Stream Any Game to Computer & Mobile Device

Stream Any Game to your computer or mobile device? The technology is here, it's coming. A few years back I was offering powerleveling with some Chinese partners. In those days, we offered something innovative - we offered hand leveling. Stream Any GameBut we were always looking for ways to defeat the technology which prevented our service. So we invested in Secure Trackerless VPNs, and that worked fairly well, but all it took was one careless customer to login, and BAM, their account was suspended and our VPN was no longer any good. We paid a premium for our VPNs, as they had static IPs which weren't used by gold farmers. Of course, now I know better and would use Private Proxies for gaming, as you can buy them in bulk...

But there came a time, when we decided to try something no one else had been doing - why not use the customer's own IP, why not use a VPN with the customer's IP, thus ensuring that the customer would never be banned. Good idea, but the technology wasn't quite ready for this idea. You see the connection speed of my Chinese partners just wasn't fast enough. Mainland China is lucky to get 2 megs down. This isn't enough to use the customer's IP, as lag sets in - it's also fairly difficult to set up and requires some game modification as well as the customer using Hamachi.

Then I had another idea, and it was to use Teamviewer - or another similar technology (ie VNC) to stream the game to the levelers, allowing them to control the customer's computer remotely. Unfortunately, while this is a great idea, the bandwidth again held us back.

Stream Any Game to your computer/device

But now, that's about to change. There is a new service, which could enable this type of service, to Stream Any Game to your computer or device - though not meant for powerleveling, it is meant for streaming a game directly to you. Now I find this interesting, because it means as long as you have the bandwidth and memory, you can play ANY game. This means you won't need to own the latest grafix card, nor the fastest redundant hard drives. Instead you will simply login, tell the remote server which game you want to play - wait a couple minutes, and be ready to play. No more waiting on hours of patching, they will have a T1 or a T3 line on the server side, which is F.A.S.T!

Of course there are some requirements, you're going to need relatively fast internet (5gps), or at least 4G on your phone, 2gb ram windows, 1 gb ram android, or 4gb ram on iOS. Last? Integrated grafix. Sure, you're going to need some hard drive space as well, but 250mb is nothing in todays world of tb hdd's.

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SOE acquired by Columbus Nova

SOE acquired by Daybreak Game CompanySOE acquired by Columbus Nova an indie studio and will be renamed to Daybreak Game Company, turning its focus to multi-platform gaming.  While the cost to purchase SOE is not yet known, it is believed that the information will become available with the 1st quarterly reports for Sony.

SOE acquired by Columbus Nova 

"Today, we are pleased to announce that we have been acquired by Columbus Nova, an investment management firm well known for its success with its existing portfolio of technology, media and entertainment focused companies. This means that effective immediately SOE will operate as an independent game development studio where we will continue to focus on creating exceptional online games for players around the world, and now as a multi-platform gaming company. Yes, that means PlayStation and Xbox, mobile and more. Continue reading "SOE acquired by Columbus Nova"

EZTV & ThePirateBay Servers Down

You might have noticed that for the last several days both EZTV & ThePirateBay Servers Down. EZTV & ThePirateBay Servers DownThePirateBay and EZTV have been down due to a raid on TPB. Point in fact, the downtime is actually caused by a Swedish raid on some servers which host ThePirateBay. We know that one arrest was made, and that some equipment was seized. The extent of what was seized and who was arrested is not known at this time. Continue reading "EZTV & ThePirateBay Servers Down"

mmoexploiters Status

As many of you know, mmoexploiters.com was recently attacked and had some extended downtimes. I wanted to let you know where we were in terms of security and updating the site. First off, we did lose a little bit of data. However, the data did not have anything to do with posts or guides. Rather it was the linkage to the files within, our images if you will, and the linking to the media gallery. Additionally, we lose some information in regards to the hieraarchy of categories. Neither of these actually affect us in a negative way.

When the website went down, we first tried to patch it back together. That was a bust. We ended up re-installing the software, re-installing the important plugins, and then re-uploading most of the database back in place. This included users, posts, subscriptions and other data as needed.

