United States and British government agents have been monitoring fantasy games like World of Warcraft and Second Life, as well as the Xbox Live platform since 2008.
Based on a fear that World of Warcraft, Second Life, and Xbox Live could be used by enemies to communicate, move money, or clandestinely plot attacks, United States (NSA) and British (GCHQ) government agents created characters and accounts to snoop on its users and gain information where possible.
The NSA paper said extracting communications data from World of Warcraft, Second Life, and Xbox Live would be necessary because users are able to communicate anonymously.
Through the information collecting efforts, it was discovered that some World of Warcraft subscribers were in fact “telecom engineers, embassy drivers, scientists, the military, and other intelligence agencies,” the documents show.
Blizzards response was “We are unaware of any surveillance taking place. If it was, it would have been done without our knowledge or permission,” the representative said.
Microsoft has stated “We’re not aware of any surveillance activity. If it has occurred as reported, it certainly wasn’t done with our consent,” A Microsoft spokesperson said.
Second Life has not made a response yet.
Major Pathfinder Update
Goblinworks blogs have been rather busy lately.
They have been reworking game mechanics, most recently the enchanting system and magic.
A new gameplay video was released
And in a recent blog, one of the devs explains that game game is halfway done.
“Hard to believe it has been a full year already. But when I fire up the game client and look at the work in progress, I’m also blown away by how far we’ve come in such a short time. We’re a little bit past the halfway point of development before Early Enrollment and we are now starting to really dig in on implementing the first, skeletal game systems that will be the foundation of the Crowdforging to come.”
On December 6th a letter was posted from Webzen that Archlord would be closing on January 1st because of the new Archlord 2 launch.
When Archlord 2 will be out in the west has not been announced.
Servers will have a 400% EXP and Item Drop event up to the games closing.
MMO Flashback: Archlord http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPKKFgGBKXA
The game was released in October 2006 in North America and Europe and sucked real bad. In August 2007, ArchLord became free-to-play and seemed to do well. It spawned seven expansions and has had a sequel released in Korea just last month on October 18th.