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Posted: Mar 22nd 2011 10:03AM koehler83 said

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Sad.

Posted: Mar 22nd 2011 10:11AM Wildstaff said

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@koehler83
It is very sad, i have absolutely zero sympathy for him. He broke the agreement that he agreed to,multiple times, because archaeology is boring. He knew the risks, and he botted anyway, if anyone helps this guy i hope they get fired and humiliated.

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Posted: Mar 22nd 2011 10:09AM JohnD212 said

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He deserves what he got. I don't feel sorry for anyone who admits to using a bot. I don't care that "it's boring"...don't do archaeology if it's boring. He was doing it for profit (even if it was just in game) and he should be banned. You are warned when you sign up and now he's paid the price. See yah - so long. Seriously I can't stand bots.

Posted: Mar 22nd 2011 10:13AM Apakal said

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@JohnD212

It would be interesting to see the raw data on botting, especially mining and herbalism. I suspect bots are largely responsible for fueling the economy and maintaining some semblance of stability.
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Posted: Mar 22nd 2011 10:33AM Furdinand said

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@Apakal The data on mining and herbing won't show the degree to which bots push real players away from gathering. WoW's economy is pretty reactive, voids don't last long if an item is in demand.

I'm glad this guy got banned, it almost makes me want to renew my subscription.
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Posted: Mar 22nd 2011 10:48AM Apakal said

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@Furdinand

This is true. I'm only speculating and my thoughts are biased because I hate gathering in all ways, shapes, and forms and couldn't be paid to do it.
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Posted: Mar 22nd 2011 12:21PM Ohhlaawd said

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@Apakal

A few friends of mine ran gathering bots. The amount of stuff they ended up with was staggering.

One friend in particular was going through some tough financial times and decided to sell gold to pay the rent. He made all of his gold by vendoring the bars you get from mining. In about a month he had sold something like 300-400k gold, if that gives you an idea of how much raw material a bot can produce.

The problem is that the bots are really sophisticated these days, and Blizzard does a terrible job keeping up with them. This friend of mine made enough money to pay for a couple months rent almost entirely unattended. Long gone are the days where I would macro Magery in UO by having EZ Macro record and play back my mouse movements and keystrokes.
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Posted: Mar 22nd 2011 10:11AM Apakal said

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Eh. His account, his money, his perogative. Who am I to judge?

Posted: Mar 22nd 2011 10:18AM FrostPaw said

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@Apakal

Not his game though, in a world where you play with, against or simply be around other players that you affect, you don't have the right to do whatever you want.
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Posted: Mar 22nd 2011 10:36AM Apakal said

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@FrostPaw

I know. I was merely commenting on his offer, not the actual circumstances of his ban. If he wants to offer a grand to attempt to get his account back, that's his choice.

Do I think he should get his account back? Not so much. Do I really care either way? Not so much.
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Posted: Mar 22nd 2011 2:30PM Utakata said

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Hmmm...Apakal, that name looks familiar. Was this the same Apakal that was arguing with me over the virtues of gold buying in WoW a couple weeks or so back? If so...I see you're least consistant in your cheating apologetics.



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Posted: Mar 22nd 2011 2:57PM Apakal said

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@Utakata

Yup. Granted, gold buying and botting are slightly different, one way or the other it doesn't bother me. You can't gain much more from botting than you can from buying gold outright, at least not in WoW. In the end its still largely a non-issue. When it doesn't affect the game balance, I really don't care.
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Posted: Mar 22nd 2011 10:13AM ndessell said

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and training my 8 year old to farm for me is wrong

Posted: Mar 22nd 2011 10:15AM Krayzjoel said

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So he wants to pay $1000 to continue cheating? Dumb. If i was blizzard Id milk his wallet by monitoring him closely find him cheating again then ask for $5000, then 10000 and on and on. LOL

Posted: Mar 22nd 2011 10:17AM xBludx said

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It's not like straight judgment, though. It can be seen as sad because he cheated and got banned. Rather than learning from it, he sinks into deeper corruption with the offer of the bribe.

Posted: Mar 22nd 2011 10:17AM shockologist said

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Well time to head to Telara.

Posted: Mar 22nd 2011 11:04AM shockologist said

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@Puremallace
True there....just saying maybe its time for a fresh start for this guy. If not RIFT then maybe ROM since it is F2P
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Posted: Mar 22nd 2011 10:17AM Quarlo said

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Probably been playing since launch, with multiple epic geared alts and corral of Sparkle Ponies and he's lost it all because his time is too important to grind Archeology.

HAHA! What a doofus!

Posted: Mar 22nd 2011 10:19AM Pingles said

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They regularly fine tune professions. What kind of knucklehead resorts to a bot rather than waiting a few months until they adjust the profession?

Posted: Mar 22nd 2011 10:24AM alzeer said

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the little less stupid way to spend his money is buying decent account and toss few extra bucks for race/gender/server change and he is g2g

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