What this cleaning also allowed us to do, was to re-evaluate which plugins were integral to the function of the site. As you may or may not have noticed, we slimmed down much of what you used to see, and changed the way others looked. For example at the start of most posts, we now have share buttons across the top. Before there was a button you had to hover over, and that in itself wasn't intuitive.

We also removed the star rating plugin, which had the side effect of keeping up the page views per post. This was great as it allowed us to see which category was most popular, but it slowed the site, and most people didn't actually vote... so now we have a new page viewer and got rid of the voting - though this may change in the near future.

We removed the long category view on the side. Mainly because they acted as keywords, which in turn was an overload of keywords. However you can use the search bar at the top of the page to find the category of your choice. We also removed advertisements, but they will be back for guides in the not so distant future. 

I added a different image viewer to the side. This allows you to click on a meme or cosplay image, and then to see it larger on your screen. I am still considering changing this slightly, either using the "pro version" which allows for comments, or to adding a second seperate one which handles cosplay.

One thing you do not see, is the new way to submit content for free VIP. It's interesting, since you get to format it how you want, and then submit it. I can then edit and post if it looks good, or something of interest.

 

So what have we done on the backend to make sure this doesn't happen again? Well besides trimming the database, we added a better software firewall. We have a strong anti-spam program, which catches about 15k spammers a month, we added caching of content, so that it doesn't pull on the database constantly, and we are hosting our images externally, to relieve stress on the server. All in all, our load on the server has lessened immensely, and the smaller database footprint ensures that we won't have any similar problems in the years to come.

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Plans for the future of mmoexploiters... I have been weighing whether to add forums back into the site. The forums would be used for 2 things. First, so you can interact with other VIP members, in a private forums, and also to provide a trade forums, to trade virtual goods. I am still trying to determine whether or not this would be a viable option or not. Part of what makes me want to offer this is the censorship on other trade forums. Some of the sites have begun to disallow certain kinds of services. While I would not allow account hacking nor the sale of tools to enable account hacking, I would allow services for legit companies who sell some risque services. Again, this is not a go-go situation, I am still trying to figure if it is viable or not... feedback would be appreciated on this.

If we do decide to add the trade forums... we will have a middleman service, we will have moderators, and we will have a business section, and we will have a ID Verification. The Karma kind of feature for good traders would also likely be added, however I am leary of that, because even that can be faked and thus scammed.

So what do you think?

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Other then that, I am still trying to get back into the swing of things. That week to 10 days of up and down time gave me a much needed break. I have so much I need to do still with work and the site however, that I am often only getting up one post per day. This will however change, when work is less on the backend, and I have more free time to put new stuff up.

iYogi Scam Alert, Removal, Restore

I had a really fun day today, which is why I am bringing you this iYogi Scam Alert. Ok, when I say fun, I mean it sarcastically. It wasn't fun, between knowing that my mom can fall for phishing as well as installing some nasty crap on her computer, when she thinks I am not going to help her - or rather when I can't help her right now!

iYogi Scam Alert

My mom needed help with her Lexmark printer, so a few days ago, she signs up for iYogi, pays the $179.99 fee for a year of support, then calls them when she needs help. The support guy gets her to send him a code on her computer through an app, and then starts telling her she has a multitude of problems, should get their firewall. She says she already has a firewall and anti-malware, the guy turns it off. RED FLAG! She does the right thing, hangs up, shuts down her computer.iYogi Scam Alert, Removal, Restore Continue reading "iYogi Scam Alert, Removal, Restore"

We are still having problems

We are still having problems... exclamationbut the good news, is we are still working towards a solution. We backed up, restored, found some bugs, found some more, and continue to work on the problems which are causing the site to go down. There seems to be, after several years of keeping the site up, a multitude of problems that were simply ignored (by me). These problems are being addressed, and after this is all over and the site is again stable, I will be posting a few game give-aways for members, and even will upload MDawg's Hearthstone Guide which would normally cost around $40. I have a World of Warcraft Mists of Pandaria key to give away, and a few other goodies for our members who have stuck with us, through these issues.

