You think Steam is bad try Reddit. I know Reddit's game sites are being manipulated but no where near as bad as Youtube where reviewers get paid to promote a game. Steam is actually pretty innocent by comparison.
Would like to see an mmorpg breed and raise pets like an EA sims game but alas there is nothing out there that even tries. Just finding a pet heavy game, where they don't follow you around as useless cosmetics or are forced on you in a skill line, is close to impossible. I played Mabinogi for years just because pets. Pets would make the big moneys if corporate had a clue - big clue: Pokemon franchise. Dumb corporate. Dummer investors.
when is the last time someone got prosecuted for a private server?
copyright laws should not be toyed with
you are not going to get off the hook by telling the judge you are autistic/underage/computer_coding_prodigy
making it free wont save/protect you
if this is real they need a lawyer fast - they need to get it copyrighted in their name - legalize it before EA sees what you have done - get advice to find out if it can be done or if EA still holds copyright - worst case scenario you might have to change the graphics to look like aliens/pigs/zombies/purple-people instead of human "sims" which could get around EA's copyright
I don't support indie crowdfunders but if they hit the market with a respectable paymodel I'll invest. I've got an eye on Ashes of Creation atm. If it delivers it might be nice. Any unreleased mmo caught your eye?