En Masse issues DMCA takedowns against some TERA third-party programs

    
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It appears that En Masse Entertainment is bringing the hammer down on third-party programs – again – for its action-MMO TERA, according to a recent post by Senior Producer Denommenator on the official forums.

“We have recently issued some standard takedown requests to platforms around the internet where we found communities actively working in violation of our Terms of Service,” the post states. The most recent takedown seems to have targeted a variety of third-party programs published to github by users Hackerman Caali, Meishuu, and Pinkipi, according to the publicly available DMCA takedown request.

The community reaction has been mixed at best, with many players posting in the official discussion thread to express their dissatisfaction with the way En Masse is handling the situation, arguing that the use of third-party programs is a necessity due to En Masse’s failure to provide adequate support and official features.

For what it’s worth, the studio seems to recognize this, as Denommenator’s official post concludes, “We love you TERA players and we understand that you’re upset about this. We will investigate solutions that provide some of the benefits that these 3rd Party Services offered in a form that doesn’t violate our terms of service.”

Source: Official forums, 2, Github. Thanks for the tip, Anonymous!
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Phoenix Mist

I literally gave EnMasse information to why XIGNCODE caused BSODs for some people.

Exception Code 0xE06D7363 When Calling Win32 SEH APIs is the problem!

The problem is that XIGNCODE can cause conflict with some SEH! Now would updating a computer with updates help or make it worse?

And yes the writes by data is insane by least number of time! So SSDs can wear out on sectors of writing data to cause bad data sectors, because XIGNCODE scans the whole computer! SSDs have limited writes.

If EME/BHS would just upgrade the game to Unreal4 and use this anti-cheat. The company would be better off! Also I want my account back if they ever do; it’s ugly enough by incompetence not wanting to deal with my legitimate information about XIGNCODE. I’m sadly disappointed.

https://forums.unrealengine.com/unreal-engine/marketplace/69015-plugin-anti-cheat-system

I don’t concur with third-party programs. I would state that this use of third-party ruins the game! Just read guides and learn from yourself and others. Test out the character class.

Pumped/carving on both earrings and rings. It speaks for itself people! 15.5M! By the way CDR does help build up. Balance the character and it will help you succeed.

XIGNCODE is useless and it can be bypassed! I’m disappointed at anyone that caused XIGNCODE to happen. It’s the entail of those cheaters/hackers actions by third-party programs.

As far as take-downs of third-party posts on github, good for them!

Otherwise, just move on and find another game! I wasted my time. It’s like they’re there, but not there to understand or improve.

-MistyTera

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rafael12104

I have no issue with this. Third party development is not a right.

Pepperzine
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Pepperzine

Can someone elaborate on what the functions of these third-party programs were? Did the disrupt/provide an unfair advantage to gameplay or were they simply quality of life improvements?

If it’s the former, the DMCA is warranted, if it’s the latter perhaps En Masse should consider integrating these features into the game or allow players to continue using them.

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Antiseptic

Need to backup a bit for some context. The software in question sits in between the game client and game server sort of like a proxy server (thus the name Tera Proxy). By itself, commands would just passthrough. Where the functionality takes place is in the form of addon modules. Those modules when present would act on the commands before passing it on.

Some modules from what I saw did increase the quality of life. Like one of them could auto turn in the quests from Vanguard Requests. Others would help with optimization to help increase frame rate. It is these quality of life things that have long fallen on deaf ears with BHS since they haven’t even bothered implementing lot of this in Korea. Others were exploitive in nature though.

All of this uses simple Javascript using node.js which makes any type of anti-cheat system useless when it comes to detecting it. Ironically, I heard Enmasse had requested BHS to implement Xigncode a few months ago (I know when I was playing 2 years ago, the game had no anti-cheat).

Tera’s server code is full of security holes which allows for some pretty bad exploits to be taken advantage of. Some of the more knowledgable module developers know very well how to hard exploit these weaknesses. Most of those exploits from what I know are kept close to a few peoples vest but some do know how to perform dupes, 1-hit skills, etc.

