“Gamers have allowed themselves to restore old functionality online games’




The American civil rights organization EFF believes that gamers should have the right to recover online functionality of old games themselves as publishers get servers offline. If gamers want to do that now, US law provides a legal obstacle.

The EFF has therefore an official request made ​​an exception for games that no longer support the publisher with internet functionality in the DMCA to take. Adjusting the authentication mechanism of a game or reverse engineering of communication should not be illegal if it is done in order to continue the old games, or for research and study purposes.

If publishers disconnecting from servers for old games with an online component, gamers have a problem, says the EFF. This is done according to the organization often half to two years after the release of a game and it is often a core functionality, such as online authentication of the game in order to play him.

The EFF also points include the disappearance of the matchmaking servers for Civilization 5 and Mario Kart Wii . Also had a lot of games suffer from the offline of the widely used GameSpy servers go. However, projects to restore the online component with its own servers often encounter legal obstacles.

“Many games, such as Nintendo’s Mario Kart, use special protocols to communicate between server and client,” writes the EFF, “To replicate that communication that the client expects from the servers, gamers have the protocol reverse engineere n.” Players must also sometimes change the game software to connect to new servers as possible and avoid games do an online check. In the latter case, the authentication fails if the servers are offline and can not play the game at all.

May also change in the Netherlands of games, such as bypassing authentication servers that are offline, in violation of the law. The Copyright Act defines in Article 29a that the deliberate circumvention of “effective technological measures” is unlawful.



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