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Posted: May 27th 2008 4:43AM (Unverified) said

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Leaving the characters is NOT an option. If Funcom can determine where they started exploiting the bug, then reverting them back to that point would work. Failing that, deletion is probably the best answer. A week ban would probably also not be out of line.

Posted: May 27th 2008 6:49AM Ghen said

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This question has been asked before in just about every game you can imagine. The reality is there is only one good answer, delete the hacker's characters. Make them start over. Yes they will bitch and complain and moan but if they like the game they will continue to play. If you leave the 80's in game not only will it piss off the rest of the community but soon the 80's will be screaming that there's no high level content and that they're bored. This will piss off the community as well as make those high levels leave the game entirely.

It takes balls but its the only way. Proven time and again with other MMOs.

Posted: May 27th 2008 8:45AM GRT said

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Agreed. It seems pretty trivial to compare character level with /played time and make a determination of who used the exploits.

Leaving them in the game will be a PR nightmare, and give the guilds who they belong to a strong upper hand in early-days PVP stuff.

Posted: May 27th 2008 1:40PM (Unverified) said

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If it was allowed by the game design (aka all class spells, abilities etc) and NOT by some external"hack" then it's jsut MMO players being hyper efficient. The slow response on Funcom's part should jsut illustrate to the community where their priorities (and lack thereof) lie. As such the players should not be penalized for power leveling in the msot efficient way possible.

And it's way to early in the game lifecycle to start banning. Even short term. Everyone is suffering from the new gamegleam and chasing people off is a good way for them to realize the turd underneath.

Posted: May 27th 2008 5:31PM Ghen said

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Most developers consider hacking as playing the game the way it is not intended. It does not mean that they have to use a 3rd party utility to hack the game code, just that they are using an exploit intentionally to play the game in a way it wasn't designed.
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Posted: Aug 20th 2008 9:09AM (Unverified) said

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Another example perhaps not quite of nails being driven into the top of the coffin, but what they're building is starting to look more and more like a box.

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