The Daily Grind: Would you cheat in an MMO if you could get away with it?

    
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A friend of mine in Final Fantasy XI cheated at one point in a way no one was ever going to find out. He bought some gil, because the economy in that game was honestly a mess (thanks in no small part to a concentrated effort by a small part of the Japanese playerbase), which meant that he could buy more stuff without as much tedious farming. But no one was really ever going to get him for it; the developers were more concerned with finding the people selling gil, not buying it, and the only people who knew were people who had not intent of selling him out.

They say, of course, that character is what you do in the dark. Flashy, obvious cheating is the sort of thing you can wind up getting banned for. But what if you could cheat in such a way that either no one would ever find out or you knew you would never face consequences for it? Would you cheat in an MMO if you could get away with it? Or would you still consider it just plain dirty pool?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!

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postlarval

No, I wouldn’t.

However, some games make it very tempting with their ridiculous mechanics that creates excessive pointless grind.

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Chris B

It would depend on the game and what I’m cheating at but the short answer is yes but it would be restricted to RNG type stuff where the probabilities are ridiculously small or unfair. A good example is BDO’s upgrade system. If I could cheat that, I would. I would because the game has zero respect for my time. I could theoretically play the game forever and never upgrade my gear because it’s not reliant on anything I can do right or wrong, it’s about RNG. If the game just rolls me bad numbers all the time I’m screwed. For those who have less time to play any given game and are generally content with slowly progressing, this game takes a big heaping dump on that tolerance and then gives you the finger. I’d cheat the hell out of that system if I could. I enjoy the game-play (outside of the upgrading system) but because of it I’ve opted not to play the game at all.

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k2apa

If it’s 100% guaranteed for current and all future access, Sure.

Else, no, at anytime you can be caught and banned, it’s not worth it.

On other note, I would only cheat if I “Have to” IE: I can no longer progress in the game, or the game is extremely P2W that you Have to pay to continue the game.

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Paragon Lost

No, and if I become aware that I am doing something that is considered a cheat, I will stop doing that as well.

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Dividion

As a general rule, absolutely not.
Occasionally you encounter those edge cases where you might find a safe spot to kill a monster while it can’t hit you, or you might try lagging through the door in the Arwic hub because there’s no one able to pick the lock (until they eventually removed the doors anyway).
But you should never seek out ways to cheat, or cheat “just because you can”. That’s just sad.

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Chosenxeno .

No. Because it’s a game and my Self-Esteem is pretty high. I still don’t get why people do it. It’s not like you can get a sponsorship off your ill-gotten Rank.

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solardragon4114

No I wouldn’t, not just because it would be breaking the rules. It goes way beyond that, I am the type of player that loves to earn everything that I get in a game. I wouldn’t feel like I have earned what I got if I used a cheat. That is why I rarely team in games that support multiplayer. Because when I team I want to make sure that I can pull my own weight. I don’t want to leech off of others. Heck I have had many players invite me in other games because they knew about the way I feel. They even said sure you might not be able to fully pull your weight. But as long as you do something towards to cause you are acceptable to us. But to me I want to pull my full weight or it is a no go.

Finally cheating is breaking my word. When I hit play or agree to abide by the rules I feel as if I have made a promise and I do my very best to never break a promise. In fact I go one step beyond (oops that is the title of an old :TV series). I don’t make a promise unless I know that I can keep it.

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Mewmew

Absolutely 100% NO. An action is right or wrong based on many factors, but whether you can get away with it or not is not one of them. An illegal or shady action, something that is wrong, it doesn’t become okay to do just because you don’t get caught.

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If I feel I have to cheat to enjoy the game, I probably won’t be playing the game much longer.

For me, the enjoyment I get from an MMO is from the journey, not the destination. If you try to cheat while taking a journey, you just end up eliminating the journey (which eliminates the whole point of playing the game).

I’ve never used an instant lvl 60 scroll and cringe when creating characters that start at lvl 50. Hell, I almost never use bonus XP potions either (I have hundreds in my bank slots to prove it). If I don’t even use the legitimate ways of progressing faster in a game, why would I be interested in cheating?

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Loyheta

There can be nothing achieved if you cheat. Nothing has any significance if it was ill-gotten. I use to use codes back in ps1 days and ever since that hollow victory I haven’t cheated.

That said, there are certain games that I get enjoyment out of different aspects. Some games I care more about having fun with physics or messing around. With those games I don’t mind timers being erased or ragdoll being cranked up.