It’s pretty difficult to keep software that is developed with interpreted languages from being readable by others, particularly so if you are sharing it with them
That’s not the same as it being open source free (edited: there is also proprietary Open Source software) though. There is proprietary software that requires a license to use, but has visible/readable source.
It would be difficult to enforce on an individual user basis, though. Especially in the form of something such as a WoW AddOn.
As far as I know, there was a function to automate something having to do with the /who API that was disabled.
I don’t think this was done to intentionally prevent it from working (which the changed didn’t/doesn’t do), but it prevented the automation, which (I recall someone claiming somewhere, but don’t have a reference, so take this with a grain of salt) apparently caused a lot of network traffic, and server load, which resulted in lag for players.
I believe that was actually related to the LFG addon, though the concensus addon used the same function call.
Demand full money back for ruining classic this is not what classic is this is not what we were supposed to have. This is called making items worth absolutely nothing and giving bots on big servers even more room to screw us over. Golf Clap now give me my 6 months cash back for this BS you have bestowed upon our once great community. Sorry you guys couldnt get your IQ’s together and didnt allow ppl to server transfer to my already full server Golf Clap real big thinkers over there at the headquarters.
While you’re accurately stating that, it also isn’t that simple. Blizzard was also concerned about the tourist problem - the players that play Retail that also wanted to stop by to see and experience Classic.
I, myself, was a tourist to just see the game for a bit then went back to Retail (since I played Classic when it was just Warcraft).
There was no right or wrong way to do the balancing. If they set population caps of 1750 accounts H and 1750 accounts alliance per server, what happens if I want my friend to come play? We’re at the account cap.
Do you have a dynamic account cap that’s the last 7-28 days? How do you communicate to the players that X realm has X slots available?
Does the account cap count everyone who has even made a character? (So, for example, if I had a bunch of friends that played retail and I played H on a server, could I just have them all make level 1 characters as Alliance on the server to skew the population cap?)
You’re actually getting the most authentic Classic experience, really. The slowly skewing servers (this happened in regular WoW too, look at Cho’gall) it’s just amplified now.
Back in 2005, information just didn’t flow like it does now.
And while I do see the complains about mega servers, they do have servers without layers that you could transfer to, if you were so inclined to have the “more authentic” experience you desire.
I think that’s the best balance Blizzard can strike. Servers with layers (with the option to transfer off of them) to servers without layers.
Yes, i dislike layering, and somewhat dislike the notion of paid transfers at the discretion of the players.
But like I said, there were actually various ways that Blizz could have tried to change some things. (Instead, I think they wanted to watch it all unfold organically and not try to put their hands in it too much. Can’t fault them for hoping social dynamics can influence itself.)
However, they could have had meetings with previous private/pirate server hosters and tried to find out things like:
What did you guys learn? What did we do right? What did we do wrong? How was faction balance/imbalance affecting the gameplay experience on your pservers? What would you have wanted to do differently?
I can’t fathom the notion that a multi-billion dollar company did not think about these things, and/or open talks with the previous hosts of Nost/Northdale/Lights Hope etc.
Either way, here we are. Classic has been very fun in many respects. It has also been very frustrating in a few.
Still waiting on my refund for breaking classic wow for me. I cant get world buffs i cant see half the people in world im talking to. People are disappearing when i try to kill them in pvp items are dropping to a all time low. Let me know when you wana send me my money back ill give you my credit card. I didnt ask for layers i asked for classic.
I was on a server that was fine. Blizzard changed something that didnt need to be changed understand? They were the cause and effect. Nothing at all has to do with the original players on whitemane everyone else after the fact can KICK ROCKS and GTFO of our server.
Possibly, but the private server community is a fraction of the WoW community. This isn’t private servers, thankfully. Whether the types of changes that were made to private servers were good changes is subjective, though possibly not completely orthogonal to the discussion, since there obviously have been changes to WoW Classic in comparison to original Vanilla WoW, not least of which is layering, the current main topic of this thread.
So, my personal opinion is that the team should be doing their best to deliver as authentic an experience as possible, i.e. as true to the original as possible, but that too seems to be a somewhat subjective ideal to aim for.
So, things like larger population caps, a modern WoW client, and layering particularly deviate from the supposed goal of delivering as authentic an experience as possible.
Nope it was actually fine. Then blizzard allowed free transfers to our PERFECTLY FINE SERVER. THEREFORE WE HAD NO ISSUES TILL BLIZZARD WANTED TO DUMP SOME KIDS ON OUR SERVER FOR SOME REASON??? ONLY GOD KNOWS
Yeah just transfer off the server your guild is on, your friends are on, and start over riding the bench on some raid team or pugging while you watch someone’s 3rd alt get rag loot while you only need 1 item in MC.
Applying to guilds doesn’t guarantee your raid spot or guarantee the guild doesn’t have problems that only being there a few weeks would show. Blizzard and most people who play this game admit it’s largely social. I’m meme’ing that “just transfer off” is a low effort answer.