The Daily Grind: Have you ever felt robbed in an MMO?

    
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The Daily Grind: Have you ever felt robbed in an MMO?

The title of this Daily Grind can go in a lot of directions, can’t it? We could be talking here about an actual thief picking your pack, a ninja looter, maybe even just the game refusing to log your actions at a critical moment.

What prompted this one, however, was remembering the story of one of my old Ultima Online houses. I spent weeks building that house, tile by tile, in the form of a Tokuno Isles multi-roomed teahouse. No one else had anything quite like it, and I lived in it for years.

That is, until I was reading the forums one day and I happened to see pictures of my house in a thread collecting kudos and accolades. Only it wasn’t my house; it was someone else’s house. That someone had clearly seen my house, taken pics, and recreated it on another server, down to the tile, and then posted screenshots claiming full credit.

Does this really matter? No. It’s not like there are tangible rewards for having a pretty house in a video game sandbox. All the compliments were really for my work, and the plagiarist had to go to bed at night knowing he was a fraud. But even knowing all that, I still felt robbed, and it killed my enjoyment of the house. I eventually moved to a new house in Zento and started over.

Have you ever felt robbed in an MMO?

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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NeoWolf

Helped a guy and his girlfriend who started playing COH, spent months helping them, teaching the game, helping them level and do trials, giving them enhancements etc.. all super grateful and nice. Then log in one day they left the Guild (SG), robbed the guilds bank of everything everyone had spent years gathering, blocked me and were never seen again..

NCsofts response, you let them in, your fault, tough sh**.

sh**ty people hiding everywhere sadly, trust people, help them but always play it safe as some people use kindness and generosity as a means to take advantage.

So yes I have felt robbed in an MMO because I was.. LITERALLY :)

Also had my original WoW account hacked and pillaged and all my characters except one deleted, it was worth about 300k gold total with all my stuff, gear, recipes and mats etc.., back when that was a significant amount of money. I’d long since stopped playing it though, so didn’t really care much.

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Demon of Razgriz

I’ve heard stories about that in CoH. Also have heard stories of players being kicked out of SG’s after helping them make improvements (happens to me once). That’s why I only chose to use the bases for fast travel.

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Castagere Shaikura

In Aion a guy I met was helping me out as a new player. He decided to send me a lot of coin as a gift. NCsoft accused me of buying gold and banned me for a week. I never went back to that game. Even talking to support was useless. They basically told me I was a liar.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Ive been robbed twice on Project Ascension. One time someone hacked my account and transfered all my gold from every character. I lost about 15,000 gold total which is plenty for that server. Another time when after servers merge I lost 5 lowlevel bank characters, and every one of them had fully filled bank slots + tons of stuff in mail and bags.

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Tobasco da Gama

I claimed a free month of FFXIV off a Twitch promotion, and now I can’t play any more, at all, without subscribing, even though “free trial” accounts now have access to all the Heavensward content.

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Croquantes

Uhh, you do know that the “Free Trial” has insane limits, like a stupidly low cap on the amount of gil you hold? Just subscribe when you want to play, and unsub when you don’t.

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styopa

Probably all the people that reacted …significantly… way back in early WoW when I’d sit in Org and “/me picked your pockets of 1g 34s 11c. You didn’t detect it until too late!

That stayed fun for quite a while. I’m sorry to all of you.

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Phubarrh

Still stewing over the time in EQ2 when the perks to be offered in All-Access included the chance to pick up one item in the cash shop each month worth up to $20 (that’s on the level of a mount or premium housing)…which then, due to complaints from players who wanted to buy $1 floor tiles, was diminished to Station Cash valued at $5.

Back in the game now, I’m faced with either waiting four months to get the bat-swarm flight form that I want for my Freeblood, or shelling out the cash up front.

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xpsync

Kinda? Before modernization, remember no buy back, i’ve bought the wrong thing sometimes, or sold something, and yeah OUCH.

But the most memorable burn was buying an epic expensive blueprint in OG SWG, those who played back then will know that currency was far from easy to come buy and i’d been saving for months, always being super frugal, and thought one day ok let’s splurge and buy a vehicle, spoil myself.

Turned out i only bought the blueprint, it wasn’t a ship/vehicle F! and now i’m broke af, almost stopped playing over that. Anyway i emailed the seller, told him what happened and nothing. Days later i get an email from him and yeah we met up and was not broke af anymore lol. So felt robbed but was my own stupidity really, the game is epic deep af and i guess i thought you’d turn it into a vehicle using the blueprint, way deeper than that, but anyway it was Game on! again :)

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Croquantes

Oh, like the blueprints for the factory that you needed a whole dedicated crafting character to even use right?

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Jeff Risu Dailey

Back in the old UO days when you could steal from chest in a locked house if they were right next to a wall.

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Bryan Turner

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Bruno Brito

Is that how you’re supposed to feel when Funcom forced us to play SWL instead of TSW?

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Tanek

After the story content dried up and they never brought back all holiday content from TSW? Maybe.

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Paragon Lost

lol. Nice… and yes that’s exactly how I feel. :)

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Oleg Chebeneev

I dont see much difference tbh

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Bryan Turner

Honestly I think SWL works better than the original, it’s a shame it didn’t launch that way since it would have given us more funds for content.

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Bruno Brito

It depends how you perceive it, honestly: SWL was, undoubtely, better as a questing experience because it streamlined the process. The problem was the rest of how the game was designed: Aegis System for everything ( no one liked Aegis ), several worth of content gutted because of the streamlining, the weapon system was incredibly anti-synergestic, which wasn’t a problem that happened with the wheel ( yes, the wheel was full of flaws, but wacky builds was a fun part of TSW. SWL weapon system is extremely bad at making your two weapons work together ). Oh, and the monetization.

I think SWL could have been better if instead of them reinventing the wheel ( literally ), they focused on streamlining the content, while keeping what made TSW fun ( Fusang, the wheel, no Aegis ). Alas, it didn’t happen.

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Brazen Bondar

Or how about that sale for TSW membership they did like 2 months before the announcement that we were all going to be forced into SWL?!