Blizzard Shuts Down Nostalrius

Four days have past since Blizzard summoned its lawyers and shut down the Vanilla server Nostalrius. Though the characters were saved, the tension between Blizzard and the private server community has all but evaporated. The drums of war thunder once again.

If you have been on the internet in the past week, you’ve probably heard of Blizzard’s recent cease and desist order on the private server Nostalrius, which hosted an original World of Warcraft server. As Nostalrius had the largest private server community to date, with 150,000 active players and over 13,000 players simultaneously playing, Blizzard believed enough was enough for the year old server and crushed it.

Though the server was taken down, the community stood together against the might of Blizzard with this petition, pleading for Blizzard to open Legacy Servers that will host older versions of the game. That petition, which garnered 50,000 signatures in 2 days, is now very close to reaching 100,000.

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My Resurgence into World Of Warcraft

Nine years ago, my cousin introduced me to online gaming through the game World of Warcraft. It was during my 4th grade spring break that I installed WoW (Burning Crusade at the time) on my Windows Vista Laptop I had just received from my father.

This was the first time I had played a game in a persistent, massive, and multiplayer world. It was like I had just been born into this virtual one, as a brand new person that knew absolutely nothing about it. The first few months I played on multiple trial accounts, just learning about the world, its players, and its mechanics. I was such a noob that I didn’t even look online for any information or help on the game; at the same time I was willing to learn completely by experiencing everything first time and asking around.

The first time I saw Horde I was with my cousin in Elwynn Forest, and I’ll never forget the fear I felt when I discovered that there was a whole other faction that could kill me. He directed me to my world map, and explained, “They walk all the way from the top of the continent to kill us.” I found it hard to sleep that night.

The virtual world was completely separate from real life, but every time I logged in I felt like I was really getting stronger while killing Cayotes and Harvest Watchers in Westfall. Once I finally bought the game, I experienced the first free month and was so satisfied that my sister and I split the fee to buy ourselves 6 more months of epic adventures in Azeroth. Our adventures were only beginning.

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What High School Computer Science Doesn’t Teach You

During my last year of high school I took AP Computer Science. It sounded interesting, but prior to the summer homework assignment, I wasn’t sure what it would be about. At the time I had ideas that it could have been a general, basic class about how all the hardware worked together, or maybe it would be an introduction to software assembly, about all the bits and bytes in computing.

I was fortunately wrong. The class is simply an introduction to Java. It taught me the basics of Object Oriented Programming (OOP) using a language I have grown to call my favorite language. Through Cay Horstmann’s 4th edition of Java Concepts, the class taught:

  • Basic Computer Hardware (CPU, RAM, etc)
  • Objects and Classes
  • Data Types
  • Flow Control (if/else, loops)
  • Arrays and ArrayLists
  • Interfaces, Inheritance, and Polymorphism
  • Recursion
  • Searching and Sorting Algorithms

The above mentioned topics provide a great foundation for Java Concepts. Since a lot of the material in the class taught the underlying concepts of the programming constructs in computer science terms, it is easy to learn new languages after that (something I would assume that students starting with Python would have a harder time doing – I’ll elaborate on this in another post).

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