No blogroll for today, I’m the on-call developer this week AND I’ve been moved to a project at work with a daily morning meeting starting this week, so it’s a time of adjustment.

One game I am not playing is a browser game called Evony, which promises something like EVE’s skill training. I know nothing more about it, and I won’t. Why? Because they are SPAMMING MY BLOG.

Here’s just their latest attempts to spam comments into my blog — all with fake email addresses attached:

evony.com is a free new web based flash video game.
Have you guys played evony yet? What do you think? evony.com
I just found this cool new game called evony. Check it out at evony.com.
If you’re looking for a new web based game to play check out evony.com. It’s free to play.
If you’re looking for a new web based game to play check out evony.com. It’s free to play.
If you’re looking for a new web based game to play check out evony.com. It’s free to play.
Have you guys played evony yet? What do you think? evony.com
Have you guys played evony yet? What do you think? evony.com
I just started playing this new game called evony. It’s pretty sweet I think you guys would like it. Just a simple little flash game, but damn its addicting. You can sign up for an account at evony.com.
I just started playing this new game called evony. It’s pretty sweet I think you guys would like it. Just a simple little flash game, but damn its addicting. You can sign up for an account at evony.com.

Want me to play your game? Don’t spam me.

26 Responses to “Evony and Irony: Why I will never play this game.”
  1. Matthew says:

    I actually play Evony and it’s pretty fun. It is addicting (sorta, but that’s only if you really get it) and yes it is true that it was created by wowmine but I don’t care :D I love the game. Oh and the e-mail adress i used IS real. Try talking to me sometime.

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  4. Lee says:

    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

  5. Bruceongames says:

    I have now researched the shadowy people behind Evony and written it up as an article: http://www.bruceongames.com/2010/02/19/the-people-behind-evony/

  6. gunther says:

    hay evony is a good game just so adicting that you cant take you eyes off it and you just whant to put your fist through the screan of yoiur computer \

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