, and I’m sure you’d get a variety of answers.

But for me, I’d feel that the biggest bonus of a Vanilla (or BC or Wrath) server is that we get the Old World back, pre-Cataclysm. In retrospect, the reimagining of the Old World was the biggest mistake Blizzard made, because it broke the storyline continuity from Old World -> Outland -> Northrend. In a post-Cataclysm world, the leveling experience goes backwards in time in the revised Old World back to Outland -> Northrend -> Cata Specific Zones. A new player coming into WoW would be totally lost, storywise.

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It occurred to me to ask this here last night. I’m curious to see some responses.

Hypothetically-speaking, if Blizzard were to create a World of WarCraft vanilla server, would there be an expectation that it would change over time in any way, or would it be expected to remain absolutely static?

Basically, would the server  be “the same day in Azeroth, every single day” — sort of the MMORPG equivalent of the Bill Murray film Groundhog Day?
Or (in a world where Blizzard not only creates a vanilla server, but cares about its existence) would there be a hope that, after maybe a year or two of playing the familiar vanilla content, that new content might be added under the existing vanilla rules set?

Again, I’m not suggesting that this would happen, but would that be the hope if it could happen? That, not unlike folks who play tabletop Dungeons & Dragons campaigns using older versions of the rules, that vanilla WoW could go forward as a kind of “parallel universe of WoW”? 

I guess it wouldn’t be so different from EverQuest and EverQuest II existing simultaneously, if this were the case.

I don’t really play World of WarCraft, but I am curious about what those interested in a vanilla WoW server might be hoping to see, if their dream of an official, supported Blizzard vanilla server were ever to become a reality,

Cheers,

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Ashley G Walker MikeMinier ManastuUtakata Ahh:(  Miss your stolen toy that much?  I’ll  send prayers and meditation your way.

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MikeMinier ManastuUtakata All I see here is some pedantic jerk who’s crying because everyone understoood what he meant, so now he’s trying to backpedal. I not angry or annoyed by him though, and I’m not judging him.

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aboomwithaview The Vanilla game world is not there anymore, thats the main point of why people play on old content servers.

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Jigawatts SallyBowls1 I think it would be a lot more than 100 thousand people, let’s not forget about the people that will not play on private servers due to it being illegal so they simply quit wow instead.

I guess we will not know the true figures unless they actually make it happen, but rest assured there is plenty of money to be made by Blizzard here.

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Havekk These people will not go back to retail in its current state, in fact many that were still paying for retail have cancelled there subscriptions in anger, the population will simply move to another private server as in order to play the version of wow that they want they currently have no other choice.
Blizzard should stop being so ignorant, listen to there fans, and provide the service themselves.

World of Warcraft has changed so much over the years that it is no longer the game that many people fell in love with and the massive drop in subscribers reflect this dropping from around 12 million at its peak down to around 4 million as it stands, ironically its been on a slippery slope ever since it teamed up with Activision and introduced all the micro transactions and started trying to accommodate to the casual player, so much so that as it stands there is no in game community and for the majority of the time players stand alone in their Garrisons playing something that resembles a Facebook game.

I truly hope that Blizzard recognize the potential for older versions of the game and realize that millions of people would resubscribe if they just said “yes OK we will do it”.

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Hey blue, they’re fucking thieves. How’s that for judging?

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What a bullshit sentence Sir lol.