The Video Game Museum offers a home to Star Wars Galaxies, City of Heroes, and WildStar

    
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The Video Game Museum offers a home to Star Wars Galaxies, City of Heroes, and WildStar

It’s the longest of all long shots, but WildStar could be kept alive — and in a museum, as Indiana Jones intended. And not just the soon-to-be canceled MMO, but previously sunsetted ones such as Star Wars Galaxies and City of Heroes as well.

With the recent DMCA ruling allowing for the preservation of online games, the Video Game Museum said that it is open to giving shuttered MMOs a home within its walls. The caveat? It would need the server code for these games to be handed over from the legal owners.

“If anyone has dead MMO server code out there, and wants us to lock it away for a few years until it’s clear to relaunch the server, or if you’re ready for us to reboot it right now, let us know,” the museum said. “[It] must be a legitimately acquired copy of the server code.”

The museum specifically put out a call for SWG and CoH’s server code and was open to fans’ suggestions that Asheron’s Call, The Matrix Online, and WildStar be given a berth in the building as well.

For those begging for WildStar to be saved, MADE replied, “If you folks can convince the developers and owners to hand over the server software, we can rehost it. That’s a tall order, but if they agree, we can bring it back. Y’all should band together and ask as a group.”

The volunteers weren’t deterred by the difficulty of bringing such games back online, saying that “nothing could be more technically challenging” than what it did by restoring the 1988 proto-MMO Habitat.

Source: Twitter

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rafael12104

Classic! LOL!

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Humble DG

This is a great idea. I’m glad someone is taking the time and effort to try.

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Armsbend

Is like a 400 sq. ft. room with some couches. No one will EVER hand over any Star Wars assets to people who collect xbox 360 games.

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kalech

Interesting idea. I think it could be nice to preserve some chosen MMOs, even if they won’t be available to the public.

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Bree Royce

Perfection.

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Cyclone Jack

Now you’re just showing off. :p

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The Weeb formerly known as Sray

Even if they’re given the code legally, part of the ruling states that the code must remain within the confines of an authorized museum or other institution and not distributed publicly. That means controlled public access, not that these games open to the public 24/7. A sunsetted game will still remain effectively offline for all but a few visitors to video game museums and/or game design researchers.

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Hirku

Exactly as it should be, as this is about preservation of the medium’s history and not free MMOs for everybody.

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The Weeb formerly known as Sray

I completely agree, however it seems like many of the posters in this thread (and even maybe the article’s author?) thinks that it does mean never having to say goodbye to your closed down MMO. It does not; and this ruling is actually a needed victory for the games industry as it sets the precedent under which games can be preserved without requiring publishers to abandon their copyright.

Walking into a museum and d9nate $5 to play SWG for a few hours? Sure, that’s fine. Disseminating the game client freely to anyone and running servers 24/7 for shut down MMOs? Nope, not gonna happen. And that’s how it should be.

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Hirku

Amen to that! I would happily take a vacation to the National Museum of Videogames over Disneyland anytime.

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Bryan Correll

Superb!

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Bryan Correll

“If you folks can convince the developers and owners to hand over the server software, we can rehost it. That’s a tall order, but if they agree, we can bring it back. Y’all should band together and ask as a group.”

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Pandalulz

Hahah, yeah right. Still not going to happen. Good luck with that.

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Utakata

Make it happen, please! :)