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3-22-2009 @ 8:36PM
I am a software architect, so this situation is not a surprise. I love open source software and use it daily, but this issue is pretty clear cut IMHO.Some key points as I see them:- Wow is a proprietary platform and there is no sense of it being "open" in any sense of the word (and there are MANY)- There was no formal agreement between companies to allow them to make money off their add ons. Thus their business model was always shaky at best.- Glider case just resolved and was a nightmare for Blizzard.- Premium addons could be in danger of allowing some players an unfair advantage over others who pay money to a company Blizzard has nothing to do with. - We can now, finally, put to bed the argument over wowmatrix!- Closed source, "proprietary" addons could contain code that causes WOW trouble. Might just be a bug and not necessarily intentional. Blizz obviously wants them (and you) to be able to examine the code.As much as this is a bad thing, it is nice to see the "open source" portion of this. (pseudo open source of course!) This means that others can pick up where some left off, branch and improve etc. A very positive change.There will be casualties, but then is that such a bad thing for most players? Most players use free tools anyway?The real problem is their being able to arbitrarily kill an addon. Hopefully they will not use this ever but they really can do what they want here. There is a fine line between great addon and unfair advantage in their mind as far as I can tell. (from GC's posts) For example: he spoke of cooldown timer addons being a bit of a cheat.What about decursive? Healbot? I vaguely remember (I don't have a healer) him talking about them in less than favourable terms?Now that glider has been defeated and this bunch of lawyering is obviously one of the results. All paid mods are going down with it also. I guess the theory is that if there is no market, there are no evil market players.Hopefully their suit wearing types will not invoke some overreaction to all the helpful mods out there as well. I doubt it though - bad PR is not something they want.
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