MapleStory 2 staffer caught using GM powers to benefit personal account

    
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Someone at Nexon’s MapleStory 2 team has been up to no good, according to a recent producer blog. Following the game’s head start, “the MapleStory 2 and Nexon America team set up a monitoring process to ensure none of our systems, including GM/admin power, get abused on the live server.” Over the course of said monitoring process, the team “identified abnormal activities on some of the accounts and found that an internal staff member had been using live test accounts with GM power to benefit their personal account.” Tsk tsk.

Some of the actions that the team identified included the staff member in question “resetting the dungeon count for theie personal account to progress faster,” “creating and dropping certain items to increase gear score faster,” and even giving other players an unethical leg up by “clearing dungeons for others within a few seconds.”

In response, the team has “taken the strongest possible measures toward the identified staff” by blocking their personal accounts as well as “a small number of other accounts with abnormal dungeon runs.” The post assures players that the team “did not find any signs of these accounts impacting the in-game economy” and promises that Nexon will continue to be transparent with any other incidents going forward.

Source: Official Site. Thanks, Summer!

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Bruno Brito

Why screw up your paycheck like this?

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A Dad Supreme

Using GM powers to make your character “cuter” than all the other players is frowned upon.

Send him to Sparkle Jail.

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kgptzac

“strongest possible measures” and yet I don’t see any mention of firing the culprit so I can only take it as some kind of joke.

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Yaner

He got a firm talking to no doubt!

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Greaterdivinity

Seriously…how fucking dumb are you to try to cheat your own bloody employer like that?

If you’re dumb enough to do that, you shouldn’t have a job. Period.

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Mewmew

I don’t get this. What’s fun about pressing a single button to instantly clear a dungeon. This game is about playing it and experiencing that play.

Well I hope briefly having the few extra trinkets he got in game for a bit was worth his job.

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Hikari Kenzaki

Yeah, this is going to happen. Any support is going to have a few bad apples or just people who think they can get away with something.

As has been said, I bet there are many other games that don’t have any sort of monitoring on this at all.

I think in today’s mob neg reviewing, it was good for them to come out and say ‘This happened and yes we banned some player accounts because of it’ to get ahead of the ‘I was unfairly banned’ wave.

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Armsbend

PR piece. They could have easily handled this internally – as literally no one on earth cares – but instead they made it a presser. “See? We care this game we want you to play but we also desperately need people saying ANYthing about it.”

I remember when this type of thing used to confuse me too.

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Mewmew

Is it? What if they’re actually trying to do things differently and more transparent with this game. Does the cynicism of the public not allow them to do so?

I’m glad they came right out and told us. I think it was actually them trying to do things in a new way for this game. If they handled it internally and people got wind of it, we’d hear all this stuff about how they were trying to hide it and keep it hushed under the table. I guess they can’t win either way.

They took out everything that people would consider pay to play and heavily changed the game from its Korean counterpart. They really have been trying hard to do things differently with this game for real. So I’m going to trust them on this one.

We see this stuff constantly about Eve. Every time a volunteer player CS type person over there farts there’s a story about it. I actually found this one about MS2 to be pretty interesting. Maybe that’s because I’m really into Maplestory 2 right now.

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Siphaed

Because if they didn’t make it public, and the public somehow found out about the cheating (a few second dungeon runs for ‘buddies’, you bet someone would brag about or find out about it), the backlash would be a PR nightmare. They have to bring this to light because of its possible affects on the game’s community and the company’s integrity going forward.

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traja

Seems like the most plausible explanation. At least on the few private servers that I was GM for it was more of a rule than an exception to cheat a little with your powers. If you only do it for yourself in reasonable amounts it is pretty much impossible for players to notice, but once you start cheating for your friends as well it almost always comes out. So my guess is that this happens all the time in smaller scale but it’s not made public.

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Zora

“Caught” being the operative word here… how many in other studios are not or don’t get advertised when they are, we shall never know.

Kudos for admitting that it happened to begin with, no matter the bad publicity!