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Posted: Oct 12th 2009 7:53PM (Unverified) said

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Seems like they could just run a IP sniffer and if you have more than 10 people playing from the same IP track it, find out if its a internet cafe or "bang", and if it isnt block the ip till someone calls.
I have been wondering why Aion doesn't just block IP's from countries other than where the servers are sitting. It's really not that hard, hell my mail server won't receive anything from Russia, and im a total noob. I highly doubt a farming company is gonna shell the money to shadow or rotate IP's.

Posted: Oct 12th 2009 8:08PM Nadril said

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They try this, but it's so easy to run through a proxy server which makes the idea of banning ip's like that not very effective.
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Posted: Oct 12th 2009 8:33PM RogueJedi86 said

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I read this on WoW forums, is it true?

"Your computer motherboard and cpu create a unique serial number the folks at steam used these numbers to ban computers from logging on to counter strike you would to buy a new machine"

If that's true, can't MMO GMs or whoever just ban computer IDs? You can't trick that with a proxy, and it'd be costly to buy a new computer every time you get banned. Surely that would harm the efforts of the Goldfarmers/sellers/power levelers, with the added advantage of not having to ban an innocent hacked player's entire account, just the computer the hacker was on(which wasn't the original account owner's computer).

Sounds almost too easy, is there a catch to that method?

Posted: Oct 12th 2009 11:14PM Joystiq Login Bugs SUCK said

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It is possible but also very easy to bypass. There are programs which sit between the game and the internet changing this number to anything randomly generated.

Banning based on this doesn't work except for your average clueless but problematic unsocial player.

The best bot detection results I believe would come from a combination of Hueristic detection (looking for specific play styles (like running the same circle 24 hours a day without stopping) and player reporting. The linked article suggests this method is one used...

Real players hate to earn money as it's not fun
Real players love to group as it's fun

If your suspect toon is earning lots of money and refuses to group, preferring to solo, then he is likely a bot.

((Yes the last part is sarcasm in case you heard the whoosh))
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Posted: Oct 13th 2009 7:59AM (Unverified) said

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"... and the 100 pound gorilla that is World of Warcraft ..."

That would be what ... a pygmy gorilla, a runt gorilla? ;p

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