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I wanted to share my views on private / emulators for MMOS and how it could be a good thing for the player and the companies that developed the game. Like any other business they are in it to make money, but when a game like “Star War Galaxies”, “Warhammer online” and “Tabula Rasa” are no longer generating the revenue the companies needs or want, the game is shut down. This brings up the down side of playing an MMORPG, when a game is no longer hosted the fan base can no longer play the game and for many that can be a little heart breaking. I have always wondered why, when a game is no longer hosted by the companies / publishers they don’t package up the server hosting software and make it available for sale the fan based that still wants to play the title. This why the company can still make a profit on a game that has died by selling the server and client side software. This would require very little upkeep on the companies behalf, all they would have to do is set up a small online store to handle the transactions of the server software and development tools for player generated content used by their development to for digital downloads. From a business point of view this would still allow a dead project / game to still generate revenue for them with very little over head.
They can still have a legal way to play their favorite game with their friends.
Allows people to host their own server
Keep discontinued games alive.
By hosting your own server you are the tech support.
Must administer and moderate your own server.
No technical support from the company (unless they choose to provide such a service)
Business / Publishers PROS:
The company can still make a profit from a discontinued game.
Build player loyalty by allowing the community to ability to do this. By winning public relation points with the community will increases popularity with their organization.
Once the logistic has been setup this approach will generate money with very little upkeep.
Business / Publishers CONS:
They will need to setup a way to package the server / client side software to work in this new model.
Host an online store / digital downs web site
Package up development tools used to that the owners of a private server can add new content.
This is just my thoughts on this topic; I would really like to see companies of dead MMOS allow us (The players) the ability to keep our favorite game alive as long as we flip the bill for it. Let’s face it, the company that produces the game is in it for the money, the player is in it to have fun and enjoy the product. Without the player there is no company and without the companies there are no games to play. So let try out the one team one fight approach, so that both sides can get what they want out of this deal.
If you would like to know one game that has done this approach (Not an MMORPG) and has been very successful, take a look at a game called “Neverwinter Nights 1 & 2”. When the game was shipped it had everything needed to host a server, build new modules and player the game. More games need to be made like that.