Thursday, March 1, 2012

Banhammer and Botting

If you have ever played a MMO you have seen people who use macro 'bots' to build up hoards of items or in game currency. Some of them then sell these things online for real money to people who want but do not have.

Of course, every game fights this. CCP came down with the ban hammer today on the bots. The players are happy but they also feel as if it is just a pre-fanfest ploy. However, fanfest propaganda or not, it is good to see them banned.

The question is how many? Many that complained had 2-10 accounts botting for them. There was a server drop of 10k people. So many? Holy hell.

http://failheap-challenge.com/showthread.php?5791-pre-fanfest-macro-purge/page2&s=78a4258887eeb7d8b651acbbf73c581a

https://forums.eveonline.com/default.aspx?g=posts&m=868049#post868049

https://forums.eveonline.com/default.aspx?g=posts&m=868167#post868167

Some say botters are also paying for the game so they should not be penalized for what they do. Perhaps, they do pay, yes, but they do effect game play. You want to play against people who have the skills and mistakes of another person. The bots with their spam in local trade hubs, +.01 isk warfare and ratting and mining are negatives to the game, regardless. The developers do need isk but they also need players and players need a game that they can play against other players.

In rookie chat, RMT folks spam the channel trying to get you to buy isk for irl money. CCP already has that feature in place with PLEX. To buy from a RMT is to risk losing your account since its against the rules. Plus, they are all types of shady. At least give the cash to the shady people that provide you the game if you do not wish to earn your isk in game.

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