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While, every MMORPG.com admin will freely back me up that I have never posted anything about free shards information on this shard.
I submit this observation.
While you Admin poster of MMORPG.com post a very harsh sticky posting.
Is it not a bit funny that at the recent Los Angeles Townhall Meeting, Binky the public relations person for all things Ultima Online, admitted to playing free shards to check them out and compare notes. Then he went on to comment about the tough thing about running free shards is the cost involved, he then parlayed that comment in a we should be thankful that UO has a working Dev crew who supports UO. Binky commented about the cost involved for free shards was what he read or heard talk of from the admin who were hosting those free shards.
Nowhere in Binky's comments did he say free shards were a bad thing, they simply were a thing that existed and no where did Binky say they were busy rooting out those who host free shards and seeking to shut them down. Or that there was any intention.
As well a lot of people can see with their inherent slowness in shutting down Unattended macroing of skills and harvesting of items in game, as well as their slowness in combatting exploits or correcting the damaging effects those exploits have waylaid entire shards, and the entire game since there is character transfer now.
I think its a bit funny that mmorpg.com would make such statements, whereas the official people of UO do not make such harsh statements about free shards.
I supose MMORPG.com has to present the image to remain in the possible good graces of EA in all possible ways to prevent the burning of any bridge that might hinder in some uknown way in the future.
I am just presenting how funny it was to read that sticky whenI know full well the actions of EA and UO Developers themselves. SO I supose in some way I'm just laffing at you MMORPG.com. On the other hand, I'm also sorrowfully sad at the state of Ultima Online that it has come to that way with thier utter lack and indifference to a MMORPG that they have operated for so many years and is badly hurting and I have recently come to the conclusion that Ultima Online should just be turned off completely.