This stuff needs to be talked about because eventually, all mmos will die off and become abandonware/obsolete.
So far that is normal, games die off, but with MMOS, when your game shuts down... it's over.
You will never be able to install the game and play it once again a few years down the road.
This is very important, because many gamers put a lot of effort and dedication into their characters and progression, and many even become emotionally attached to their game character. If the game suddenly and drastically changes or if it closes down, well... everything ends right there and then.
All that effort and time gets stored (maybe) into a backup closet, somewhere in an office building, and you will never again have it back.
Believe me, it hurts. It happened to me, so it could happen to any of you as well.
I think that companies should start releasing their own official
server-side software/emulators so that users can buy the software (not proposing giving anything away for free)
[/edit], still host and play the MMOs
(like a regular multiplayer rpg) once they close down or are permanently modified to newer versions.
Point is, they have ownership of their code, and they have the right to modify/close a game at any given moment. What we, as a gamer community need to start waking up to, is that they should not have the right of ownership of our characters/progression/effort. The time we put into our characters is not time worked for the gaming companies. We did it, the result of this effort is ours, and we should start claiming it as such.
[further edit]let me make it clear that in my question I refer to the following:
- a game or version of the game that has become extinct or obsolete
- the game company would SELL a copy of the required software, not give it away for free
- by being extinct or obsolete, the company has NO custumer
support/content providing obligations to the purchaser of the copy of
the software other than basic functional documentation (something like
- the purchaser should be aware of the limitations/problems of the
software and the terms of release of resposibility of support on the
- the purchaser would not be paying the company any monthly fees.
Read #3 again, there is nothing to pay for on a monthly basis. The purchaser only buys
a copy, the means, the "tool" to convert his defunct mmo into a
regular, user-hosted multiplayer game[/edit]