Wargaming Sloppy DMCA Takedowns against 3D Tank modellers

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Special thanks to IcedForce for helping to make this article possible & Deconoir for a quick revision!

Greetings,

Last week, an outrage occurred among the community of a 3D model website called Thingiverse after Wargaming.net decided to make a DMCA claim over printable 3D models. So, let me clarify things.

For those unaware, Thingiverse is a website which allows users to share their printable 3D models and while there’s a lot of original content created by the users there also happens to be a lot of stolen intellectual property from games like World of Tanks. It is to no surprise that Wargaming.net would eventually place a DMCA takedown notice on content which is rightfully theirs and they also have attempted to profit from in the past.

Until now sounds like there is no reason for us to be even writing this piece and we would not have but unfortunately instead of taking every copyrighted case individually, Wargaming demanded Thingiverse to remove every model found by searching “world of tanks” (without quotation marks) which brings up every model that has the words “world” and “tanks” in their name or in their description. This caused Thingiverse to remove models that had nothing to do with Wargaming or World of Tanks other than being tanks or having those words. The most affected users from such foolish decision were Zachary Kavulich (TigerAce1945) and m_bergman, who both make printable 3D models from war vehicles using their own sources and skills without using any models from Wargaming titles.

TigerAce1945, in particular, had something to say: Continue reading

Is your WoT/Game Center not working?

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Hello,

The last 2 days I got one too many players pinging me with a current issue happening with World of Tanks in which the Game Center is not being able to connect or update the game.

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Screenshot taken by a fellow CC, EdvinE20, he has reported that when he tries to update WoT an error will show or sometimes nothing will happen at all. 

Unfortunately, a fresh reinstall, PC restart or “start by Admin” has been of no help but a member of Staff, Eekeeboo (EU CM) seems to have found a midway solution.

For those having the same issue, please try disconnecting the land internet cable and connect using your phone’s internet as that seems to allow the update to process, you can then pause the update and reconnect your cable and carry on patching through the standard route.

This is not a full fix but it should keep you going until the appropriate staff catches on with a proper repair.

I would still suggest those affected to contact support but please have in mind that things work very slowly on weekends.

I sincerely hope this helps the some of you.

Have a great weekend,

Rita.

Supertest: French MT Tier VI Premium M4A1 FL 10

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Hello,

Also coming in Super Test, here is the Premium Tier VI French Medium Tank  M4A1 FL 10:

Excerpt from the description given by Wargaming: “the M4A1 FL 10. It melds together American and French engineering concepts, being a classic Sherman but with an oscillating turret and an autoloader.
The M4A1 FL 10 has good mobility, and though its gun can’t boast high alpha it has a four-shell clip. The autoloader allows for very comfortable play, emptying and reloading promptly, gauging up the damage-per-minute parameter. The crew consists of four people.
Though French, it’s a Sherman still—so please play it cautiously: the large size and the average protection are still here. Yet, the gun of the M4A1 FL 10 lets you dispatch a single enemy within seconds.”

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Supertest: Swedish Medium Tanks ( UDES 13 ALT 5, UDES 15/16 & UDES 16)

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Hello,

Here are The Swedish Mediums that just entered the Test Server (Tier 8 to 10) respectively, is it to note that the final statistics may vary.

According to Wargaming, “These Swedes’ key feature is their hydropneumatic suspension. It’s like the one employed in top-tier Swedish TDs, but the new medium tanks enter the Siege Mode automatically when their speed drops. This way, their gun depression can reach -13 degrees.

Also, the new Swedish mediums all have a small size and a good alpha. The UDES 15/16 (Tier X) is the newly-minted champion of its class with 460 points of damage. The Swedish newcomers’ mobility is enough not to lag behind the teammates.”

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UDES 16 (Tier IX)

(No Statistics yet available)

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Got any tank games?

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Hello,

Ed Francis has donated his entire pricy collection of tank games to The Tank Museum which prompted the museum’s desire to create an exposition surrounding objects that have helped to impact generations:

If you have any Tank games or any other important tank related objects that could possibly enrich this collection, please do consider donating them to the museum which will take good care of it.

You can contact The Tank Museum archive peeps at library@tankmuseum.org .

Have a nice day!

Wargaming’s 2019 Promises

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Hello,

seems like Wargaming is ending the year on a strong note with the news on their portal as they are promising a lot for 2019. Many of these promises were actual topics we discussed 2ish years ago and been asking as far as 3 years now but even although that time is distant now but like I recently wrote, I believe that is still not late for World of Tanks to turn things around.

So let’s see what we are to expect next year!

I’ve recorded my first proper WoT video in years to talk about the matter:

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Subnautica For Free

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Hello,

I just would like to let you know that Subnautica is currently being offered on the Epic Website for free: https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/product/subnautica/home

Subnautica is a very aesthetically pleasing game which in my opinion could be one of the best, if not the best, co-op game out there if only they didn’t have rushed the game out, however, is still a very good single player experience.

If you would like to see gameplay on it, The Mighty Jingles has made a complete playthrough:

Enjoy!

Is World of Tanks Dying? An insider perspective

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Good morning,

Quickybaby has made a very well spoken and detailed video on the health status of World of Tanks given that the developer team started adding bots to fill empty team slots in the servers and mainly for the past two years the company has been ramping up P2W.

Quite honestly, QB got things very right from a consumer perspective but one thing I will add is that even although P2W has been pushed hard into the game for the past 2 years, there were already signs of this turn around roughly 3ish years ago with the introduction of the Japanese Heavy line but the true give away was, in fact, the Chieftain development which happened in the same period. Continue reading

Fjords Changes

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Hello.

These are the supertest Fjords changes:

It’s nice to see they are tackling some of the issues in this map by making the bases perhaps more interesting but I am not sure about the main centre area, as since the last changes this map feels biased towards those who spawn on the right side with the foolish deforestation ideas and a hill which only the right side Lights can safely climb without getting shot by the camper TDs on the base.