RMT Demise A Global Concern

RMT DemiseRMT Demise - a Look into the coming future of online games, one without as many bots and gold farmers. What is RMT? It stands for Real Money Transaction - or rather a trading of virtual currency for real money.

As hard as Blizzard has tried over the years, and other game companies as well, the one constant, has been Currency Selling Sites. They popup, Blizzard or another company attacks them, and then they fall, replaced with yet another Currency Selling Site. But it appears, in the not too distant future, that the downfall of these sites is coming. Surprisingly, it's not from Blizzard.

Why am I surprised? Well Blizzard Entertainment, has done what other games never even tried. They tried to claim that the virtual currency (Gold) belonged to them, and couldn't be resold. They claimed it as copyright infringement. They have attacked botters repeatedly and secretively. They have filed lawsuits... but nothing stemmed the flow for long. Continue reading "RMT Demise A Global Concern"

StarCraft 2 player issued US visa as Pro Athlete from Korea

StarCraft 2 player recognized as Pro Athlete by USA

Professional Korean StarCraft 2 player - VioletSouth Korea's Dong-hwan "Violet" Kim has earned around $100,000 playing Starcraft 2 tournaments. Now, he can finally travel to and from the US, to obtain even more wealth as a foreign born Korean StarCraft 2 player professionally.

Kim this week became the first professional StarCraft 2 player to receive a P-1A internationally recognized athlete visa. The visa is for those "coming to the U.S. temporarily to perform at a specific athletic competition as an athlete, individually or as part of a group or team, at an internationally recognized level of performance," according to the U.S. government.

The visa allows Kim to travel and earn money in the US for the next five years, playing Starcraft 2 and other games professionally and in tournaments.

Apparently, efforts to obtain a visa caused Kim some stress. "I've been so jealous when others Koreans traveled to the USA for tournaments," Kim said in a release. "I have been trying to go to USA as well, but I got denied three times, and I was almost ready to give up...really almost, it was lots [of] drama."

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Anti-Spammer: The Tools I use to stop Comment Spam

I am not really sure how many people are actually interested in this kind of thing or not interested - feedback needed here folks. I am talking about the battle which I have been having with spammers, who have been able to force the site down. Since I haven't received anything negative about it, I will continue to write a little about it...

Stopped 1746 spammers since 2013/11/25

no spammers allowedPretty impressive if you ask me, stopping almost 1750 spammers in 5 days, is pretty awesome. That's a tool which is simply called Stop Spammers. It's done wonders in terms of keeping the site going. For a while there, I was restarting the server every couple days, we are now 5 days with out a restart - had to restart it this morning however

I am also using Better WP Security, which is kind of like a Firewall, but gives security suggestions as well. I know this has helped to find holes in the software. Since 11/25, it stopped an additional 2500 attacks. These attacks were in the form of 404 errors due to missing or changed URLs or bad logins. Most of the logins were for ones which don't exist or are for the "admin" username - which was suggested to be changed due to all the attacks on it.  That's one of the things which really made a difference for me, as Login Lockdown (and similar) or Login Captcha type addons weren't doing enough for me. Continue reading "Anti-Spammer: The Tools I use to stop Comment Spam"

Winamp Shutting down December 20, 2013

winampWith a sad heart, I just found out that Winamp is shutting down on December 20th. I am sure some enterprising soul will go ahead and download all the skins/plugins and make them available... you?

But not only is Winamp going, but also their services. With all the alternatives out there these days, I can't say I am surprised. I personally still do use Winamp (see screenshot), but could easily switch over to VLC for playback and RadioSure for radio.

If you haven't updated recently, now is the time to do it, because there will be no future updates. I also recommend getting any skin you want now.

Download Winamp from the official site.

 

 

...or download it below.  This version has NO plugins and skins. 

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World of Warcraft: RIP? Not quite yet, but…

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At one time, the iconic online game “World of Warcraft” ruled the kingdom. It now seems to be coming to an end. One of the world’s favorite online games has seen a huge loss in their subscriber base with 600,000+ gamers leaving in the past three months.

