The Daily Grind: When has a wholesome MMO feature wound up backfiring?


A few weeks ago, the Ultima Online team released a newsletter, and its very first entry caught my eye.

“I want to address a pressing issue regarding the distribution of misleading materials in town,” the devs wrote. “Dropping books that claiming any third party client is legal, along with instructions on how to use it, will result in a 24-hour ban for veteran accounts and a permanent ban for EJ accounts. It’s crucial to note that any third party client is not legal.”

In other words, people were taking one of the best features in UO – the ability to write anything you want in books – and basically advertising their shitty cheat. The most wholesome thing in the game, used for roleplaying and actual libraries of poetry and in-game guides, now being used for cheats. Grrrrr!

Do you have any similar experiences? When have you seen a truly wholesome MMO feature backfire in some dreadful way?

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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