The Elysium WoW emulator community is in total meltdown

    
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The Elysium World of Warcraft private server community is in total meltdown, so popcorn at the ready.

Most MMORPG players would probably have never heard of Elysium but for Nostalrius, the WoW emulator that was C&D’d by Blizzard last year and then went on to agitate for official vanilla servers, blowing its momentum after BlizzCon by handing its source code and characters over to Elysium to run from the Ukraine, only to then change its mind last month and ask for the code back.

Elysium agreed to Nostalrius’ requests, but things have gone south for its own game this past week when an emu YouTuber and concomitant agitators accused the top echelons of the Elysium team of everything from manipulating loot tables and unbanning hackers for under-the-table cash to participating in Chinese gold selling and botting schemes and being shadow-run by (former) network partner Crestfall. They probably also did Watergate, I don’t know.

(Incidentally, Crestfall has already cut ties with Elysium as of this afternoon, citing “strong evidence of corruption in high-ranking members of [Elysium’s] staff.”)

Approximately half a million possibly-real-and-or-fake pastebins and ‘shop jobs and hot-take videos later, one of the administrators of the project blasted the original YouTuber, calling it a witch hunt and then saying Elysium had been “forced to re-open donations to continue funding and operating our servers” (two servers are paid only through May; Elysium itself is paid through August). Last night, however, a different administrator went on an expletive-laden Reddit rant (NSFW) in the service of “transparency,” seemingly copping to (some?) of the accusations while basically telling off the naysayers because running an illegal emulator is soul-crushing work, you haters.

“From this moment on I’m done grovelling and making excuses for every misstep we make. You either trust us or **** off. Have some respect for people who spend their free time on the game you play. Otherwise, there wouldn’t be a single server you could play on. I’ve put so much effort into this project it matters more to me than anything else, but I won’t put you gossiping ****s before my partner. It’s sad for me to see our dream of an LGN being torn apart before we could accomplish anything. We wanted to change the private emulation scene, but you’ve ruined everything. Now, reap what you’ve sown.”

“Legacy that, Legacy this, **** you,” she concludes. “We will keep this ****ing project running till the end of the world so you could play and enjoy the game I love so much.”

The weird thing is? A lot of players apparently don’t care. “Go back to retail and stop trying to ruin this for those of us who actually enjoy playing,” one dude told people allegedly trying to ferret out corruption. Turns out if you were OK playing on a shadowy and illicit version of a game whose emulators are persistently pursued across the world by their rightful copyright holder, you’re probably not going to expect absolute ethical behavior out of the people running that show. At some point, you figure it’s a virtual black market gang war and you’re probably better off just ducking and playing the game while it lasts. If you’ve been in an emu community long enough, you already know that few last long.

Source: Reddit, official forumsmore. Thanks to all of you who kept sending this in so I couldn’t keep pretending I didn’t see it, darn you.
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CloakingDonkey .

Elysium stopped being interesting as soon as Uthgard opened :P

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Life_Isnt_Just_Dank_Memes

Crazy to think that illegal servers could be run by degenerates and also attract people with a reprobate bent.

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Scrungle

Next we’ll find out all the WoW clients are actually root kits for a giant bot net.

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Jack Pipsam

Shock factor = Zero.

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odin valhalla

Ya, lol. No one saw that drama coming. A WoW private server run by gamers not an actual company. LOL

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Pedge Jameson

Will some of you commenters stop calling these ppl GM’s? There not. There playing tree house Game Master, laughing in vent while giving free goodies to there friends and kicking people just because they don’t like there toon or what country there playing from. The scum of the universe. Glad this is happening.

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possum440 .

To think that Blizzard employees are not manipulating some aspects of the chaos is to be truly foolish.

As with any war the best way to destroy something and cause pain and panic is from within. May sound like a conspiracy theory bu to say Blizzard is just happily letting these folks use their IP and do nothing is very foolish.

This way Blizzard expends next to no money and still destroys the rogue servers in whole or due to bad publicity that will also play into the legal aspect.

My two cents.

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Bryan Correll

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Aldristavan

You nailed it. Blizzard obv took the time and energy to plant a mole / infiltrate this community / sow discord. /s/

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Utakata

My family usually uses /tinfoil to bake potatoes in. It’s mightily delicious. I suggest you do the same…instead of wearing over your noggin. Just saying.

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Vellik

Slightly related, but I actually find that the potato tastes better when /not/ cooked in tinfoil. Not quite sure why, though.

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Crowe

I concur with Vellik. Besides, I think P440 actually really needs the tinfoil — maybe even double-thick/extra-strength. My god, man! The rays are getting through!

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Jaymes Buckman

“Have some respect for people who spend their free time on the game you play.”

But respect for people who spend their paid time on the game you play is apparently unnecessary?

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Utakata

Emu’s should be quiet birds.

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Pedge Jameson

Some of these EMU people can’t, they think there rock stars. They live for the drama.

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Mewmew

“Turns out if you were OK playing on a shadowy and illicit version of a game whose emulators are persistently pursued across the world by their rightful copyright holder, you’re probably not going to expect absolute ethical behavior out of the people running that show.”

That right there, that hits the nail on the head. The people running the thing can and will do whatever they want. If you’re going to play that version you should know this already.

These players are playing an illicit version of the game for free and then are complaining that not everything is above the table with the people illegally running the thing. That hurts my brain.

They’re complaining as if they’re paying customers playing something that’s being run by a legitimate company. Ooookay!

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Loopy

That’s unfortunate to hear. I haven’t been on in a while, but i definitely wouldn’t want to see the project ruined – especially because of some drama.