I hate being disappointed. I doubt I’m alone. In general, I try to temper my expectations and accept negative outcomes just as much as positive outcomes. But it doesn’t always work. One particular case is with Nerd Kingdom and TUG. I am very disappointed that TUG never really saw the light of day. The vision the Nerd Kingdom sold me in 2013 during its Kickstarter is one I’m still very much sold on. But it’s a pipe dream now as Nerd Kingdom, the company behind TUG, is no more. Nerd Kingdom’s parent company, IGG, dissolved the studio in May of 2019. Given the circumstances of how this game took money from the public and then went belly up within a few short years, I thought this would be a great topic for Lawful Neutral, so I went researching to try to figure out what exactly happened to Nerd Kingdom and where it all went so wrong. What I found disappointed me a second time, this time not because TUG never saw the light of day but because Nerd Kingdom was … [Read more...] about Lawful Neutral: TUG’s Nerd Kingdom is the Real Slim Shady
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Premier European digital media conference, Dmexco, is currently underway in Cologne. As global brands, publishers, and ad tech leaders meet to discuss opportunities and challenges in digital media, a new set of data protection laws proposed in the European Union have quickly become the hottest topic of discussion. This is your go-to guide for understanding the General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, and what it means for you. General Data Protection Regulation is the new regulatory framework that will replace the 1995 data protection directive, which has been around for two decades and in conjunction with national data laws, currently lays down stipulations for how businesses and public offices collect, store, and use personal user data in the European Union. In these two decades, the Internet-based economy has gone mainstream, changing how user data is captured and used by businesses — both in terms of size and scope, rendering the older directive largely obsolete. After … [Read more...] about GDPR Explainer: An Essential Guide to the New European Data Protection Laws
Hey gang! Welcome back for another thrilling adventure in Lawful Neutral, the column where I spend my evenings reading EULAs until my eyes bleed so that you don’t have to. You what’s the real bee’s knees right now? City of Heroes. Not bad for a game that’s been shut down for six and a half years. The amount of drama and articles generated over the last 72 hours about this game is pretty damn impressive. Also exhausting (just ask our Editor-in-Chief, who’s not getting much sleep right about now!). But yes, the source code, more or less, for CoH has been released to the wild. What that effectively means is that in a matter of weeks or months, gamers around the global could have a functioning – but rogue – CoH server available to play on. But should you play on it is an entirely different question from can you play on it. Today we are going to explore the NCsoft EULA for City of Heroes as we try to answer the question: Can you … [Read more...] about Lawful Neutral: Is it safe to play on City of Heroes’ inevitable rogue servers?
Welcome friends to the inaugural post of Lawful Neutral on Massively OP. I’m Andy, but you know me better as Serrenity, writer of comments too long by half and not nearly as clever as I hope. I’ve been wanting to up my writing game for a while, so when the call went out, I decided to put my money where my mouth was, or in this case, put my mouth where my money is – but that sounds like a great way to RL version of the blood boil disease so… moving on. I thought I would kick off my column with everyone’s favorite MMORPG, Fortnite and the flurry of copyright lawsuits brought against Epic Games. Fortnite isn’t any stranger to causing angst for copycatting something that’s already successful. Bluehole, the creator of PUBG, was upset with Epic for allegedly copying PUBG with its own battle royale mode for Fortnite. While nothing ever came from Bluehole legal-wise, it certainly set the tone for Epic Games. Following the wild success of Fortnite, Epic … [Read more...] about Lawful Neutral: Dancing around Fortnite’s copyright lawsuits
We’re taking a time-machine back through our MMO coverage, month by month, to hit the highlights and frame our journey before we head into 2019! You might think that August, having birthed Battle for Azeroth, would have been the bombshell month for 2018, but you’d be wrong. It was in fact September, which saw the announcement that EVE Online and CCP Games had been bought out by Black Desert’s Pearl Abyss, the news that THQ Nordic had bought the rights to and abandoned MMO Project Copernicus, the revelation that WildStar and Carbine were being shut down, and the report that Daybreak had seen major investment from a benefactor aiming to use it to build mobile games and an e-sports empire. And that was all just on September 6th! The rest of the month was no slouch either; we learned that another Lord of the Rings MMO is in the works, Boundless launched, Belgium began its criminal investigation over lockboxes, and MassivelyOP itself got a major website overhaul. … [Read more...] about MMO Year in Review: Literally the biggest news day in MMO history (September 2018)