Grabbed this from over at Wargamer.
Thursday, December 22, 2005
Industry News : Blizzard Cancels 18,000 WoW Accounts
Posted by Sean Drummy @ 13:09 EST
Note to self: Don't cheat with Blizzard games.
Blizzard also released word that they will remain vigilante for anyone still looking to make a buck off of their MMORPG saying that cheating, exploiting, or selling items of ANY kind for real money are all grounds for a permanent ban of accounts.
You know, I don't care for the MMORPG scene, you have to spend too much time on it to actually get anything out of it.
You have to be part of a guild to be safe, the guild insists on you playing enough so you are powerful enough so that when you join in you're not just an instant casualty.
That all said though, I applaud anyone actually bright enough to design a program capable of artificially simulating a human's playing of the game, enough the program can actually "play the game" and actually generate credible usable real world coin from selling in game coin.
I think over all, Blizzard needs to accept, the world is what it really is, and its game exists in the real world, even if their game isn't part of the actual real world.
Bust cheaters yes, but bust smart people that are only making good use out of the game? No that's dumb.
That's as dumb as saying you can't play Magic the Gathering professionally for real cash.
That's like saying there's something wrong for getting paid to play hockey well.
We all like to make a quick easy buck when we can. And does it actually hurt anyone, if you sell in game items, to other players, for actual real world money?
I can see it being unfair to have cheats.
But I have known people that made good money off of game coin. It's possible those same people should eat better, sleep more, and occasionally expose themselves to sunlight.
Blizzard, you need to get a grip. So what if your game is being exploited for gain, and so what if it runs contrary to your EUA.
What I wantr to know though, is can we get some of these dudes making these programs to speak with some of our wargame designers
I wouldn't mind playing against an AI that was actually useful hehe.