579 - Evony pt. II
Monday, August 17, 2009

Ever since I made a post about the strange Evony adds, and how they have NOTHING to do with the actual game, other people started to post about it. Some funny fake ones out there, and an interesting observation that the boobs one actually had some clothing removed.

Note that Gawker claims that "Web entrepreneur Jeff Atwood... first highlighted the ads..." which goes to show you that I, and the many others out there who probably posted about this topic before me, are simply existing under the radar. Here is Jeff Attwood posting about it a few days after I did. Granted he did a much better job, but one has to wonder if my 1,500 image search hits in the days after posting first may have inspired some of these guys. Or was it just a coincidence? Something to consider in any event. Even still, I am getting about 100 hits a day on noobs searching for Evony and clicking on the boobs image. I guess it really does work.

This boobs ad is a new one to me, and really getting dumb. At least there was some romantic aspect to the princess images and such. The boobs in a bra suggests porn content in the game, which is just a lie, damned lie and statistics.
posted by High Power Rocketry @ Monday, August 17, 2009  
  • At 8/18/09, 7:11 AM, Blogger Art Forums said…

    It is not just the sleazt marketing. It is very possible that Evony is malware: http://www.bruceongames.com/2009/07/16/is-evony-malware/

  • At 8/18/09, 11:39 AM, Blogger R2K said…

    Not at all shocked by that...

    Thanks for the link.

  • At 8/18/09, 11:41 AM, Blogger thimscool said…


  • At 8/19/09, 6:41 AM, Blogger Arjan said…

    I do think you played a big part in putting it out there. The first time I saw this add I also thought..yeah right..what does this got to do with it, if she's a character she'll probably look all pixelated :P

  • At 10/29/09, 12:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    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.


  • At 1/22/10, 6:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I got the new version Evony 3.08. My older version was 2.16.
    The new version has all references to Eric Lam and UMGE removed.
    Neither the comments in the hex code nor the decompiled Actionscript have anything that refers to them.
    Also the scripts that enumerated the active programs and sent and retrieved data with the remote servers is gone,
    except for the actual game network link to the Evony.com game servers.

    Even the code is a bit neater and more efficient.
    At least the heavy scrutiny on them is having some pluses. lol.

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