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3-20-2009 @ 6:37PM
For the record I am a Carbonite user, I paid for the full version of the addon.Is it worth 15 bucks a year? I say yes. Its a good addon, fully featured. Memory usage is a bit higher then I'd like, but other then that its shaved massive amounts of time off my questing sessions.People should have the right to charge for their code. Its their property, they can choose how they distribute it. If you don't like this, you can always write your own competing product. The folkes at Carbonite charge less then 2 bucks a month for use of their product, and as far as I know all the information from quests is compiled by the carbonite team themselves, not ripped from a website such as Thottbot or Wowhead (although I could be wrong).That said, there's no way Blizzard could enforce this regardless of what they say. They could figure out some way of disabling the code used to obscure the source of Carbonite, but I think it would be in vain. People would still figure out ways around stuff, and ultimately if people see something worth its price they'll buy it, simple as that.
3-20-2009 @ 6:41PM
I think you're mistaken - people won't pay for something that constantly breaks.If I paid $2/month for Carbonite (which I never would, Jame's guides are great), I'd expect it to work. If Blizzard came out, like they just did, and said - you can't charge, I sure as hell wouldn't pay for anything - you're just asking for it to break.Even if Carbonite continues to charge, why would anyone pay? Blizzard will constantly block Carbonite, Carbonite will then have to re-code to get around the block, and Blizzard will block it again. You'll be paying for an addon that probably won't work 90% of the time. Who in their right mind would pay for that??Good riddance to the pay addons.
3-20-2009 @ 7:01PM
Technically, it's Blizzard's code which they are stringing and constructing.
3-20-2009 @ 7:23PM
Its Blizzard's game and they can do what they want. I feel sorry for any addon developer who tries to go up against Blizzard especially after what happened to Glider.
3-20-2009 @ 7:54PM
---Says Thomas Prescott:That said, there's no way Blizzard could enforce this regardless of what they say. They could figure out some way of disabling the code used to obscure the source of Carbonite, but I think it would be in vain. People would still figure out ways around stuff, and ultimately if people see something worth its price they'll buy it, simple as that.---Certainly. Blizzard was unable to scuttle addons like AutoTravel and Decursive. Furthermore, they were completely helpless when faced with Glider. These things are thriving today despite Blizzard's ire. Blizzard is completely helpless in these matters.In reality, Blizzard has full control over what aspects of LUA they implement in WoW. That alone gives them a lot of control over what can or can not be done in the realms of addons. And they've exercised that control to both remove and add functionality. Beyond that, they have Warden.
3-20-2009 @ 8:04PM
There isn't a technical way to prevent someone from charging for an addon. This would have to be done via the courtroom at Blizz's expense. Unlike crap like glider, Carbonite doesn't diminish your game experience. For Blizzard to legally pursuit these companies would be foolhardy from a financial standpoint.
3-21-2009 @ 12:10AM
It's true, Thomas, Blizzard can't block people from charging for their addons. However, they *can* block whatever addon they choose, which is functionally the same thing: who's going to pay for an addon they can't use?
3-21-2009 @ 6:59AM
Silly Silly. If Bliz wanted to, they could simply change the code so that zero addons would be able to work. ever. Be happy that you have your free addons
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