Condensed Evony Hatred

[Update]
No snark handy, let’ go straight to the links of hatred: Lum, Mu, Tweety, Arkenor, Tipa, Ken, and Bruce (with more condensed hatred links in his comments). I tried it, and it remains a Travian clone with RMT annoyances. I won, by any list of goals I might have had, so you’re welcome to my stuff if there is a way to give it away.

: Zubon

19 thoughts on “Condensed Evony Hatred”

  1. Reading the comments on this game on the various blogs (and blogs that are linked to by blogs that linked to blogs you linked, etc etc) it really surprised me how many people were willing to plump down some cash for this game. I played Travian for a bit and paid some there, for their plus service (I think about £4 via the ‘listen to prerecorded message’ phone system) – back when that was all you could buy (no money for + resource trading). But the money trading for Evony is totally shocking to me – what are you doing! Don’t get involved! I think if nothing else they seem to have got their velvet rope set at the right place – people are willing to pay to continue.

  2. I wasn’t very clear above: there’s a popular payment scheme in Europe where you can phone a number (different number in each region), enter a unique code, then wait a certain amount of time (“please wait 2 minutes to complete your purchase”), and after it’s done your account is credited with the time you spent on the phone. The phone company sends a message to the game to say “player Masaq spent 3 minutes on the phone”, which gives you in-game credit.

  3. I think people are crazy for paying… I’ve played the game for over a month, not payed them a dime, and am kicking the crap out of other people. However, with the new spam launch of ads, I’m quitting. Vote with your feet. I quit any game when the company starts business practices I don’t like.

  4. If the amount of traffic I’m getting at the moment is anything to go by, Evony either has a lot more players than most MMOs, or its players really like trawling the internet for someone being rude about it.

    If I can stop just one silly person installing the iEvony client on their computer, then my work is done!

  5. I tend to avoid F2P games like the plague as is but having read the comments here (and the linked ones) I’m 100% sure not to bother giving it a shot.

    The ads are rather incongruent and give you no sense at all what the game actually is (one I’ve seen had a woman in a gold bikini, another with a guy in a suit of armor and a third with a burning castle…ok) yet they’re popping up all over the place.

  6. Just a bunch of asshats if you ask me. Although I guarantee there is more malware/trojans/virii’ for WoW’s 3rd party apps then ever there would be for a game such as this. While they may have a web history logger or some other such thing installed, they want people to actually PLAY, so breaking their computers won’t accomplish that. Anyone remember AdventureQuest? That shit was 20 USD straight up.
    For the record… I have not, and will not, play this game.

  7. Evony is developed and owned by RMT-seller wowmine (this is not an advertisement, it’s the truth). This company earns between $300.000 to $500.000 PER DAY from selling WoW Gold, which enabled them to single-handedly develop their own mmorpg with a CHINESE team.

    The CEO of “UGME” (non-existent company!) is Eric Lam. Yes, the same Eric Lam who was sued by Microsoft for nearly a million for ADVERTISEMENT FRAUD just a few weeks ago: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/16/business/media/16adco.html

    Everything said in this blog post can be verified by e-mailing me. The truth behind Eric Lam, WoWMine and Evony needs to be exposed for once and for all! (this truth is instantly deleted if mentioned on Evony’s official forums).

  8. Just to follow up on the WoWmine claims, I started playing evony around 3 weeks ago, and my WoW account was compromised. I’ve had the account for almost 4 years with no problem and the same password.

    Awesome.

  9. If people want to spend their own hard earned money to play this game,what has it got to do with anyone else,leave them alone to play as they wish.

  10. I am a student studying computer games design at uni and decided to investigate Evony.com.
    Just to see what some of these games are like etc. etc.
    The game is actually kind of cool (found myself addicted and even spent a little money on it).
    But I started to notice HUGE bandwidth use by the site as I played.
    I am not the only one either, there are comments on the evony forums about this.
    This is odd because all of the client info, the animations etc. are all downloaded in one big download at the start.
    There is no streaming media so I began to wonder what was going on.

    To cut a long story short I decided to break the law and reverse engineer Evony’s client.
    Not to cheat. Not to rip them off or even to use even a scrap of the code.
    But just to poke about a bit and find out what was going on, maybe even offer them some ways to improve things.

    Aside from the fact that the whole thing is very poorly constructed (it is really very beginner coder level stuff. Reminds me of a lot of
    what the first year students produce for assignments) it contained some very interesting information.

    Included with the client are 2 peices of tracking software that monitor your web use and which applications you have open while the client is running.
    These do not install independently on the machine though due to the limitations of flash and do not actually damage anything.
    But they harvest massive volumes of information. My firewall was blocking a lot of outgoing transmissions and it turns out that these
    were the data trying to be sent out. So they know nothing about me. lol.
    However there is a LOT of data coming IN over the ports the client uses. In otherwords it is downloading something into my cache for use later.
    I have bandiwdth restriction which slows these types of tricks down and I completely clear my cache every couple of hours if I am heavily using the net.

    I also noticed that all the varanbles etc. are named Civony still and that there are multiple references to UMGE.
    Even a couple of folders are simply called UMGE, one of these folders contains one of the spyware programs.
    So I can only guess at where the data would end up if I didnt have a good firewall.

    There are also commented out sections in the code which contain references to UMGE and Lam himself, though low on details.

    Thank you for reading this.

    Lee

  11. I got the new version Evony 3.08. My older version was 2.16.
    The new version has all references to Eric Lam and UMGE removed.
    Neither the comments in the hex code nor the decompiled Actionscript have anything that refers to them.
    Also the scripts that enumerated the active programs and sent and retrieved data with the remote servers is gone,
    except for the actual game network link to the Evony.com game servers.

    Even the code is a bit neater and more efficient.
    At least the heavy scrutiny on them is having some pluses. lol.

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