Chinese Gamers Blockade MMO

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Chinese Gamers Blockade MMO

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A remake of Hot-Blooded Legend, considered a classic videogame in China, was blockaded by disgruntled fans on its launch.

The Legend Returns is a remake of the classic Chinese videogame Hot-Blooded Legend, a classic Chinese MMO. The remake was billed as a having the 'flavor' of the original, but fans quickly discovered that that was not the case and microtransations seeemd to be the order of business.

Feeling slighted by what they described as publisher Shanda's 'false advertising', they organized an in-game protest and as the game went live at 2pm on August 28th, thousands of players blockaded the entrances to the game's various cities, preventing other players from entering.

The game admins quickly retaliated and transported charcters either to patches of wilderness far from the cities, or into what is called the 'Black Room'.

A Chinese blogger summed up the feelings of the protestors in a blog post: "...things are different in <The Legend Returns>. There are commercial stores in which you can buy anything that you want as long as you have RMB (the real currency of China). As long as you spend money, you can get promoted even if you don't fight the monsters and you can live a life of leisure."

"It is no wonder that the netizens are protesting: In a virtual world in which real-world money means everything and actual ability counts for nothing, what embodies the values of life?"

Source: Boing Boing

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LOL EPIC!

Makes Runescape look unpopulated and you can see tumbleweeds

this angers me changing a remake of a game is really annoying I probably would have joined them I prefer games (like gunz) where skill is greater than level and even if you dont pay you can be wayyyyy batter than those who do, grrrrrr

Lets hear it for the chinese gamers!

This was epic on so many levels...

Very clever. It's a virtual picket line!

Death to the capitalist internet pigs!

This is rather awesome and really well organise, I tip my cap to theses Chinese

Wow. Chinese people finally get an MMO they're allowed to play and it sucks. Typical, isn't it?

Microtransaction based RPGs do seem to be getting progressively worse as time goes on.

scnj:
Wow. Chinese people finally get an MMO they're allowed to play and it sucks. Typical, isn't it?

I think that Aion in China is doing really, really well.

Doe's this remind anyone of the Habbo hotel incident? without the racism of course.

All we needed there were the tanks rolling up on them. Good stuff, were the leaders taken out back and shot, as per usual in China?

That wouldnt work in runescape. You can just walk through people. "I dont care If you're protesting,I've gotta smelt some iron!"

Now I want to do the same in the next MMO I get. Anyways, this is epic on so many levels. I wonder what the Black Room looks like?

See, we should do that in these big MMOs that pull this $15 a month stuff on us. I'm pretty sure the "it upholds servers" argument became useless when Guild Wars became popular.

So... this is what some people do in their spare time...

scnj:
Wow. Chinese people finally get an MMO they're allowed to play and it sucks. Typical, isn't it?

Aren't "micro-transactions" just the norm in most MMO's nowadays? Even free ones allow the option...

Jon Etheridge:
So... this is what some people do in their spare time...

My thoughts exactly...wouldn't it have been better to just not play the game at all?

Hell hath no fury like internet gamers scorned.

oppp7:
See, we should do that in these big MMOs that pull this $15 a month stuff on us. I'm pretty sure the "it upholds servers" argument became useless when Guild Wars became popular.

Yeah....guild wars isnt exactly that big, and doesnt have the same amount of updates or content as a proper mmo, the servers dont need holding up. Yes proper mmo, as in one that isnt completely instanced and where the world is seamless and everyone exists at the same time, GW is pretty much just a "people join server to play with a group or you can play solo" game. The town being the lobby and the outside world being the segregated servers, it pretty much is an mmo in the same sense Diablo 2 is an mmo, just you can run around in the lobby instead of being in a chatroom.

Besides if you'd like to tell me a way of making wow free to play without the servers melting and the same amount of content being provided be my guest.

Pool's closed.

Jon Etheridge:
So... this is what some people do in their spare time...

Says the guy who sat around and invented the concept of Cuddles the cat. :p

elvor0:

oppp7:
See, we should do that in these big MMOs that pull this $15 a month stuff on us. I'm pretty sure the "it upholds servers" argument became useless when Guild Wars became popular.

Yeah....guild wars isnt exactly that big, and doesnt have the same amount of updates or content as a proper mmo, the servers dont need holding up. Yes proper mmo, as in one that isnt completely instanced and where the world is seamless and everyone exists at the same time, GW is pretty much just a "people join server to play with a group or you can play solo" game. The town being the lobby and the outside world being the segregated servers, it pretty much is an mmo in the same sense Diablo 2 is an mmo, just you can run around in the lobby instead of being in a chatroom.

