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Posted: May 26th 2010 6:35PM (Unverified) said

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That is the most epic banning I have ever seen.

Posted: May 26th 2010 6:36PM Orvidos said

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One can't help but wonder whether Aion or ArenaNet does it better. I'm partial to ArenaNets method.

Still, bots being banned is a good day in my book.

Posted: May 26th 2010 6:41PM (Unverified) said

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That was sweet.

Posted: May 26th 2010 6:52PM J Brad Hicks said

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LOVE IT.

... although I have this one nagging worry. Is the reason that we're seeing this in Guild Wars only because Guild Wars doesn't have to worry about throwing away 3700 x $15/month x 12 months/year = 2/3rds of a million dollars a year's worth of revenue from the botters and cheaters?

Probably not. CCP is just as hard-core in EVE, and it's subscription based. And accounts that get perma-banned are accounts that won't be buying the next expansion pack, so they are turning down 3700 people's future revenues, even if those revenues aren't collected by the month.

Still, there must be some reason why so few of these games are willing to, as CCP memorably put it in a rap video a while back, H.T.F.U. about cheaters and cheating. Because I surely wish they would.

Posted: May 26th 2010 6:59PM Arkanaloth said

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that.. is so frakkin awesome...

@ Orvidos, Aion is owned by NCSoft, same company that owns GW... so they clearly took the idea and did a "Let's do this here too!!!"

Posted: May 26th 2010 7:52PM Orvidos said

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Really? Hmmm. . .ah, right. NCSoft is the big sort of moneyfarm there. Right, right. Still love the idea.
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Posted: May 26th 2010 10:43PM Cristiano Cenizo said

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Guild Wars was developed by ArenaNet. NCSoft is the publisher.
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Posted: May 26th 2010 7:02PM Arkanaloth said

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I may have to pop over to hero's ascent just to see this for myself...

Posted: May 26th 2010 7:09PM mode7overworld said

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Is there still a community in this game? I've had Guild Wars and all the expansions for ages, and I pop in on it periodically before getting bored of playing solo. I really don't know much about it, and I'd like to get cool gear and have fun doing PvE stuff with a small group of helpful folks, but it seems hard to meet anyone or decipher how to play the game beyond simplistic soloing. Help.

Posted: May 26th 2010 7:14PM Rubi said

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Cameron, you are certainly welcome to join us on Thursday nights!

http://www.massively.com/2010/05/05/join-massively-on-a-quest-to-save-tyria-every-week-in-guild-wars
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Posted: May 26th 2010 8:56PM mode7overworld said

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Sounds swell. Is it just a pre-searing, Prophecies get-together, or what?
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Posted: May 26th 2010 11:07PM Orvidos said

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We went into Post-Searing last week, and got armor and the guild cape and the like. This week (Tomorrow) we'll start actually doing Post-Searing questing.
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Posted: May 27th 2010 8:09AM Arkanaloth said

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ahh wish I could join but I'm probably going to be doing a Viz run tonight, depends if they log on or not...
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Posted: May 27th 2010 4:40AM JoeH42 said

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Yet another example of a game doing (with style) something WoW so rarely does or cares to do. I've reported several people over the years that were clearly using bots and Blizzard never did a darn thing about it. And it's pretty much a complete waste of time to report people for violating the naming conventions. It's a surprise when someone even gets a slap on the wrist or asked to change a name that is a clear violation of the rules, because as long as they're paying $15 Blizzard will largely let a player do anything except openly sell gold or accounts. Anyways, my point is Blizzard only cares about enforcing a few of the portions of the EUA and doesn't give a rat's *** about the rest.

Posted: May 27th 2010 10:14AM (Unverified) said

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Agreeing with you 100% on Blizz. I left after 3 yrs with them becausing I got botted twice by the same toon the same day. Reported it and never got a one on one amswer but they were kind enough to leave me an email. When I posted this in their forums I got a 3 day ban for it. Deleted 6 six 80's and rest of toons, cancel subscription and uninstall. Looking forward to Tera first part of next year.
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Posted: May 27th 2010 6:10AM (Unverified) said

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Ooh, lots of people are pretty angry over this. But hey, that's the price you gotta pay when you violate the EULA: you get banned. And what better way to get banned than by an angry former god resembling the Grim Reaper?

Posted: May 27th 2010 10:24AM Djinn said

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I'll never understand why ppl get upset for suffering the consequences of violating the EULA of a game. Sure, maybe you know a lot of ppl who do it, but its still technically against the rules. Might as well get upset about a cop giving you a ticket for speeding. Sure everyone does it but you know its wrong and you can't get upset for getting slapped.
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Posted: May 30th 2010 8:45AM (Unverified) said

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I don't know anyone who violated the EULA. I've always steered clear from such people for a very good reason.
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Posted: May 27th 2010 6:43AM (Unverified) said

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I have to say, that was "off the chain"!

Posted: May 27th 2010 11:50AM wjowski said

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...Huzzah for empty publicity stunts, I suppose?

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