Like I said in one of my earlier posts, I can certainly understand feeling a bit uneasy at the prospect of having many new PC players join the server (even more so, through unofficial means) but I really think this has been blown out of proportion a tad by some of you. Would it really be so bad to take a "wait and see" approach to this, before labeling it as "bringing the server's demise"? Many (I'd easily even say that the large majority) of us PC players just genuinely want the chance to play here, but aren't in much of a financial position to afford buying an intel mac. Sure, there might be a couple that would come here to hack, but if a method like this would bring in a good number of genuine, honest players, isn't that more of a positive versus the negative?
Then of course, there are the PPC players, some of which have played here for years, who will most likely be left a little "high and dry" with the support potentially being dropped. Since older PCs are generally far cheaper than intel macs (at least in terms of something powerful enough for raiding and such), this could also be a huge plus for them as well.
At the very least, give this a little chance if Hobart gives some thought to releasing his own official client with safeguards (I'm not saying there's any chance that he will, but hypothetically speaking). If in the event it were ever to be implemented officially one day, why not at least see how it plays out before all the hostile speculation and assumptions? If it ended up being more of a detriment to the server, rather than something generally beneficial (by the increasing overall player population a bit and helping out current PPC users), it could then be stopped and put to rest.
Fair enough but I"m mostly just worried at this point that they might shut down the server as a result of lots of people hacking their software to get onto it. SOE haven't released a PC client by now and Hobart's been using one for years so I'm guessing they had their reasons. What if problems arise and then there's no easy way to prevent the use of this thing? SOE are leaving AK up free at the moment but if their costs suddenly start rising they may reconsider that. People are free to do what they want but it's a legitimate concern imo.
They're already running on Sony hardware, I highly doubt it's hardware from 2000 like the code.
I imagine they never released a PC client(Even if Hobart is running on one) because this is a mac server .. why would they? They probably never considered it before.
Even if people hack on the server, I doubt they would even pay attention .. let alone shut the server down. s*, PC side hacking was pretty out of hand for two years before they contracted out to another company to reign it all in.