World of Warcraft goes on the offensive against bots

    
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World of Warcraft botters, beware: Blizzard is coming after you hard. The studio said yesterday that it has leveled the banhammer against several accounts — perhaps as many as 100,000 for up to six months — using botting software.

The notice of the action was short and to the point: “We’ve recently taken action against a large number of World of Warcraft accounts that were found to be using third-party programs that automate gameplay, known as ‘bots.’ We’re committed to providing an equal and fair playing field for everyone in World of Warcraft, and will continue to take action against those found in violation of our Terms of Use. Cheating of any form will not be tolerated.”

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Mequar
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Mequar

Ceder Mequar I am not condoning what i did, i am explaining why i did it.
I guess you missed my entire post:
I did not bot in groups. It was always solo. 
I did not collect mats or mine nodes.
My botting did not affect anyone, as i did not take anything away from the economy. All gold i’ve obtained was through quest rewards.
But it’s ok – people have preconceived animosity towards bots, without realizing there are different agendas for using them in a non-intrusive way.

Ceder
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Ceder

Mequar You said, “I do not condone any botting that affects others…”

Then you shouldn’t condone what you did.

I think you fail to understand that you play an mmo.  Your actions, even botted, do affect others.  Your botting was in groups and your contribution to the group(or most likely lack there of with typical bots, affects the results of those groups.  You also admit to using the bot to exploit a mechanic, level farm etc.  Other players have to compete with bots like yours for mats and other resources and do not receive any benefits that you experienced from your “exploiting”.

All in all what you did 100% affects others in the game either directly or indirectly.  Honestly in your case, I think after 6 months you’ll be right back at it doing the very same thing because you still think its ok.  You should’ve been perm banned.

Ceder
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Ceder

usagizero A_Dad Supreme  Its mostly a placebo button too by all accounts.

Gottphoenix
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Gottphoenix

blizzard banned more cheaters in wow than most mmos had players in their lifetime (not just including this banwave ofc)

props to that!

Loyheta
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Loyheta

Mequar meant pay to win but *shrug* I’m sure you guys caught that.

Loyheta
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Loyheta

When you have a game that mostly expands vertically you get people looking for shortcuts. Whether that is heirlooms, powerleveling, botting, or whatever you have people out there willing to cut corners because the game has become too bloated with outdated and obsolete content. It has become so bad that they are selling 80s instead of crunching the numbers.
Hell I have a friend that has been around since tBC dropped and he is considering using a farming bot just to get the gold to buy tokens. (wait he is grinding so he will have the opportunity to grind next month. Sounds more like a job). I told him that was scumbag territory and if he is willing to stoop to that he should just quit playing.

Loyheta
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Loyheta

TheDonDude *lights molotovs*

Loyheta
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Loyheta

usagizero A_Dad Supreme 100% of the time I just ignore.. and I know that is pointless because they don’t usually message me twice. FFXIV is great but some of its decision are profoundly stupid.

Loyheta
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Loyheta

Mequar I also appreciate your candor. You won’t get sympathy from me on your choice. I can empathize with how arduous leveling can be but that is part of the experience. If you are looking to play a game without having to level or gear… buy a 80 on wow or play one of those buy to play games. But I’m sure you came here just to share your experience and not for a lecture.

Loyheta
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Loyheta

And now all the gold spammers are buying up stolen CC numbers to buy more accounts. :D