There is a case before the German Supreme Court between Blizard, the publisher
of World Of Warcraft and Bossland, a company that develops and sells bots that
can play World Of Warcraft on auto-pilot. Most notably the Honorbuddy sotware
that Bossland sells allows World Of Warcraft players to play the game on
automatic while they are eating their supper, watching TV, or even if they have
gone to sleep for the night.
This means that World Of Warcraft players can keep the game going for many more
hours than their opponents and playing tons of hours seven days a week, a player
can actually accumulate enough assets, (in-game rewards), to trade to other players
and even sell for a 100% profit.
Of course, Blizzard says that the bot maker, Bossland, is interfering with their
business, damaging it’s profits, and spoiling the game for those that do not buy
Bossland, the bot maker, says that their software is just an add-on or plugin
just like many applications online utilize. Bossland says that their software
adds to the game and makes it more fun for the players.
So, it is up the the Supreme Court of Germany and although the courts decision will
only directly affect German, it’s decision could certainly influence all courts in
the European Union.
Well, until the news broke that Sony sold ‘Sony Online Entertainment’ to an
investment firm named Columbus Nova, which renamed ‘Sony Online Entertainment’
to Daybreak Game Company. Sony Online Entertainment was a game developer which
released popular titles, such as, EverQuest, PlanetSide, DC Universe Online
and the recently released H1Z1.
A statement from John Smedley, president of Daybreak Game Company:
“We are excited to join Columbus Nova’s impressive roster of
companies. “They have a proven track record in similar and
related industries and we are eager to move forward to see
how we can push the boundaries of online gaming. We will
continue to focus on delivering exceptional games to players
around the world, as well as bringing our portfolio to new
platforms, fully embracing the multi-platform world in
which we all live.”
Supposedly, with this new independent games studio, they will develop their
titles for Xbox and mobile, rather than just Playstation and PCs.
UPDATE: It has come to my attention that John Smedley been let go because
he got into feud with a hacker that was known to have the skill to hurt
business. Russell Shanks, the company’s former COO, will take up his position.
Just search this blog for ‘smedley’.
Some more guys that thought they could get away with it are not facing
prison time. Seventeen people were arrested in a Rhode Island investigation
by Rhode Island State Police, federal and local officers.
The entire investigation was eight months in the making and some of it is
still ongoing. The professional athletes involved according to foxnews
“Chris Costantino, 24, of Warwick, was a pitcher drafted by the Boston Red Sox in 2009 and Sean Furney, also 24 and from Warwick, signed as a free agent with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2013. Both face organized criminal gambling and conspiracy charges.”
A local news agency reported that Timothy Moretti, a 46-year-old from Cranston,
is one of the alleged ringleaders for the gambling operation. Moretti is a
former prison guard turned mobster. He faces bookmaking, organized criminal
gambling, conspiracy and probation violation charges.
This bust follows a billion dollar international illegal gambling ring bust
just a few months ago that spanned from New York to Oklahoma. This seems to
be the remnants of the old mafia in New England states of Massachusetts,
New York, and Rhode Island. The last of the big mafia bosses, The Teflon
Don, from Boston was jailed years ago.
“Mumble is a voice over IP (VoIP) application primarily designed for use by gamers, similar to programs such as TeamSpeak and Ventrilo. Mumble uses a client–server architecture which allows users to talk to each other via the same server. It has a very simple administrative interface and features high sound quality and low latency. All communication is encrypted to ensure user privacy.” ~wikipedia.org
I could not have said it better myself. I know quite a few gamers that have
experimented with different chat programs and most of them stick with Mumble.
If you are not familiar with chat programs, you should know that most of them
will integrate with whatever game you are playing.
There are other chat programs that are very popular, such as, Skype, Razer Comms,
TeamSpeak, and RaidCall, but Mumble is said to be the easiest to use, with great
voice quality, and good administrative options.
Mumble is completely free as client software and as server software. It does not
cost you one cent to use it. Mumble is also open source and cross-platform so
it works on a variety of operating systems. The program is lightweight in that
it does not use a lot of your precious CPU or RAM.