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I'd be really excited about the microsoft meltdown event except for two keypoints:

#1 - i'm not a game developer.  thats pretty much a prerequisite to attendance or so i would assume.

#2 - Keynote is done by Blizzard.  And personally, as a developer, blizzard blows.  dont get me wrong, i'm first in line to buy their products.  But when the head honcho wants to come to an event and speak to developers, while he is at the same time seeking legal action against developers, well...that just seems kind of silly to me.(http://www.eff.org/IP/Emulation/Blizzard_v_bnetd/20020408_eff_bnetd_pr.html)  I'm a firm believer in digital rights, such that, as an aforementioned developer, I'm pretty casual to the idea of getting paid each week.  However, these legally targeted group of guys did nothing but reverse engineer battle.net so that they can run the server on a platform of their own choosing.  For instance, say you wanna have a bunch of guys over for a lan (and dont we all); wouldnt it be great to just play locally?  Sure it would and bnet does that for you.  They're not selling this product for profit, by the way.  And what happens to the service if Blizzard decides one day...“ahhh...screw it, shut off the diablo world“?  Wouldn't it be great if you had an independent server that you could pop up and get your old-school diablo fix?  Well blizzard doesnt like that idea.  Blizzard fancies the ideal of suing their own community.  You think they'd learn from ID software;s brave support for the independent developer, but i guess not.
This is one topic where i feel that you have to decide, for yourself, what falls within digital rights and what constitutes infringement.  Personally, I think I'd skip the keynote and watch Batman Begins again.

 

 

Posted on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 8:25 PM | Back to top


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well yeah... #1 does kinda make the rest of it pretty pointless.

As for #2, you neglect to mention that the bootleg Bnet also does not do any serial key validation, which means it's wide open for pirated copies to play all they want. Pretty sure Blizzard has the right to defend against that. (Yes I know, they asked Blizzard for the algos to handle the CD-keys... but that's part of their livelihood... I wouldn't give it up either.)
Left by Chris on Jun 22, 2005 9:53 PM

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Chris, one thing you left out is the social networking aspect of going to conferences. Imagine the people you are going to meet (and other "doors" will probably open up to you because of knowing these new people).

I'm looking at going and social networking is one of the main motivators for me. For instance, I know quite a number of the DirectX team will be there and I for one would like to meet a couple of them :).
Left by Jason Olson on Jun 22, 2005 10:18 PM

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Of course, not being a game developer basically blows the whole premise of the conference out of the water for you anyways :).
Left by Jason Olson on Jun 22, 2005 10:19 PM

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yeah...i sometimes wish that i had jumped into gaming. its an exciting time for development. great tools and awesome hardware. i envy you guys. :)
Left by Daniel Woolston on Jun 22, 2005 11:57 PM

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