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Access blocked based on country of origin in both Prius Online and ARGO online – Details of blockage.

Access blocked based on country of origin in both Prius Online and ARGO online – Details of blockage.It was just a couple of days ago that i went totally apeshit on Alaplaya’s fucked-up ARGO Online Beta IP blockade that left me out of playing after sending me a beta key, and now it appears that GPotato has picked up the same kind of behavior: blocking away registrations based on IP. What Alaplaya did: first they allowed me to register and THEN banned from playing (i couldn’t even access my account anymore, and their support did not even know why is that). What GPotato does: they won’t even let me register an account while i’m under Russian IP. What a bunch of lousy motherfuckers. Anyways, a gamer can never be turned away from a game by some minor obstacles (unless dealing with Korean government). As i want to play both ARGO Online and Prius Online very badly, i’m exploring ways to get past the IP block and into the games.

First, what is known about the both games’ blockage.

Prius Online.

Prius Online territory coverage There’s a “Territory Coverage” post on Prius forums at GPotato’s by Community Manager Falx, that states the following as of March 4, 2011:


UPDATED 03/04
Hey guys! I’m happy to announce that we were able to significantly expand our territory coverage! Prius Online will now be open to players from North America, Central America, Europe*, Africa and some Asian countries. Do not panic if your country is not covered by gPotato, it only means that the game has already been released or it will soon be released by a local publisher.

Territory that will be covered by us:

North America (Excluding Mexico) Europe (Excluding Turkey, Russia and CIS)
Central America (all countries) Africa (all countries)
Asia: -India
-Iran
-Iraq
-Israel
-Jordan
-Kazakhstan
-Saudi Arabia
-Sri Lanka
-Syria
-Tajikistan
-Turkmenistan
- Afghanistan
-Armenia
-Azerbaijan
-Bahrain
-Bangladesh
-Cyprus
-Kuwait
-Kyrgyzstan
-Lebanon
-Oman
-Pakistan
-Qatar
-United Arab Emirates
-Uzbekistan
-Yemen

You’re not on the list – you’re blocked, that’s the point. If you’re blocked, you won’t even be able to register an account. It is unknown to me at this point if IP check is done during the registration process only, or they’ll check it again later on.

ARGO Online

ARGO Online IP blockage According to Alaplaya Support employee (who was actually a very nice and helpful person, may he find a much better job than his current employees are), European IPs are allowed to play (Excluding, of course, Russia – and don’t know who else).
I assume that USA is not banned either, would anyone care to confirm which countries are included or not, based on your own experience?
If you’re blocked, you CAN create an account and even download the game, but they won’t let you to login into it. What a bunch of lousy… oh, no, i already said that, didn’t i?
Anyway, i have a confirmation from Alaplaya support too, that once ARGO is released, there will be an IP check only during account registration, which means, if you managed to register with the right IP, you will be able to play with your own IP later on.

How to bypass IP block to register for ARGO Online and/or Prius Online accounts?

This is what i’m trying to figure out. I see 2 ways here:

Virtual or dedicated server 1) A virtual or dedicated server with access to its operating system via Remote Desktop session manager, plus said server should be in IP zone of a country that is not banned. Germany, for example.

In a way, it’s both most easy and most complicated way to go on with.
It’s easy because you open a browser window on that computer and register an account, like you would normally do – the difference is, the game’s website will see the server’s IP, not your.
It’s hard because, well, how an average person could get hands-on on a thing like that? Well, either you have a work that has something to do with web hosting and/or administration, or you have someone, who does that kind of work and can help you. Or you’re a damn rich bastard and can buy a server for several months just for the sake of registering in games.
I myself happen to have a person who has a server in Germany, i just have to fall to his feet and beg for a five-minute access to his server’s browser. Will let you know if that works out.

Anonymous proxy servers 2) A program that will let you connect to a proxy server in another country, so your browser will work through that server and the sites you’ll be visiting will see that server’s IP instead of yours. An example of that software is Proxy Switcher.

The downside is that you need to figure out how that thing works and find a server that will let you a proper access. Some ISPs have their own block-lists that won’t let you open a game’s website. But it’s much more accessible way to do things than using a dedicated server.

I’ll be exploring this way further and will post the results soon.

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