Evony Ads Go From Bad To Worse To Awesome

You live on the internet, so we know you've seen them: ads for Evony, pathetic attempts at enticing people to play an online game run by shady types by using boobs. Least, they were pathetic. Now, they're hilarious.

I rock Adblocker, so I actually haven't seen these in a while. Which is a pity. If ever an ad was going to make me reach for the "disable" button, it would be these more recent Evony ones, what began as an attempt to cash in on Lord of the Rings having obviously become a rush to secure the services of girls appearing on porn movie box art from the 1990s.

And no, I didn't make that last bit up.

LazyGamer have posted a great gallery (recently updated to encapsulate the game's recent offerings) charting the "turn" of Evony's ads, from their humble beginnings in the Tower of Gondor to the boobs smorgasbord they offer today. Sad/fun reading awaits.

A History of Evony Ads – The insanity continues [Updated-Again] pLazyGamer, via JeffGreen]


Comments

    It makes you feel like King!!!

    Never seen them. Don't see adverts on Kotaku either thanks to adblock plus firefox plugin.

    The site has been Kotaku'd. It's down.

    I thought it was some porno game at first and was wondering how it was featured in fanfiction.net. Thank you Adblocker for ridding me of it... FOREVER!

    Please tell me this is someone extracting the urine...

    Over 11 million players! Ha, how many signed up wanting to see boobs?

    Has anyone actually played this?

    "I rock Adblocker so I haven't actually seen these"

    Doesn't your income and the stability of your entire business depend on people NOT blocking ads?

    Yeah wait a go luke, shot in foot or what?

    Sounds nasty either way. Trashy porn models aside, spyware/loggers in my flash game? Yes please! From the comments on the above site:

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    Lee
    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.

    Lee
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      that was extrememly interesting.

      i wish i was some super computer programmer/engineer guy

    i fixed a adware on a pc the other day, and the only thing it did was redirect IE to that game or ads of that game, all with big boobies everywhere.

    evony is a webgame established by a Chinese company which sold wow gold in the past, wowmine.com. They often cheat their customers. I don't believe they will behave better in evony.

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