MMOs are generally very complicated affairs. If you’ve ever played a Massive Multiplayer Online game you know how bug-riddled they are because of their open world. But bugs related to the environment are by far one of the most issues that plague MMO games. There is a wide array of issues that generally plague these games.
First of all, I’m just going to mention in passing the other bugs that riddle MMOs, from server issues to character profile-related bugs, and a great many other things. But usually it’s the community and all the expansions that are responsible for off-putting so many people.
And this is the reason why so many people prefer playing on pirate servers instead of on the original one, especially when talking about games that went through a large number of expansions. This is owed to the huge customizability of the servers, which allow the pirate game masters to keep the game as it was in its original state.
Seeing that World of Warcraft has went through a large number of expansions so far, many people simply can’t play the old quests and the old story anymore, as the expansions added to them and made the previous ones obsolete. And this is where pirate servers come in.
Recently, more and more people have been swarming towards a particular pirate server for WoW, one which ran a version of the game with none of the expansions. And as soon as the company behind the game found out, Blizzard shut down vanilla World of Warcraft server Nostalrius.
Of course, the fan response was instant, with hundreds, if not thousands of fans e-mailing Blizzard about their decision. The company spokespeople did their best to calm down spirits, but fans of the pirate server aren’t really having it. But this is where a very divisive matter comes in.
On the one hand, Blizzard did say that they were sorry to take down the server and that they are considering their alternatives because they do want to give their fans what they want. The problem is that piracy is still piracy, and once they found out about the server, they didn’t have any legal recourse but to take it down.
This is because failure to protect against piracy would most certainly damage the company’s legal rights. Not only would allowing the server to continue have set a precedent, but it also would have most likely damaged Blizzard’s chances at winning any other future lawsuits against similar perpetrators.
Even though it’s pretty unlikely that the company will start up a vanilla server, they are looking into options. Blizzard appreciates the fact their fans want to play their game as it originally came out, but it would be nigh impossible to handle a vanilla server along with all the others they are already handling. Still, they promise that something will eventually be done about the matter.
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