World of Warcraft DDOSer sentenced to a year in prison, Blizzard chats about Battle for Azeroth’s latest round of faction wars

    
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Blizzard is not messing around with DDOS attacks. The BBC has a piece out on a World of Warcraft player from Romania, Calin Mateias, who was apparently extradited to California, charged with conducting a denial of service attack on WoW’s servers back in 2010. He pleaded guilty to “causing damage to a protected computer,” will sit for a year in prison, and was fined around $30,000 to boot. The saddest part is that he was DDOSing servers to get back at guildies over raid loot and participation.

In other WoW news, production director John Hight spoke to PCGamesN about the march toward Battle for Azeroth; he not only teases the story arc but philosophizes about the on-again, off-again war between the factions.

“We thought it would be appropriate and very interesting to say that the biggest threat now in Azeroth is each other. Can we, without that uniting threat of the Burning Legion, come together – or are we going to battle each other? And as you can see in Battle for Azeroth, we’re going to fight it out.”

That said, it apparently took a while for everyone at Blizz to get on board. “I think the team at first were a little unsure about where we were going,” Hight admits. “We had a lot of, ‘So it’s going to be Horde vs Alliance again?’. They were concerned that everyone would think that the whole game had become PvP. We had to make it clear that no, it’s really going to be about the conflict itself.”

Source: The Beeb via WoWhead, PCGamesN. Thanks, TheDonDude!
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Roger Melly

It’ll probably be a white collar prison too . I imagine they are unpleasant though and no holiday camp . Unless its that one with that Wiener guy in it .

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ultorius

wtf 1 year in prison for that crap?I bet if someone tries to run me over with his car he gets less time in prison. I mean give them a fine however big it might be but prison?This is an economic crime. He didnt hack the CIA.

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BDJ

Crime is crime. Period. If they keep slapping kids on the wrist for this shit , kids will always do it. Throw the book at a few of them and the DDoSing of game servers will VANISH.

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Utakata

“They were concerned that everyone would think that the whole game had become PvP. We had to make it clear that no, it’s really going to be about the conflict itself.”

…admittedly, that quote sounds promising.

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Chris Walker

As someone who really hasn’t liked the kumbaya state of affairs between the horde and alliance over the past few years, I was looking forward to some conflict and more impassioned “us against them” pvp. Guess that might not be the case. Oh well.

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IronSalamander8 .

No sympathy for these DDOSers for sure.

As for the return to the faction war. It’s been tired for awhile to be honest. I loved WC 1-3 and I think it was fine when WoW launched but its just not that interesting to me anymore.

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cursedseishi

Doesn’t help that throughout the courses of Warcraft as a whole, a majority of the… World-Enders we’ve been introduced to has been in World of Warcraft. 3 had the Legion coming into prominence as well as the Lich King, but WoW introduced the Old Gods and all this other hallabaloo that… quite frankly… makes the “blue vs red” stuff feel boring.

“Hey, I know we got these unkillable Old Ones infesting our world, and that life as we know it is meaningless solely because the planet we call home is nothing more than a faulty vessel that isn’t doing its job to contain the worst of the Old Ones… But! That Orc over there owes me five gold, and the undead keep giving me shifty eyes so lets pick a fight!”

There’s almost no logical excuse to pit one side against the other and I’ve yet to hear any good story/lore reasons why. Plus… Surprise Spoilers! Battle for Azeroth’s final patch introduces some big bad we have to join forces (again) to beat for an expansion before we revisit something else. And it certainly doesn’t help that this is coming up after they’ve been hyping up “Class Orders”, which were cross-faction garrisons for WoD, just to toss it out the second they can’t use it for an in-game hook for the next expansion.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

The expansion is beautiful, clearly a great deal of attention went in to it. I think they must have heard how much people hated Argus and the Broken Shore and the general overall “cage” design of Legion’s zones. So that’s a welcome change.

But gameplay is no different at all from Legion. Exactly the same in terms of quests, world quests, mission table, etc. Artifact Power fuels your Heart of Azeroth, which is a pretty pale item compared to your Artifact Weapon.

And as for the storyline, which has more drama than a Wagnerian opera, the problem is when you introduce an insurmountable evil and then surmount it, you have no follow up. In technical terms this is known as “jumping the shark”, a situation you can’t recover from.

Normally, that would be The End. But since WoW isn’t a movie or a book, and must go on, they have no choice but to dial it back and start another build up to another gigantic evil because there’s no where else to go.

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cursedseishi

Yeah, that’s a major reason why I haven’t really played or even kept up with WoW post-Mists of Pandaria. I still enjoy the lore, but the game’s always been skirting the issue of power. We’ve apparently imprisoned the only feasibly killable big bad in the game now, which means after this expansion he’s going to escape because “OMG our war over fantasy-plutonium broke him free” or “OMG our mining of these resources disturbed the Oldest of Old ones!”.

FF14 has done a good job of keeping the scales… balanced decently enough for me that I don’t feel like my guy should be capable of slaying anything and everything. And part of that is definitely due to the age of the game. WoW is old as hell, Like 8-9 in expansions old. At that point, when your character has directly had a hand in stopping planet-busters (alganon) and gods themselves (C’thun, and whats-his-name in Ulduar), its hard to take the ‘leader’ characters seriously in comparison.

I’ve always wished that they’d leave WoW to flesh out lore and have our characters NOT be a part in the world’s story. When we felled Arthas, it wasn’t our characters who put an end to everything, and rightfully so. The imprisoning of Sargeras? The Impending threat of the Old Gods taking advantage of a wounded Azeroth? That should be relegated to RTS. If it is truly a battle for Azeroth, it should involve more than just us. It should be entire nations involving themselves in it.

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Bryan Correll

unkillable Old Ones

Not much you can do about that problem, so might as well work on the more manageable task of ridding the world of the giant purple rabbits who live in a magic tree?

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cursedseishi

If only we could! If only we could… Though I’d love to see another “Split Timeline” expansion dealing with the potential after-effects that truly ‘slaying’ an Old God brings. They’ve made it clear Azeroth as a planet is deeply dependent on their continued existence despite the threat their mere existence represents. Treat it like God of War 3, where every patch we watch as an Old One dies and the world rots and reacts as we go!

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kgptzac

A foreign national can be extradited to US over DDoSing an online game should send a powerful message to current and prospective criminals to not fuck with my online entertainment. Hopefully it’ll lead to a decrease of attacks stemming from juvenile desires.

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loudriot

I think it shows you not to fuck with Blizzard, their legal team is top notch.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

Truly. Seven years of litigation through courts foreign, domestic and international. These guys are terriers.

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TomTurtle

Regarding the factional conflict, eh, I’ll wait and see. If they can make it interesting, sure, but I’m worried it’ll feel forced and not very impactful.

At the very least I have fox and snake people to look forward to and hope for as allied races.