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bonesnaps

If anything they should legislate making the game's code open source if the business goes under / the servers go down permanently. This way the community can take over.


Levo_Star

I'd like to sign your petition. If a game is defunct I don't see why not. I'm sure there is some hypothetical argument on why it's a bad idea but I'm going to admit I don't care about it.


ficarra1002

The issue is usually they use third party libraries that can't be released like that


salivating_sculpture

Would that mean companies are legally required to keep their own source code? What if they lose it?


LKMarleigh

many games have announced closure and stopped being available for sale, can't think of any that closed down while still being for sale


comradesean

Quite a few have, actually. Very recently we've had Might and Magic IX, which is a single player game but relied on a digital server to verify it was a registered version, being sold for months after it was impossible to journey past the first chapter.


Rankerhowl99

It's actually still for sale and impossible to progress without user made patches/workarounds, with no official response from Ubisoft on the matter.


Jacques_Plantir

>If the servers are going to shut down, then it may be because it's not generating enough revenue to justify the server costs. If you also stop selling it, what little it earns will be gone, and keeping the servers up will be even more difficult, so, you can't just announce that a year before and stop selling it, if you're tight on money it's not manageable. Yes, server shutdowns are usually the result of diminishing revenue. But companies trafficking in online games know that almost every title will eventually go offline, even if it sees success for many years. If they're being responsible, they'll have structured their business model such that it will allow for possible eventual shutdown costs, or account for reduced shutdown income. They build that cushion into their financial projections. If they decide that their mid-to-long term outlook is not looking like the server will remain profitable, then a few more months of low sales (before a secret, abrupt shutdown) aren't going to make a difference. Instead, the right move is to announce a reasonable buffer zone...3-ish months or so. And during that time, either the game is pulled from circulation, or they drop the price to a sale, and VERY CLEAR and FRONT-END messaging is displayed, noting that it'll only still be going for a few months. If a company decides not to prepare for the borderline eventuality that the servers will shut down some day, and instead they elect to wring every possible dollar out of unknowing consumers, before abruptly closing the servers, then they deserve no pity or consideration, imo.


JMW_BOYZ

I think they should stop selling the moment the server closure is announced.


dawaetouk

Game designer here. As far as I'm aware (at least in the country where I'm from), companies do not obliged by law to stop selling prior to server shut down. However, for a responsible company, they usually issue notice to players prior to server shut down and will offer a refund period for new players. ​ It's indeed a benefit for players if they're allowed to set up their own server, however, most of the companies won't do it because it could do harm to their business. For example, if they want to publish a sequence for the title, they wouldn't want players to have much room to be creative so they can keep the ideas to themselves. ​ Furthermore, if they want to allow player to create their own server, companies will have to share part of them source code to the players, and also implement a new system/gateway to allow players to do so. If their game has already gone under water, it'd be impracticable for companies to spend more funds to implement the new system/gateway.


Kapral34

Empress. not so long ago, there was a physical cheating device on the net that was impossible to trace and that worked on all games. It was an electronic Aim Bot. But the developer was forced to stop selling. This device could kill all online games. Ser Vision Pro device names


neueza

Games dependent on a server without software to host that server yourself shouldn't be sold *at all* and everything else is fair game


-InfinityGoddess-

you are telling what almost every idiot on the internet literally don't care even one bit about. goodluck trying to find someone who would care enough about that. the real solution is to stop making online games ENTIRELY [because why play a game that you know can/will get shutdown eventually?]. but since most people are retards, this will never happen, and so your post is sadly pointless and nothing useful will come out from it. people need to "Grow Up" first so they realize that "online gaming" was only meant to grab money from the customers non stop \[started by the shitheads at blizzard\], and that it tricks everyone by providing fake but tempting ego boosting, just to keep grabbing money from them. and this is not only causing some individual damages, but also causing all sort of problems in the gaming market as a whole in an unimaginable ways.


KLGamer7084

Why Did You Got Downvoted. You Spoke The Truth.


IgorRamos96

95% of the reddit community is toxic and doesn't like to see the truth


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Sensitive-Success527

There will be no more crack?


Parfait_Some

if the game company Shuts downs a server, it’s because the people playing it are very small in number and it’s not really possible to pay for the maintainence as they won’t be making any money or have the revenue. And I don’t think you can do jack if they decide on closing their servers. It’s mainly because of the laws, rules and regulations. If fans were given the opportunity to make their own servers, it would get the company into legal troubles as they can release the game again and it can also be of problem if they misuse the game by editing it i.e, adding hate speeches etc. and many reasons as such are included.


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The only time I've ever seen this was when Steam took away my copy of Dragon Age II and then later replaced it with a new copy. This is like 6yrs after I last played the game. The fear of digital goods going away before you're well and done with them is pretty overblown


fuck_the_spiders

Only slightly related but I really like it when I find boxed, sometimes full price, copies of closed online games at retail. Walmart is a goldmine for this but Target and Best Buy aren't much better. Boxed, $50 US copies of the City of Heroes/City of Villains combo pack in 2017, for example. Boxed copies of WoW expansion that are years out of date.