Since the beginning of 2013 over two million subscribers have left the game. Activision Blizzard, the game’s owners, had 9.6 million users at the start of the year, that figure has now fallen to around 7.7 million, reports Sky News.

The main reason for this sudden and dramatic drop in interest seems to be the growing popularity of other games, and the redundant play of the game itself. Most players I have talked to in recent months, told me that they left to play something else including GW2, Neverwinter, League of Legends, and any other number of games. The most interesting thing in all of this, isn't which games they left to go play, but rather which type of game they decided to play... Free-2-play or games with no monthly subscription.

Is this the end of WoW? No, but unless something changes dramatically within the game over the next year, this might be the beginning of the end.

FFXIV: Taking actions against cheaters and RMT Adverts

Regarding Actions Taken Against In-Game RMT Ads and Illicit Activities

RMT and other illicit activities upset the balance of the game and, as such, are prohibited under the Terms of Service. Because we have confirmed the existence of players who are engaging in these illicit activities, we have taken the actions listed below; Continue reading "FFXIV: Taking actions against cheaters and RMT Adverts"

FFXIV: Square Enix to add Gear Score requirements

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I remember when they added this feature to WoW. Suddenly those players who were really good at particular dungeons, who had practiced long and hard and knew what to do in every fight in situation, couldn't go. At first people would invite you to group, look at your gear, and then say, no, sorry, you suck, then kick you from the group. It became a grind game. It came to the point where you needed to have played every single dungeon hundreds of time, to grind out the best possible gear possible, just so you could get a chance to goto the next dungeon. And then, when Joe Blow sucked but had better gear, Joe was still chosen over the guy who knew what to do.

ilvl and Gear Score changed the way WoW was played. And now, it's about to happen to FFXIV as well. I suppose it's inevitable, as everyone will eventually do this, but it makes games less about social play and more about a mathematical numbers game. Continue reading "FFXIV: Square Enix to add Gear Score requirements"

Rift: News – Finally Free-to-Play

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Trion has announced that they will be changing Rift to a free-to-play model starting June 12th. All I can say, is that it's about time! Should have done this a year ago (too bad I left the game 3 months ago though...). They will also be introducing a new area called Dendrome. The information about that zone are a bit sketchy at this point however... Continue reading "Rift: News – Finally Free-to-Play"

News: What Makes Games Addicting?

excerpt from http://www.popsci.com/node/71912/

THEY'RE COMPLEX

Wood et al. report that most gamers wanted "complex and immersive" games. We can probably use that to eliminate some smaller games (sorry, Angry Birds), but that could still include a lot of genres and titles. In the study, Grand Theft Auto, Everquest, and Quake III--all pretty different games in different genres--get mentioned as examples of this.

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THEY HAVE LEVELS

Or missions, or high scores, or something that can result in being able to give yourself just one more checkpoint to reach. After that, you can reach the next level, and the next, and the next, until the firefighters bust through your door because you've missed rent and won't answer your phone and everyone is just generally really concerned.

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YOU CAN PLAY THEM WITH OTHER PEOPLE

Ah, yes. I was wondering when we'd get to the anecdotally most time-heisting game genre: The Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game. An online, usually dungeons-and-dragons-style game with a big world to explore. This includes games like the mind-explodingly popular World of Warcraft, which had more than 10 million players as of November and which gets mentioned by name in the study more than other game. Online first-person shooters like the Halo and Call of Duty franchises are popular games that meet this criterion, too.

THEY HAVE A PLOT

Gamers in the study said they couldn't wait to figure out what would happen next in the story, so they wouldn't put it down. So that eliminates popular choices like Tetris unless someone can convince me it has a plot. (You are trying to ruin someone's plan for a very blocky building, maybe?) But actually this can still include ... oh, I don't know, probably most post-'80s games, really.

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Tera Online Going Free-2-Play, read about the changes!

