MMO Week in Review: Nostalrius as ‘ambassadors’ for the vanilla community (May 1, 2016)

    
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This week, proponents of classic World of Warcraft servers made headway as Blizzard addressed the community, suggested “pristine” servers, and agreed to meet with the former admins of the Nostalrius emulator. The Nostalrius team has said that it will be “changing its former strategy” as it negotiates with Blizzard: It will not release its source code or database, and it will take seriously its role as “ambassadors of a larger movement for the entire World of Warcraft community.”

“It is a major responsibility,” the team wrote in a forum piece this weekend. “Our top-priority and only focus now is to fulfill the needs of this community, by carrying your voice to Blizzard directly.”

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Edany (AmberACurtis)
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Denice J Cook This. As much as they want to be representatives and ambassadors, the reality is that they are there to sign away their lives should they ever release that code. There will be no classic servers or “pristine” servers, or whatever you call it. It will basically be Blizzard shoving their boot on the necks of the Nostalrius team while forcing them to tell the rest of us how great it feels so that Blizzard can look good while doing it.

vicariousfan
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steamedbeav excetly blizzard is losing money on this.  I would happily pay money to play the old expansions.  It woudl also fix the problem they have with the year and half content droughts

vicariousfan
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Denice J Cook DugFromTheEarth i’d prefer an offiical progression server so I can expereince all the events and expansions as they were intended.

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BritoBruno mourasaint Damonvile Karl_Hungus The trend of MMOs being more casual? 

Blizzard sets the trend. All other MMOs follow. It has been thus for more than ten years now. 

The fact that they’ve continuously appeased to their aging veteran base is the reason why they’ve been unable to attract and retain new players and has resulted in a stagnant, and eventually diminishing subscriber base.

BritoBruno
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Karl_Hungus breetoplay I want to believe otherwise, but i’m sure this will be the case.

BritoBruno
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mourasaint BritoBruno Damonvile Karl_Hungus No. It’s a buckling to the trend of mmos being more casual.
They have a playerbase. A playerbase that got old and got jobs. The “wow basement kids” are gone. They still want that money.
WoW still offers you extremely hard raiding, still offers you a good pvp arena experience. What more do people want?
“The journey”.
This game been out for 12 years. You want a journey? Go watch a pokemon flick.

BritoBruno
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Karl_Hungus breetoplay deekay_zero Don’t forget that Blizz products are pretty much drugs. Some people don’t even like them, but the addiction is too far already.
They don’t need to make people love them, they just need to make people PAY them. If they spend more time making us love them, well, then better for us.

BritoBruno
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Skyewauker BritoBruno I think Dks, Monks and DHs can be balanced together with the other classes. They were present on the core war3, so bust them out would be bad, imo.
But they can’t be powerhouses, that’s for sure.
And yes, this is just a dreamlist. I’m not holding my breath for Prisservers being the cream of the crop here.

Roughrider
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Denice J Cook I’m afraid the only motivation of the Blizzard meeting is to do everything in their power to legally hamstring the Nost team, and they will do it behind closed doors. There will be a non-disclosure agreement signed before a meeting with anyone on the campus as a first precaution. The lawyers present in the room will let the team know exactly what millions upon millions of dollars in legal salaries and multi-year litigation brings to the table as far as f’ing up someone’s life. 
This is the most likely scenario.

Denice J Cook
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DugFromTheEarth 
Right!  However, you also have to factor in all the peeps like me, who would love to play vanilla WoW but refuse to play on emus because they can be hotbeds of key loggers and malware, they typically run like $hit and their versions of any game are usually hacked up/changed to all get-out.  ;)