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Submission + - Trion has spyware in Rift (

Captain Kirk writes: Trion has a vigorous anti-cheat policy which we all applaud. But its a shock that they are scanning all processes, including email and IM. Blizzard used do this and stopped due to privacy concerns. Here's hoping Trion does the same and restricts itself to scanning its own game processes, not everything it can see on the client computer!
Role Playing (Games)

Submission + - Blizzard wins major lawsuit against bot developers

Captain Kirk writes: Blizzard, the owners of World of Warcraft, have won their case against Michael Donnelly, the programmer who wrote Glider. Blizzard won on 2 arguments. Firstly that if a game is loaded into RAM, that can de considered an unauthorized copy of the game and as such a breach of copyright. Secondly, that selling Glider was interfering with Blizzard's contractual relationship with it customers. The net effect? If you buy game, you transfer rights to the game developer that they can sue you for.
Role Playing (Games)

Submission + - World of Warcraft uses a new Rootkit

Captain Kirk writes: We all know that World of Warcraft has checked for hacks to ensure a safe game environment for all players.

The latest version of these checks goes beyond anything seen so far in that what is being checked is now completely encrypted. Obviously this hits bot writers as can be seen from these complaints:

But it also strikes at the privacy of all users. Now Blizzard has a tool that is encrypted and can run any type of scan, transfer any file or edit any document on your computer. That can't be right.
User Journal

Submission + - One Year in World of Warcraft

Captain Kirk writes: I've been playing WoW for just over a year now. Its my second MMO. I had been playing Star Wars Galaxies for about 18 months when I made the decision to switch.

Why switch? Why abandon a toon that had 7 million credits in the bank, Master Swordsman and Master Doctor and well on the way to becoming a Jedi?

One word answer: Sony.

Slightly longer version: The Swordsman and Doctor professions were both taken out of the game. Completely removed. As was the Jedi system. Sony had decided that the game had too much lore, was too complex and that making it simple would be great. Unfortunately, they didn't have time to test the changes before imposing them so suddenly I had a character that could not move, had no combat skills, and was called "SomethingDialog_07" This was no fun at all so I tried World of Warcraft.

WoW was amazing. My first toon was a Tauren. As I ran about the lush green hills of Mulgore, I found myself tapping the Space bar just for the fun of watching my little bull jump. The quests are no different from any other MMO. Find 10 mobs, kill them and report back for a reward. But the implementation is complete, they are challenging and the rewards are fun.

Now I've a level 60 toon, an Orc Shaman, and I am bored so no longer play except to test my program. I'm hoping the Burning Crusade catches my imagination. I've been into online games since Quake 1 and it's a bit sad not having one I am interested in.

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