, or simply SEQ
, is an open source
program originally released in 1999
. It allows players of the MMORPG
to view useful information about the game which normally wouldn't be available to them. While ShowEQ can provide information about a players statistics and a list of enemies in the current game area (zone) amongst many other things, it is predominantly known for its mapping feature. The map displays a player's location, along with the locations of surrounding enemies (NPCs), items, and player characters (PCs) in the area.
ShowEQ was highly controversial from its introduction. Simply using the software is a clear violation of Sony Online Entertainment
's (SOE's) End User License Agreement
, and is an explicitly bannable offense. The program was a Linux
-based program, but there was a port developed for Microsoft Windows
. There have been several Windows programs that do similar things.
ShowEQ was created by Megaton as a private project that started off as a simple text interface to a packet sniffer. Megaton later joined Ashran from Hackersquest in 1999 and released the program with a graphical interface to the public. Originally Everquest
had no encryption
on the player packets. Because of ShowEQ and because of some of the hacks that were going on, Verant Interactive
started encrypting the player packets. It was quickly broken by Ashran, Megaton and the community at Hackersquest.
Shortly after this, someone decided to port ShowEQ to Windows.... Read More