Cartoon Network successfully shut down FusionFall’s rogue servers

    
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Cartoon Network successfully shut down FusionFall’s rogue servers

Do you remember FusionFall? It was Cartoon Network’s attempt at making its own kid-friendly MMO, operating between 2009 and 2013; we took a listen to its soundtrack fairly recently. Apparently the game was enjoyed enough by the community of players that several rogue servers were put together, but now Cartoon Network has forced their shutdown thanks to a DMCA strike.

As as first noticed by Connor at MMO Fallout, the shutdown was announced this past Thursday by the FusionFall Universe team, which seems to be a central hub for these rogue servers. “We want to say, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you all for the support we’ve received throughout the years. We went above and beyond our original goal, and it was all due to the support from fans like you,” reads one of the tweets in the announcement thread.

So what happened? Beyond “copyright owners protecting their copyright” anyway? If scuttlebutt from within the FusionFall community is to be believed, it’s all due to one person’s anger at the rogue server devs, with this person allegedly alerting Cartoon Network that the server devs were engaging in money laundering, among other far more disgusting allegations that we won’t be repeating since nothing’s been substantiated.

What is for certain, however, is those who were enjoying FusionFall under the radar no longer can.

source: Twitter via MMO Fallout

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PurpleCopper

Why does FusionFall look so… anime-ish? Was anime that popular during 2009?

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Richard de Leon III

anime has been popular for a long time imho. Heck i was into anime since robotech and i dont think its slowed down too much since. Its just the general style thats changed at least for mainstream popular anime.

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Robert Mann

Internet stuff here:

Cartoon network was doing Anime stuff long before that… and they actually had a better setup way back early on. They had a management change, dropped a lot of that somewhere in the early 2000s (I remember seeing it briefly, but wasn’t watching TV even back then since I found free shows online long, long ago), lost a lot of viewers, and brought it back with less success since the internet took over more of the anime viewer crowd during the time when they were down.

FusionFall was both an MMO attempt during the higher western production times then, and an attempt to bring CN back as an anime community focal point. It did okay at the first by some means, but it failed miserably at the second.

This all from notes elsewhere on this subject… but to put it simply the entire reason it looks anime was because CN wanted that audience back, according to several sources (some of which are sketchy, some of which seem fairly reliable, and with some obvious corporate P.R. rebuttals). Take it as seriously as you want, since it’s not a firm fact.

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Sorenthaz

It was kind of aimed at the audience who grew up with Dexter’s Lab, Power Puff Girls, Kids Next Door, Samurai Jack, etc.

At that point in time most of us were teens/young adults, so animetizing it was sort of a way to appeal to that age group. Especially since Ben 10 was popular at the time and was sort of a Western pseudo-anime.

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Jack Pipsam

Cartoon Network Universe: FusionFall was the first time I ever found out that The Powerpuff Girls actually had an anime adaption. I remember first seeing them in the game art thinking “look how they’ve massacred my girls!”, only to find out that Powerpuff Girls Z was a thing (they’re not even actual sisters in that version!).

But for the game, I suspect part of it was trying to unify the different program artworks, Camp Lazlo doesn’t share the same art-style of Dexter’s Lab etc.

As well as Sorenthaz pointed out, anime is extremely popular with young teens and in 2009 that would have been absolutely the market for this tone of game, this is more tween-friendly than kid-kid-friendly if I remember the game. I was more a Nickelodeon kid so I didn’t put too much attention on this at the time (but I would have murdered for an Avatar MMO).
But 2009 YouTube was like AMVs, shipping videos made in Windows Movie Maker, watching Anime on extremely dodgy website etc. It’s the time when you start to venture more into the Fullmetal Alchemists and other adult anime, which I very much did.
Anime focus makes a lot of sense, but… only if you like anime. If you liked Cartoon Network shows the way they were, you’d be fat out of luck which might have contributed to its short time active originally.

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Mewmew

It’s a totally abandoned game nobody is ever doing anything with. It was abandoned many years ago. Let them have their rogue servers…

And what’s the deal with going to immediate shutdown rather than investigating allegations? Are the people at Cartoon Network the type that feel someone is guilty until they can prove themselves innocent rather than the other way around? Are they just too lazy to do any investigating and feel it is just easier to issue a shutdown?

I imagine the rogue servers have been around for years without issue, suddenly someone makes some crap up and they get a shutdown notice? Give me a break.

I certainly lost a lot of respect for Cartoon Network over this.

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Richard de Leon III

From what the article infers, its the activities related to the servers being up. Money laundering is definitely horrible to be associated with. As for the other allegations that are being alluded to, considering its a kids themed mmo,if i was cartoon network I wouldnt take any chances.

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Bruno Brito

And what’s the deal with going to immediate shutdown rather than investigating allegations?

Common occurrence in the p-server scene. Teams are extremely scared of anything related to be prosecuted/sued because of them not being on a protected country. Which is why most team host their servers in russia/eastern europe, and they get extremely careful to whoever knows where they live ( Nostalrius team were in France, and that made them a easy target ).

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Sorenthaz

Cartoon Network has been a s-show for awhile now. Last I check the only good part of their network is in the evenings with Adult Swim or Toonami on Saturdays. Otherwise it’s literally reruns of maybe three different shows as if they forgot or lost all of their creative and good series.

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cursedseishi

Well… That was a nasty rabbit hole to try and peek through.

The specific twitter message in the article appears to be deleted, but checking the account it comes from led me around to the gist of things. And from there? It appears the person is both
A) Claiming he actually didn’t do it, but thought he’d take credit just for the lols.
and
B) Is doing it, potentially with help from someone else, and is deciding to target the Free Realms project next since he doesn’t like the people and is upset they don’t listen to his demands for FusionFall and now wants to attack anything any member of the team now or before is a part of.

And what I am gathering is the team was working, at least somewhat, with Cartoon Network and under their blessing… Said user came in, demanded that it be given to him and anyone else who wanted to do their own thing (among other stuff), was denied because of the specificity of the project, and immediately lost their shit like a child and leveraged multiple rather disgusting charges he knew would immediately have whatever grace the FusionFall rogue team had yanked without question or investigation.

… Which, unfortunately, tends to happen in groups like these. I’ve no experience first-hand with fan projects and emulation, but I’ve poked about long enough to follow a few earnestly. And this is a sadly much-abused tactic by individuals either jealous or wanting for attention.

edit:
It also appears that Cartoon Network is… addressing… things, at least? Enough to have automated responses as some people are assuming set up in response to the server being shut down. People are taking that as a good sign… As for my thoughts…? Cartoon Network is one of the absolute worst networks around with zero focus or clue as to supporting quality. Some shows manage to persist in spite of them, and Adult Swim has enough autonomy to do well enough on their own…

But I wouldn’t hold my breath here.

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Sorenthaz

Guess that’s not surprising. They were treading on a thin line as-is, and all it really takes is one a-hole to ruin it for everyone. Similar stuff happened to BYOND’s anime games some years back, though at this point they don’t seem to give a care anymore.

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Jaymes Buckman

Anime Dexter. Wow.