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I Miss Yslandia



Cordova, TN; March 8, in the year of our Lord 2014--Family Friendly Gaming, the industry leader in covering the family friendly video games is openly admitting that we miss Yslandia. The loss of Yslandia exposes a real major flaw in the download only video games. It also shows the biggest problem with online only video games. Yslandia was a fun top down perspective role playing game where players walked around, fought monsters, did quests, and leveled up. Dungeons were interesting albeit a bit difficult. Monsters dropped resources that were used to make items, and/or useful in fulfilling quests for the villagers. Yslandia was also the first MMORPG on the iOS platform.

So why can't we play Yslandia anymore? The developer decided to shut down the servers. They decided to focus their resources on other games. Since they had complete control of the game players were thrown out. All of those hours leveling up were wasted. All of those hours enjoying the game became a memory. No new memories of the game were allowed. Why can't players have control? Especially after paying for the game. Players are consumers who are granted no rights in this whatsoever.

The lack of a stand alone version is what denies players any rights. Companies want money for their product, and can then shut it down whenever they feel like it. Which is not the case when we buy a cartridge or disc. We can play the game for as many years as we like. Retro gamers enjoy all kinds of older games on discs and cartridges. Which a safer way to play since they know no one can take away their favorite video game experience. Without a physical copy of Yslandia running offline only we are never going to be able to enjoy this fun little app ever again. Which is really sad.

I still have the Yslandia icon on my iPhone. It won't play the game anymore. I miss Yslandia though, and I refuse to delete it from my device. It is a constant reminder to me why I choose physical hard copy games over digital downloads whenever I am given the choice. It reminds me that consumers rights are being trampled upon. It reminds me the control needs to be in the hands of the players not company suits. It reminds me we decide which games win and which games lose. It reminds me the shaky sand that online games are built upon.

God bless,
Paul Bury
Family Friendly Gaming


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