This game is most puzzling. Is it out or still in beta? And why doesn’t it launch simultaneously around the world? And how can one avoid paying $15 to Blizzard every month and still play the game? Since it’s based on a subscription model I haven’t even bothered with the game (remember Planetside). But I am still curious, a great many things are hanging in the balance here.
First of all the future of online gaming. Many have concluded that subscription in this form is dead, but still Blizzard keeps going. One would have hoped that as time progressed, advances in technology would have made online play cheaper and better. But in reality it’s the other way around. Online play, albeit in much smaller numbers, never was as fun as with Quake 1, and it has been slipping ever since.
Second, the freedom of online games has once again been questioned as Blizzard chose to hardball those that sold items in the game (for real money, not game currency). Getting a little too commercial for them? But they don’t mind charging $15/month to play the damn thing. And I guess that, as always, WoW is a private and controlled environment where rude behavior, rude words and unappreciated tactics will get you a permban with no money back. Seems inevitable since many who play the game are Americans and the servers are mostly American and we all know how Americans like to shield their young from ‘bad influences’ and themselves from law suits.
We also know that WoW is in many ways a victim of its own success. The central servers just can’t handle the load. The ideal solution to all of this would of course be to allow for 3rd party servers. To allow hosting companies to offer their customers free access instead of having to scuttle around in the shadows on private servers like criminals.
General Forum and Hosting:
- WoW Private / Cracked Beta Servers list
- Storm Network
- Hav0c Network
- Blizzhackers (RECOMMENDED!)
- Wowressources.free.fr (RECOMMENDED!) Also has a great file archive
- Cesspit Patch Repository with Release CD 1.0.0 (3980) -> latest build.
- Ignorant.net tracking patch torrents
- Pirate Bay download the full client via bittorrent
Having said that I would also like to point out that for obvious reasons it wont be as fun as the real servers and it is buggy. I am however confident that with time the emulated servers will mature and databases will be available that mimic the official servers better. From what I’ve seen, many of the server development groups are not more than weeks old.
About the game itself, after having played it, well I have my doubts. I’m back in levelling hell.
Essentially, in the last couple of weeks, two new database groups have emerged on the scene and from what I can tell outdone anything that was previously available. Most of the problems that remain are now a matter of the server emulator. The so called WAD server, which has become troublesome for the community since the author actually tries to make money off of it. I.e. closed source. Like the databases, he could use some collaboration to speed things up.
I noticed many of the sites above, especially forums, are down. The database groups are still operational though and may be able to offer assistance on their respective forums.
As for MMORPGs, Guild Wars has been released and should be on store shelves. Unlike WOW it isn’t pay to play. As long as you have a valid copy of course. I could live with that.
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