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If you haven't played Tera Online in a while, then you might be surprised to hear that Tera is going Free-2-Play as of Feb 5th, 2013 (today). But everything is not going to be a bed of roses. Instead, watch out for the thorns. Tera is actually going what's called Pay to Win. What this means, is that if you pay for items in the game, you will have a statistical advantage over those who simply play and don't pay anything. As far as the Asian community is concerned, this is a worthwhile plan. Western European and North Americans have a different view, however with the control being in the hands of the Asians, as far as design and building this will be a micro-transaction model which could prove either disastrous or very lucrative, depending on how the world sees this change as far as f2p MMO's goes.

Keep reading for the changes coming to Tera Online... Continue reading "Tera Online Going Free-2-Play, read about the changes!"

Site Issues

As you know we have been having some serious issues with this site with load times. At times the site has been unreachable. At times it has been unable to be loaded at all. Today we restarted the server several times in an effort to fix the problems, which worked temporarily. With several issues continuing to plague this site, we are changing hosts in an effort to alleviate the problems with the current hosting company.

Again in this change-over time, there will be no new posts, as this will effect the database restoration on the new host.

 

This site is NOT going down, and the lack of posts is temporary till we switch to the new hosting provider.

 

Thank you for your patience,

the team at mmoexploiters.com

 

Edit: Too much traffic has been causing the slow downs, we just updated the server to include more ram, to cover the excess traffic... and restored the database. So... if you paid for a subscription and didn't get a renewal, please use the contact form to contact us. We will need your login name and paypal email address to verify the subscription.

Posts will resume tomorrow afternoon. I had a couple ready to go up, but the restoration of the database caused us to lose them.

Trion Announces Layoffs

In a not quite unexpected move, Trion has announced there will be some layoffs. With the job market being just about nil, as well as the economy being in a down cycle, plus Christmas around the corner... it kinda sucks. But like I said not quite unexpected. I have long believed that Trion would make Rift Free-2-Play, and am actually kind of surprised they haven't as of yet. I do not know the amount of subscribers, but every month it seems like a shard gets closed, and we have one less to play on. With this in mind, I wonder how long it will be before they follow one of the F2P models out there. They have done wonders for other games.

Defiance looks like an awesome idea, SyFy is on board, Trion is set to release... but of course Micro$oft and S0E don't like the idea of working with each other, so there are issues. But imagine a game where you play on your PC, a buddy plays on their XBox360, and another on their PS3. That's what Trion is trying to orchestrate. Now add in the element of a TVShow which dramatically affects the online play, and that's Defiance... Defying all the gaming type systems out there, to bring about a new immersive game-play.

End of Nations is kind of what StarCraft 2, should always have been, at least as far as multi-player goes.

When it comes down to it, from what we can see, Trion is strong... but to be honest we can't really "see" since it's a private company and in no way needs to share the information on subscribers, profits, or even losses.

Click for more info on the what Trion has going on...

The Secret World: Subscription Optional model (F2P)

 

In a move, much like Guild Wars 2, The Secret World will now have a optional subscription to the game. This means that to access most of the content, you can purchase the game and play for free. Periodically you can purchase a content expansion pack (next one will be released Jan 2013). This will give you some new content about every 1-3 months which will cost around $5 and be considered optional. You will have all the expansions upto this point if you purchase it via Funcom's Store, it will run you $30. Optionally, you can get The Secret World via Amazon for $22-$26. Continue reading "The Secret World: Subscription Optional model (F2P)"

Thank You for 11 Great Years

It's hard to believe, but mmoexploiters started up 11 years ago. As a special thank you, we have discounted our regularly priced subscriptions and opened up the limited 5 year subscription. Prices during this special are as follows:

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News: Adobe Reader 0-Day exploit found – Trojan Dropper

In what might well become a dangerous exploit to have on hand, a group out of Russia called Group-IB have claimed to have found a 0-day (pre-release) exploit which could turn Adobe Reader into a Trojan Dropper. The bad part about it, is that the release is for the most recent versions, v10 and v11 of the software. There seems to be a work-around for the update system which will make it seem like it's up to date, when in fact the version you have is infected.  Due to this, you should only download the software or the plugin directly from the Adobe website. We do not know at this time, if it's not an official release, or even if it is, and then gets infected Continue reading "News: Adobe Reader 0-Day exploit found – Trojan Dropper"