The other thing is that the entire proxy has to be run as admin which means any module developer could wreak havoc with that system. I looked at the stuff and the thing allows auto updating of the proxy and its modules. So all it takes is one malicious mofo to go to town on someone who uses it. And that is the funny part because a lot of these folks are complaining about the privacy and rootkit potential of Xigncode that was implemented while they allow the potential for social engineering with these addons to feel relatively safe with a wide hole open.

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Pepperzine

Thank you so much for the detailed context! I really appreciate it :)

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Ernost

And that is the funny part because a lot of these folks are complaining about the privacy and rootkit potential of Xigncode that was implemented while they allow the potential for social engineering with these addons to feel relatively safe with a wide hole open.

Its the same in Blade and Soul. Funny thing is the third party BnS launcher that these nuts use has already been compromised by hackers once and they still keep using it, and even recommending it to new players.

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Jack Pipsam

People are still salty about the whole Xigncode thing as well.

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rafael12104

I’m still very salty. BnS uses that crap.

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Brother Maynard

Xigncode is the reason I never bothered with BDO. Now I see that Tera has joined the crappy list…

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Sally Bowls

After listening to Youtube Lawyer on “Take Two Wins Lawsuit Against GTA V Cheaters” I was a bit surprised TERA went with DMCA instead of copyright.

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rafael12104

Same.

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Ernost

Wouldn’t a copyright lawsuit cost more? I doubt En Masse has a big a war chest as Take Two does.

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As for this DMCA thing, I’ve been following this since a friend still plays. Lot of the raging on the forum there happens to be drowning out some of the reasonable dialog; you know the whole vocal minority thing. The core problem is really Bluehole with their coding (way too exploitable to begin with) and EME not doing a good job of communicating with their players even before this. They know the issues but like the overlords in South Korea are going to actually listen and do much about it. It’s an old game released in 2011/2012 plus Bluehole really only cares about Korea and just does the bare minimum for other regions.

It is why I just stopped playing around 2 years ago since the only way to send a signal is to vote with your pocketbook. A “large” number of these players went off to GameForge EU which is like no better of a publisher and are currently in the jilted-ex girlfriend/boyfriend stage right now with EME where the new one is just ever so much better than the old. I guess they will learn that fact (how bad GameForge is) once they are back to the end game grind again (the rose color glasses will rot and fog over).

The 3rd party program supporters also aren’t doing themselves any favors by the way they are expressing themselves. You can be dissatisfied but also make that known without resorting to ad-hominem attacks on others. I thought some of them were at least even-keeled but after reading through that thread, that vocal minority are clearly deluded into believing that 90% of EME’s population will disappear by middle October. It’s a free-to-play game though and other new players will fill the void those folks leave.

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ting

A company issuing a DMCA on code they stole from NCSOFT

Gotta love life’s ironies.

https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2012-04-17-tera-developers-guilty-of-stealing-lineage-iii-assets

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Utakata

Link dated: Tuesday 17th April 2012

Was this not already settled? And what does this have to do with the current issue?

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Greaterdivinity

It was. IIRC a few of the dudes were found guilty/settled and BH ended up owing a bunch of money to NCsoft.

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Utakata

Yeah…I am aware of that. It was covered extensively by the MOP IP. I was just wondering why this was brought up 6 years after the fact. o.O

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ting

Just because the theft was settled doesn’t make it less ironic. Look up the C in DMCA.

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Utakata

I am not sure this is about parties stealing code or ideas, rather using mods and exploits that are prohibited by their TOS. The irony here is that normally the outrage is usually expressed at the cheaters…

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There was also that injunction where part of the lawsuit was to not publish the game. BHS went ahead anyway in Korea first. Then came that announcement where BHS’ subsidiary they acquired (En Masse Entertainment) would be the NA publisher for Tera. I think they eventually ended up settling.