Those of you who play RuneScape or World of Warcraft are likely well acquainted with a popular phishing technique that made its rounds over the past few years, or at least you would be if you took a gander through your spam filter. The email warns players that they’ve been caught either botting or engaging in real money trading, and that further cheating will add them to a list of John Does in a pending lawsuit. While the email links to a fake login page designed to steal your account information, you might be surprised to know that the body of the email itself is indeed legitimate, or I should say was originally written by a legitimate source. Jagex once filed lawsuit against cheaters, and it didn’t end in their favor. No, seriously. I reported on this way back when it initially happened, getting confirmation from Jagex and from the central district court of California where the lawsuit was filed. The email cites both a valid case file and … [Read more...] about In Plain English: The Curious Case Of Jagex V John Doe
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Here’s the million-dollar question of the day: What is John Smedley making for Amazon Game Studio’s San Diego branch? Ever since being handed the reins of a new sub-studio back in February with a bulk of his Pixelmage team, we’ve been intensely curious about whether Smedley is staying close to his MMO roots in his new project. Perhaps we might glean a few details from the job listings on Amazon’s site. The studio is looking for several positions for art, combat systems, and engineering, and there are a few bullet points in the job descriptions that hint at the project in question. One of the job descriptions has the best hint yet, with the position being tasked to “architect and develop the real time combat system for a cutting edge action multiplayer game.” Another intriguing entry mentions a “real time terrain deformation system based on physics simulation.” The descriptions also talks about working with “big ideas” and … [Read more...] about What’s John Smedley building for Amazon Game Studios?
World of Warcraft is arguably the most successful MMO so far in the genre’s history. It generates volumes of conversation and pages of internet discussions from MMORPG.com to WoWhead to the WoW forums to WoW’s Reddit. It’s a game that has, in one way or another, captivated the world for nearly 15 years. advertisement We had the opportunity to chat with World of Warcraft’s Executive Producer John Hight who has been with the team since 2016. We wanted to learn more about his background and his work on WoW. Read our exclusive interview.MMORPG: You have an extensive background in gaming having worked on some huge titles including God of War, Neverwinter Nights, Command & Conquer, etc. How did working on such a wide array of genres and titles benefit you in your current position?John Hight: During that whole time, working on all those games, I’ve always been a Blizzard fan. When I had just finished up work at 3DO, Warcraft came out, and I … [Read more...] about World of Warcraft: Meet Executive Producer John Hight
Final Fantasy XIV and Papa John’s Pizza have teamed up to bring you a sweet deal on your online pizza orders. Just use the code “FFXIV30” when ordering to get 30% off regular menu prices. The offer is available to all US-based online customers from now until June 30th. The good thing is that you don’t even have to be a Final Fantasy XIV player to take advantage of the offer. Heck, you don’t even have to be an MMO player at all. But since you’re reading this article, we’ll assume that you’re at least interested in MMOs. Enjoy your pizzas! And, don’t forget to check back here for more food… errr MMO-related content. FacebookTwitterReddit Related … [Read more...] about Get 30% Off Papa John’s Pizzas Courtesy Of Final Fantasy XIV
Is EverQuest and those who worked on the franchise cursed? I’m starting to think so. It seems no matter how hard those in charge of EverQuest try, they just can’t seem to do anything worthwhile with the franchise. Where are all those amazing virtual worlds created by those that have worked on EverQuest over the years? Nowhere to be found. The notion that the success of EverQuest was a fluke crosses my mind more and more these days. In 2016 Daybreak Games announced that they had cancelled EverQuest Next. And now the final act in the EverQuest Next long and tortured comedy of errors is about to transpire as Daybreak Games announced last week that Landmark will be closing. Feldon at EQ2Wire has penned an an exceptionally detailed and well-researched article about the downfall of EQ Next and Landmark that sheds a lot of light into the chronic dysfunction and rampant stupidity that plagued SOE. While reading his article, it quickly becomes evident that Dave Georgeson was a … [Read more...] about The Curse of EverQuest Continues as Daybreak Games Closes Landmark