F2P Cast: Hi-Rez in Hot Water! (EP 76)

In this weeks controversy filled Free-to-Play Podcast, Hi-Rez may have violated their own EULA by monitoring users without their permission. End of Nations returns, this time as a MOBA. League of Legends is declared a "Real" sport by the U.S. Government. We talk about DOTA 2 going live and what the future of the game holds. Finally, we swing back to Hi-Rez and touch on their decision to cease development on Tribes Ascend. All of this, plus the weekly bombs on this week's episode of the Free-to-Play Cast!

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HiGHFiiVE 10 years ago
It was discoverd not by faeryo, this "Programm" is there since the start of Smite.

Its simply checking for Updates & Illegal Blacklisted Programs that you use.

Faerayo is a Dataminer and got banned for what ever reason, now hes butthurt and wants his "Revenge", that guy is just at this end and a butt hurt little boy.

ExHuman 10 years ago
thank 4 episode
Smite - uninstalled

itzteajay 10 years ago
I am seriously looking forward to that HKO video! And as an answer to the privacy question I feel that filling out the create account information along with computer specs would be acceptable. The problem with them looking at my information is they would be so amazed and awestruck by the majesty of teajay they wouldn't be able to find their ban button due to the blinding light of awesome that is me.

r0ck3t 10 years ago
where did Ask mmobomb, Cloneattack and all the other shows go:? They where really good


Sick of Mobas 10 years ago
I'm sick of MOBAs A-bomb to all MOBAs.

seviclee 10 years ago
i think hi-rez will get sued go bank rumped and shut down hopefully they will because this is stupid ethier they change the hi-patcher or ceace from existince in video games you here me hi-rez you are in danger make it shut off after your games close its none of your Buinensis what we do out side of your games

CHA0S R3APER254 10 years ago
I hope Hi-Rez oh I mean Low-Rez fixes the problem with the patcher that is monitoring even if you shut it off.

Cyclonimus 10 years ago
I mean that Hi-Rez should give us a conpensation on like 200-400 gems and delete that monitor!!

Mystika 10 years ago
That 'blood crystal' (Bloodstone) you got in Dota 2 is just something to acknowledge you particpated in the Dota 2 beta, of which there are 3 variants - a Rare one, a Mythical one and a Legendary one, and were awarded based on how many people you invited into the game (Rare = 0 invites, Mythical = 1-19 invites, Legendary = 20+ invites). Also for modding/custom maps in Dota 2, I believe Valve did actually say they were going to enable this eventually.

As for the Super Smash thing that Nintendo attempted to pull, they backed down after quite a backlash (kudos to them for doing that, but agreed that it was still a pretty dumb move to do it in the first place).

Curst 10 years ago
Why so much fuss about anticheat program? It's not like they monitor your porn habits, they are looking for active cheats. It is ridiculous to think that this program it does something else besides that only because it's running not only when you are in game. If they wanted to, then what's stopping them from doing it only why you are in game? And cheaters should be banned. All of them. No matter when, how and for what puproses they cheat.

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AirSplash 10 years ago
Another good show F2P Cast.
When it comes to what info game companies want from me I'm a little lenient. I don't mind a survey when I'm signing up to their game or beta, and I don't mind if it's an in-depth survey; kind of like when you sign up for the Elder Scrolls: Online. If I can help you get better statistics on your community from a survey sure I'll do it, you would like to know what games your community has previously played? OK, I'll type it out or fill a bubble, want to know my system specs? Sure! I built this myself I'm proud of it. Want to run a small scan to see how your game effects my computer? Pushing the boundary a little there, but I'm fine with it. BUT just don't shove it down your players throats AND make sure your game does nothing on my computer when its not open and being played besides sit there and wait to be played. You need to know your boundaries as a gaming company.

Bic Boi 10 years ago
The government can sanction jerking off as a sport, but it doesn't make it right or sensible. Games are games. Best keep it that way.

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Braxtor 10 years ago
Very interesting topic with the US govt.

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