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Posted: Dec 17th 2011 2:21PM (Unverified) said

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Sigh... just phoned my retailer where I preordered and they said they can't release my collectors edition until street date.... Dec 20th... ARRGH!

Posted: Dec 17th 2011 5:07PM Viiral said

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@(Unverified) 2 days grace period
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Posted: Dec 17th 2011 2:22PM NeverDeath said

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This is not newsworthy. Even F2P games with cash shops have gold/credit farmers. For a game this expensive and a release this anticipated, of course they're going to set up shop.

Posted: Dec 17th 2011 2:44PM smartstep said

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@NeverDeath

Yeah. Essentialy all mmorpg's have gold farmers and gold sellers. P2P, F2P, Freemium, etc all does have this.

Swtor will suffer from this as well.

Game publishers only can minimize this by various actions, tigher control, good GM tools, nice policy, etc

Though impossible to eradicate totally.
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Posted: Dec 17th 2011 3:04PM jimr9999us said

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@NeverDeath
Agreed. More World of Tanks "mmorpg" praise please Massively.
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Posted: Dec 17th 2011 4:01PM Ehra said

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@jimr9999us

What makes it news worth, as far as I can tell, is that the game hasn't even officially launched yet. It's an early start for the collector's edition players and there's still heavy gold farming activity. It's not something people would typically expect.

But I guess you could turn this into a QQ fest because a blog site praises a game that doesn't fit your own made up personal definition of what makes a tr00 MMO. I guess you've got the time to spare.
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Posted: Dec 17th 2011 6:28PM Eric Francis said

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@smartstep Ive always found claims of gold farming being hard to eradicate hard to beleive.

Just put one employee on an 8hour a day shift and as a first step, get him to ban any player that spams gold farming URLs in game. Ban the account, so that the gold farmers loses 50$ each time. Then just buy gold from the website directly, and finish them off by banning all accounts that the gold is traded in-game.

How long do you think anyone in his right mind would continue this "profitable" venture?

The game companies are making money on the sale of boxes to gold farmers, i think thats whats keeping them from doing more than just posturing against gold farming.

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Posted: Dec 17th 2011 7:09PM Ehra said

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@Eric Francis

This is assuming they don't steal the accounts of the people they sell their services to. I'd imagine a large number of the accounts used by gold sellers were never actually bought by those sellers. Don't need to buy a new box to make up for lost accounts if you get 100 customers a day and of those you take, say, 10 of those accounts and clear out their characters and guild vaults.
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Posted: Dec 18th 2011 10:16AM cforciea said

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@Eric Francis

Or if they aren't hacked accounts, they are using stolen credit cards to open them up. You don't really think gold farmers use their own money to open up the spambot accounts that you always see, do you?
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Posted: Dec 21st 2011 2:34PM (Unverified) said

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@Eric Francis
So you expect that 1 employee working 8 hours a day could effectively police a game that's claiming over 1 million subscribers?

You must know one super efficient person.
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Posted: Dec 17th 2011 2:24PM crazypoker said

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And what about people who received their boxes whithout a product-code??? and Bioware's reaction like: IF you buy a washing machine and a piece is missing you go to the retailer not the manufacturer.

Look here: http://www.swtor.com/community/showthread.php?t=25240

Posted: Dec 17th 2011 2:33PM dudes said

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@crazypoker Ooooooooooooops.
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Posted: Dec 17th 2011 4:25PM DevilSei said

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@crazypoker

Sadly, this isn't exactly the first time this has happened. In fact, its the second time a "special" edition of a game they released/are releasing had its codes missing. Dragon Age 2 and its special "Signature Edition" pre-order version had the issue of a major chunk of its SE content being non-existent in the case, mine being one of them. It took me nearly a week JUST to get the code that is supposed to be for all new copies of the game (EA's project $10 code) and some of the other promised stuff, and I still never received the sound track.

The fact that this seems to be an actual trend forming isn't exactly a good thing for them.
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Posted: Dec 17th 2011 2:53PM Seffrid said

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I hope Bioware make an important initial stand and publicly give a permanent account ban to anyone caught buying credits. They have enough compliant customers to be able to take firm action against the non-compliant ones.

Posted: Dec 17th 2011 2:59PM JohnD212 said

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I only ordered the regular version of the game but I have to say that collectors edition is sweet. I love goodies!!!!

Posted: Dec 17th 2011 3:16PM (Unverified) said

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This is via Shacknews, from the seller's site:

"If you consider PVE and Raids, you need to have some good weapons and the armors, and the people become more interested to get you in the group. They realize that you can damage more. Regarding crafting, you have to have the best materials to make the best equipment. If you are unable to have the best equipments, it becomes difficult for you to be a great crafter on your server. Even you are a talented one, the only one hit can take you down and you lose"

If ANYONE is stupid enough to read that and still buy from them, they deserve to have their account hacked and lost.

Posted: Dec 19th 2011 1:14PM (Unverified) said

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@(Unverified)

hehe, yeah, it's kinda' sad. But people have already made up their mind to buy gold before they even see the site.

~V
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Posted: Dec 17th 2011 3:17PM Ensiferum259 said

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How many times in 20 minutes can one person obviously say obviously?

Posted: Dec 17th 2011 8:13PM (Unverified) said

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@Ensiferum259 From this video, a lot "obviously" haha
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Posted: Dec 17th 2011 5:24PM Amlin said

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Lol, gold farmers don't waste any time.

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