But if they just lowered the price to $5 a month they could still update a lot. Guild Wars does update, and it's not that small. And what's wrong with a completely instanced game? I hate kill stealers/player killers in 2Moons. Having outposts as the only things shared with other people is the only part I don't mind.

"YOU SHALL NOT PASS!"

pool's closed?

oppp7:

elvor0:

oppp7:
See, we should do that in these big MMOs that pull this $15 a month stuff on us. I'm pretty sure the "it upholds servers" argument became useless when Guild Wars became popular.

Yeah....guild wars isnt exactly that big, and doesnt have the same amount of updates or content as a proper mmo, the servers dont need holding up. Yes proper mmo, as in one that isnt completely instanced and where the world is seamless and everyone exists at the same time, GW is pretty much just a "people join server to play with a group or you can play solo" game. The town being the lobby and the outside world being the segregated servers, it pretty much is an mmo in the same sense Diablo 2 is an mmo, just you can run around in the lobby instead of being in a chatroom.

But if they just lowered the price to $5 a month they could still update a lot. Guild Wars does update, and it's not that small. And what's wrong with a completely instanced game? I hate kill stealers/player killers in 2Moons. Having outposts as the only things shared with other people is the only part I don't mind.

Because it defeats the point of it being a big world full of people if they're all stuck in little segregated cages. I'm not saying GW is a bad game, I personally dont enjoy it because I find the combat to be a little icky, but it's a good game, I just think it could be alot better if it was all one world and not instanced. Besides, $15 is a negligible amount really. I know GW does update, but it's still not as big or as much as fully fledged mmos.

elvor0:

oppp7:

elvor0:

oppp7:
See, we should do that in these big MMOs that pull this $15 a month stuff on us. I'm pretty sure the "it upholds servers" argument became useless when Guild Wars became popular.

Yeah....guild wars isnt exactly that big, and doesnt have the same amount of updates or content as a proper mmo, the servers dont need holding up. Yes proper mmo, as in one that isnt completely instanced and where the world is seamless and everyone exists at the same time, GW is pretty much just a "people join server to play with a group or you can play solo" game. The town being the lobby and the outside world being the segregated servers, it pretty much is an mmo in the same sense Diablo 2 is an mmo, just you can run around in the lobby instead of being in a chatroom.

But if they just lowered the price to $5 a month they could still update a lot. Guild Wars does update, and it's not that small. And what's wrong with a completely instanced game? I hate kill stealers/player killers in 2Moons. Having outposts as the only things shared with other people is the only part I don't mind.

Because it defeats the point of it being a big world full of people if they're all stuck in little segregated cages. I'm not saying GW is a bad game, I personally dont enjoy it because I find the combat to be a little icky, but it's a good game, I just think it could be alot better if it was all one world and not instanced. Besides, $15 is a negligible amount really. I know GW does update, but it's still not as big or as much as fully fledged mmos.

Feh, I guess it depends on the player. I prefer instances without other people because it cuts down on player killing and kill stealing. I wouldn't mind it that much, but non instanced gameplay causes $15 a month for server upkeep, which in turn keeps me from playing a lot of MMOs. I'm pretty sure mot of that money isn't going towards upgrades and downloads, just upkeep.

thats pretty funny gj chinamen :P

I kind of want to make some terrible (and probably slightly offensive) joke about China's history of protests, but I will not. Instead: a poem I will comment on how impressed I am, that a games community would all gather together in protest. I doubt many other games could pull that sort of thing of.

Not the first time something like this has happened. In Star Wars Galaxies, player protested a major update by forming picket lines around starting areas to protest, encouraging newcomers to quit.

if you dont like it why buy the game

Hypocrites. They're just like their government.

Wow, go them. That takes some dedication.

And I've heard people call the Chinese weak-willed...
This is also why I think subsctiption-based MMOs is overall a kinder model.

Jon Etheridge:
So... this is what some people do in their spare time...

Well what else would you suggest to pass the time? Create your own web cartoon series?

...wait

ThePeiceOfEden:
LOL EPIC!

Makes Runescape look unpopulated and you can see tumbleweeds

Well, considering they have about 1/1000 of the people they say they do, I'm not surprised.

The Chinese gamers are REFUSING to play one of the few games their government allows? Surely you jest!

I wouldn't mind a way of doing it where you can buy lavish things, but a huge mansion, whatever in a game by using real money. The only exception would be leveling, you shouldn't be able to buy that, but think about it, you could be a King or something, live a life of luxury, but you'd pay for it by being very weak if you're not also leveling up. So, somebody could easily kill and loot you. I dunno.

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