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Monthly Archives: November 2005
New Game Server!
Wa-hoo! We now have a new game server for BF2!
It is a 24 player server on the 16 player maps, so we only need 6 people to get it started! Catch you on the battlefield Soldier!
You can catch the status or see if your favorite map is playing now by checking the BF2 server status above. Click the link under the ICON to see if your buds are online now!
At least to our United States Members.
I know that I am thankfull this holiday season. I ask you this question, how about you? I know if you are reading this, you have a few blessings whether you think of them or not. Happy Holidays.
Gekozen enters Raid Alliance with NRC and Lawless
As the members of Gekozen have noticed, many folks are reaching level 60 and wondering what to do after the level grind is over. Many members want to see the end game content. With this in mind I have contacted the leaders of Northrend Cartel and Lawless guilds, and they have agreed to bring us into their raiding alliance. But I need your feedback? Visit the Gekozen forums and tell me what you think.
You may be wondering why our website has been unavailable for the last day or so. Unfortunately, the server we were on decided to have a massive Raid meltdown. Given two choices of restoring the backup or trying to rebuild the massive Raid system, we chose to go with yesterdays backup.
Some forums posts will be missing and the review I spent two hours on yesterday is also gone. That will teach me to make a local copy. Everything should be back to normal.
More DRM Goodness
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has posted a listing of all of the CDs that are believed to have Sonys wonderful (full sarcasm there) rootkit DRM. While the list may not be exhaustive the site instructs you in how to identify these tainted disks when browsing at your local music store.
You also want to make sure that you turn off autorun before you use one of these CDs in you computer.
Thanks to BoingBoing for the link.
Nov 13th Instance Day!
On November 13th, Gekozen will have its first instance day. If you have quests in any dungeon, sign up in the Gekozen forums and well see if we can help you out.
If you need access to the Gekozen, send Skorch a Private Message.
Sony DRM + WoW = Hax!
Atomm reported on the Sony/BMG “rootkit” DRM software problems a few days ago. What he didnt tell you was that enterprising World of Warcraft hackers have figured out that you can use the loopholes created by the DRM software to hide your hacks from “The Warden” – Blizzards anti-cheat program which is controversial in its own right. You can read the small article on the matter here.
Thanks to BoingBoing for the link
Bart-lefield 2: Simpson Combat
Top publisher Electronic Arts has announced that it is the new holder of the rights to create videogames based on the hugely successful The Simpsons franchise, with a next-generation title already in the pipeline.
More can be found at www.gamesindustry.biz
Linux worm targets PHP packages
In the grand world of keeping systems patched, Windows users are usually singled out for failing to keep their boxes up to date. But the phenomenom of users continuing to use software containing known vulnerabilities is hardly something peculiar to Microsoft. Thats why virus writers have gotten together and done something quite rare: theyve written a worm that targets Linux systems. And its finding targets. [To read more Geek.com]
Sony/BMG Patching Music CDs
Now I am really pissed off. If you havent heard, Sony/BMG has started including software that can bypass all security systems on Windows in order to prevent you from making a legitimate copy of your legally bought music. While this is nothing new, it has allowed game cheaters to bypass cheat detection software completely.
What does Sony/BMG do? In the grand fashion of Microsoft, they released a patch. Think about that for a minute. They released a patch for software embedded in music CDs. What the hell is this world coming to when you have to run a patch for a simple music CD? When are the idiots that are running the music industry going to learn the harder they push, the more they will alienate their customers and complicate matters. I really wish someone would hurry up and come up with an Internet based record label that understands how the music industry could thrive through digital music delivery. These idiots deserve to go out of business.
Alright, I am going to bed. Enough rambling tonight….
Glad I Dont Live In China
When you think about it, everything in this world is screwed up. I could find something wrong with every game, every company, heck even every part of the government. However, as screwed up as things are in the good ole US of A, I am glad I dont live in China.
Take a look at this quote. It is from an article examining the Financial statement of the company that has licensed World of Warcraft in China.
â€œThe online game industry in China is highly regulated by the Chinese government. Various regulatory authorities of the Chinese central government, such as the State Council, the State Press and Publication Administration, the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Public Security, are empowered to issue and implement regulations governing various aspects of the online games industry.â€œ
Come on! Its a freaking game for f#$*s sake. Ministry of Culture? What do a bunch of old bald mao se tung communist bastards know about the youth of their country?
To make matters worse, check out this quote.
“Although private sector Internet service providers currently exist in China, almost all access to the Internet is maintained through state−owned telecommunication operators under the administrative control and regulatory supervision of Chinaâ€™s Ministry of Information Industry. In addition, the national networks in China connect to the Internet through government−controlled international gateways. These government−controlled international gateways are the only channel through which a domestic Chinese user can connect to the international Internet network.”
Does it scare you that these are the same guys who are pushing to get the UN control of the Internet from ICANN? It should.
So where am I going with all this? Hell, I dont even know, but as much as things are screwed up around here, it still looks a lot better than the crap going on the opposite side of the Earth. My only hope is someday, gamers of China will come to power and put an end to this monopolist regimes control of its people. Wouldnt that be a hoot? I can only image explaining to my grandson some day about the fall of communist China being brought about due to the rise of power of gamers.
While Im at it, China Gamers, I love your enthusiasm, but your government sucks.
Free Tibet! Long Live The Republic of Taiwan! YEAH!