creator of WoW Glider, was at home one day doing very innocent things and was
when he was visited by some nice gentlemen calling on behalf of Blizzard and
Vivendi. Everyone had a
pleasant chat, but the Blizzard/Vivendi chaps had to soon leave. Nevermind.
Mercury decided to help write a
little story to commemorate the lovely time had by all.
Mercury will come out on top in all of this. I mean, check it out. He
filed against Blizzard. It wasn’t the other way around. Only someone in the
right could have the cajones to do that!
like the WoW EULA
(that is, the same EULA that Mercury accepted upon first activation and
continues to accept after each patch) explicitly states something along the
“WHEN RUNNING, THE GAME MAY MONITOR
YOUR COMPUTER'S RANDOM ACCESS MEMORY (RAM) FOR UNAUTHORIZED THIRD PARTY
PROGRAMS RUNNING CONCURRENTLY WITH THE GAME. AN “UNAUTHORIZED THIRD PARTY PROGRAM” AS USED HEREIN SHALL
BE DEFINED AS ANY THIRD PARTY SOFTWARE, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION ANY
“ADDON,” “MOD,” “HACK,” “TRAINER,” OR “CHEAT,” THAT IN BLIZZARD'S SOLE DETERMINATION: (i) ENABLES OR FACILITATES
CHEATING OF ANY TYPE; (ii) ALLOWS USERS TO MODIFY OR HACK THE GAME
INTERFACE, ENVIRONMENT, AND/OR EXPERIENCE IN ANY WAY NOT EXPRESSLY AUTHORIZED
BY BLIZZARD; OR (iii) INTERCEPTS, “MINES,” OR OTHERWISE COLLECTS INFORMATION
FROM OR THROUGH THE GAME. IN THE EVENT THAT THE GAME DETECTS AN UNAUTHORIZED
THIRD PARTY PROGRAM, THE GAME MAY (a) COMMUNICATE INFORMATION BACK TO BLIZZARD,
INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION YOUR ACCOUNT NAME, DETAILS ABOUT THE UNAUTHORIZED
THIRD PARTY PROGRAM DETECTED, AND THE TIME AND DATE THE UNAUTHORIZED THIRD
PARTY PROGRAM WAS DETECTED; AND/OR (b) EXERCISE
ANY OR ALL OF ITS RIGHTS UNDER THIS AGREEMENT, WITH OR WITHOUT PRIOR
NOTICE TO THE USER.”
* Girls in
the real world have real breasts (well, some do). Girls in virtual games have
virtual breasts. Does that mean girls in Massively Multiplayer games have
massive and multiplayer... nah, that’s too easy, even for me. In any case, let
me distract you with HEY LOOK OVER THERE!
This, and the recent lack of Tabula Rasa development news? I’ll let you fill in
the sexy dots.
Barnett checked in from his home planet and said hello.
* A Games For Windows
podcast involving Jeff Butler prompted a bloody crusade on the Vanguard forums
against heathen mini-maps everywhere. And how justified those brave crusaders
are! How dare Sigil re-evaluate the direction of Vanguard in relation to the
evolving MMO market! How dare
Sigil create a level of entry for the typical player at which they’ll feel
comfortable and keep playing the game! How dare Sigil realize that naked corpse runs are not fun! HOW
DARE Sigil attempt to create a game aimed at the current MMO market and
make some money off it by not limiting the audience to a percentage of that same
market! I swear, the audacity of those bastards!
Is this where I remind complainers “It’s beta!”? I know you do it all the
time, but I’m kinda new to this. Please help me out here. Guys? Guys?)
* An LAX immigration officer holding up an entire flight of
weary and irritable passengers as he first asks my reasons for entering the
country, and then proceeds to unleash a 5 minute monologue about MMOs (which
are, according to him, pronounced “Em Em Ooohhhhhh”). Kudos to the people at
ArenaNet. He really likes Guild Wars. However, the people in line behind me
were not that thrilled.
* Me, on a domestic flight somewhere over the USA, using only
half of my allocated seat. This was soon followed by me wondering if Humes
suffer the same fate when riding on full airships with Galkas.
* A security officer at LAX (I’m sensing a pattern here)
attempting to grind some experience by passing my bag through the x-ray
machine. Over and over and over. Her
team-mate mustn't have found any good loot because after ripping through my
bag and turning it inside out, he walked away and left the sad corpse to me.