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Our population's core demographic is the
mature and friendly player. The only time you will find L33t
speak here is if we are kidding around. Now having said that,
Imagine if you
will, being a player that has chosen a less populated SWGEMU
or SWGANH server. Six months after you start playing SWG, you
log in and find out that your emu server has closed down, because
either that admin crew doesn't care or because players don't
want to play on a laggy, empty emu server.
of your hard work is gone.
like the CU. Just like the NGE.
then find a list of the Star Wars Galaxies emu servers that
remain, and see that this one is still going and more vibrant
than ever, flooded with refugees from other collapsed SWG emu
servers, because we have a lag-free environment and players
you have to start over.
are in this for the long haul. This server is provided to you,
free of charge; however, it does cost us money to operate. How
can we do it? Each of the staff are professional working people,
and have dedicated part of our income to this. We have to, as
our connection agreement requires a multi-year contract.
have our solemn oath. This SWGANH or SWGEMU server will be the
last galaxy standing. For the love of the game.
Our connection to the world
The main datacenter is located in the Chicago
Board of Trading Building. It is one of the world’s largest
financial institutions, and is fully redundant in its power
supply, communications, and other amenities that include elaborate
security and surveillance systems.
Chicago board of trade has a built-in infrastructure of fiber
optic raisers throughout its building which ensures easy delivery
of any of many ISPs that are present in the building.
1 Gbit Port
can host 3,000 players at once with no lag.
Galaxies Reborn is the land that lag forgot.
Is this legal?
Yes. The SWG emulator teams are writing
their own code. Nothing belonging to SOE is being used. This
is a non-commercial enterprise, and since no fees are being
charged, no laws are being broken.
about me? Can I get in trouble for playing on this server?
Absolutely not. You bought the game and
can use it as you want. There is no law requiring you to use
about you guys? Can you get in trouble for hositng this game?
Absolutely not. We are hosting a private
server using privately written code. Nothing we do has anything
to do with SOE, as evidenced by other SOE game emulators and
all the WoW emulators that still operate.
The Galaxies Reborn Admin has read the parts of the copyright
act that applies to us and here's why we are safe:
copyright exists to prevent others from producing copies of
works that belong to other people and distributing them for
are not copying anything belonging to SOE or LA
We are not distrubiting anything that belongs to SOE or LA
We are not making profit from anything belonging to SOE or LA
you log in and play Star Wars Galaxies, and see the terrain
and NPC's and buildings - all that is done client side. All
those images are created on the user's computer. The user (you)
has already PAID for that when you bought the game. There is
no law requiring you to use Sony's servers. They have no legal
authority to force you to pay to use their servers.
The emu server actually has very little to do with how one plays
the game. When a player moves his character and an NPC spawns,
that's the emu server telling the client to generate an NPC
based on data already installed on the user's pc. If the emu
server actually generated the image of the NPC on your computer
the game would be so slow that it would be un-playable, as all
that data would have to be transmitted from the server over
the Internet to your computer, like opening a web page.
That's the beauty of an emulator. You dont need to copy any
of SOE's code to interact with a client. The SWG emu teams have
done exactly that: written their own code to interact with the
files already installed on the user's pc.
law can not apply here because:
There is no code from Sony on the server
The SWG game files that render are installed on the pc of someone
who paid for it and can do with it whatever they like.
we charged money, then there would be a different issue. If
we offered the game disks in a downloadable format, then there
would definitely be an issue. That is software piracy and we
will not do it.
laws are, for the most part, in place to prevent software pirates
from copying and selling works that do not belong to them.
is the arguable that LA is more worried about the millions of
bootleg copies of ep1-6 out there than a few hundred people
using something they no longer offer as a service.
has been discussed to death on the emu forum - there are two
key concerns here:
- the user (you)
- the host (BrokenSoldier)
is no law requiring you to play on Sony's servers. You paid
for the game, you can use it however you like. So as long as
you did not steal the game you are safe.
our end, the emu database will not hold any Sony code. All the
rendering is done client side. All the code that will on the
database was written by non-Sony people. So since we am using
ZERO Sony code - they can't do anything.
we get into the area of intent. Is it our intent to break the
law here? To steal their game and get rich off it? Of course
not. We are not earning profit by hosting a free SWG PRE CU
emulator. And as we all know, copyright law, like most law,
is written to protect profit.
There are two argments that keep the law on our side:
- Zero profit is being made (re fan films)
- Zero profit is being taken away from Sony and Lucasarts as
pre-cu is no longer available
code is abandonware. SWG Pre-cu doesnt exist anymore. Pre-cu
is not earning Sony any money. Pre-cu is never coming back.
They remind us of this every day on the SWG forums when one
of their customers asks for pre-cu.
Unlike some WOW servers that have been shut down - we are not
duplicating an active game, nor are we charging any money.