An open letter to SOE/LA

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An open letter to SOE/LA

Postby Vidi » January 1st, 2012, 3:02 pm

Quoted from http://www.mmorpg.com/discussion2.cfm/post/4657785/thread/336932#4657785

To Sony Online Entertainment and LucasArts, the developers of Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided (SWG) (6/23/03-12/15/11):

The sometimes-contentious history of the game is well documented and no further comment is needed on that subject. Since the game has officially come to an end, it would generally be considered abandonware. That term only speaks to the idea that development and availability for it has ceased. It has nothing to do with any loss of copyright or intellectual property rights. You still retain those rights.

You have made it clear that code for the server-side of the game will not be released and that is well within your rights. I am sure that over the years you have developed many proprietary systems and sub-systems for the server code and that those systems, or code based on those systems, may be used for other games. Naturally, you would want to keep this kind of trade secret from being released and that is completely understandable.

However, the database information is separate from the server code although it is used by the server to perform certain functions. Databases like these formed the basis for things like the creature and Non-player Character (NPC) statistic charts shown in the Prima Official Game Guide for SWG, tables for looted items, spawn locations for the previously mentioned creatures and NPCs and many other tables used by the game.

Would releasing some or all of these databases degrade your internal security? Would it give away any trade secrets? Would it do any harm whatsoever to any project, current, future or even past, for you? If the answer to these questions is no then maybe there is a benefit to releasing such information.

Would it show goodwill toward the community that is trying desperately to emulate this very popular game that you created? Would it be a beginning for mending fences between you and a community that wants to be on your side, but has gotten caught up in being bitter for so long that they don’t remember any other way? A community who is waiting for an olive branch to be extended so everyone on all sides can be friends again? Would that be worth giving out some database information that is now more than six years old from a game that has hyperspaced off into the twin-suns set?

If those benefits would be worth it to you then I implore you to release what information you can to the emulation community and begin to reap those benefits. Eventually, the emulation communities will create server code and databases that will allow people to play the game again. They may not be perfect or exactly what was originally written for the game but we will succeed. With your help, even if only a small amount, we can make it even better than we could do on our own.

To paraphrase Princess Leia, “Help us SOE/LA, you’re our only hope.”

Vidi
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Re: An open letter to SOE/LA

Postby Tomcat » January 21st, 2012, 5:57 pm

great letter vidi. :oops: :(
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