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Posted: Jan 30th 2012 11:13AM Stilllove said

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@Plastic There are MANY fans of TERA in Russia, we don't want a sub-standard service and extra costs associated with quality proxies, ESPECIALLY AFTER BEING PROMISED SOMETHING.
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Posted: Jan 30th 2012 10:37AM Stilllove said

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News from EU -
UPDATE - Hello,

We would like to inform you that are currently discussing this matter internally. Should there be any changes to our current policy regarding IP blocks, we will let you know.

Regards,
Anna

So... now we play the waiting game.

Posted: Jan 30th 2012 10:47AM (Unverified) said

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It doesn't bother me a bit, though even with K-TERA and J-TERA released, it does suck that expats can't play on English servers with friends (I assume these two are included in the 'Asia' catch-all, anyway).

I have no issues with Russia and China being blocked though. I don't know what the Middle East or Africa does with MMOs, but the former two are nothing but blights in games.

Posted: Jan 30th 2012 11:10AM Stilllove said

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@(Unverified)

Thanks for calling Russians and Middle Easterners a blight on the MMO community.
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Posted: Jan 30th 2012 11:21AM (Unverified) said

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@(Unverified) Sad but true fact that russian players are usually having the worst attitude in games. Cheats/BM/Spaming public channels are on their daily routine.
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Posted: Jan 30th 2012 12:05PM Stilllove said

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@(Unverified) And thank you too for being ignorant
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Posted: Jan 30th 2012 5:42PM (Unverified) said

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@Stilllove

Reading comprehension. They said the Russians and the Chinese are blights, not Middle-Easterners :)
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Posted: Jan 31st 2012 6:01AM Cyroselle said

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@(Unverified) ^_^u Read the rest of the thread, it seems evident that Stilllove him/herself is typing from Russia. ...

So far, Stilllove's been a solid poster, not better, no worse than the rest of the Massively Community.
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Posted: Jan 31st 2012 6:03AM Cyroselle said

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@Stilllove Pay those folk no mind, you seem fine to me.

And I've even been in Persian guilds back when I used to play private servers, so have not had a bad experience with Middle Eastern gamers either. Folks need to lighten up!
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Posted: Jan 30th 2012 10:59AM Maraq said

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Banning is a poor solution generally, although it may appear to be, or actually be, the only visible solution. Usually all it accomplishes is to move the symptoms of the problem to another area, or create new symptoms of the underlieing problem.

The real problem is the hackers and exploiters. Not specifically the location they connect from.

Ip banning will simply make a new market in another country, and another, and another. And affect legitimate players in the process. As one poster has already said, ip banning is not likely to be that difficult to circumvent to those with the will to do so.

Its short sighted. Solve the problem, dont move it. Better game design is the answer, not banning.

To play devils advocate, it might be that they simply want to try whatever easiest and most effective, and trying it is the only way to find out i guess. But i have a bad feeling about ip banning. Its too simplistic a solution, and cuts of legitimate players as well.

Posted: Jan 30th 2012 11:00AM Space Cobra said

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Well, from my speculation, it seems pretty obvious that those initial tweets were basically done "by the right hand" not knowing what the "left hand" was doing.

In other words, the game devs were promising the sun and the moon and then Corporate got a hold on it and said, "Nuh-uh!"

So, now they are probably finally sitting down somewhere in a room...or at least exchanging email/memos back-and-forth on the subject, comparing the benefits and pitfalls.

Posted: Jan 30th 2012 11:02AM Eversmann said

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I don't live in the regions that are IP blocked, but I have to say, this is a really LAME and terrible move by En Masse. They basically said that those regions are full of thieves and scum and that they shouldn't be allowed to play the game where they want... So basically blocking whole countries due to few people who try to do criminal activities. Beside that, I'm sure US is full of people who use fraudulent credit cards as well. Also, WoW which is a massive MMO has NO IP restrictions, so how come they don't have such "criminal" problems whatsoever? En Masse is just full of crap.

Posted: Jan 30th 2012 11:17AM fdisk said

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Nobody is talking about bots; we are talking about Gold Farmers. Someone using a bot doesn't affect me, eventually they'll get caught and banned, or worst case scenario they hit level cap without actually playing the game which kind of defeats the purpose if you ask me but to each their own.

Gold Farmers are annoying because they spam your in-game mail, your IM, and ruin you game experience with unnecessary harrassment. Unfortunately, most of these guys are from Russia and Asia, we are not saying everyone in Russia and Asia is a Gold Farmer, we are just saying 90% of them come from that area.

This will cut down on people in the U.S. and Canada getting spammed, a much welcomed improvement to my game experience; and it's not like the people in those regions don't get to play the game, they still have their own servers.

This only affects people whose friends live overseas and while it totally sucks for them their friends in America can still play with them on EU servers; or simply make new in-game friends like I do.
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Posted: Jan 30th 2012 11:28AM Stilllove said

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@fdisk Great, and you will still have gold farmers in your game despite the IP blocks.
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Posted: Jan 30th 2012 11:13AM Arcline said

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I'm not looking forward to this IP block either. I live in NY, but will be moving to Japan in the next few months for work--so I won't be able to pick this game up and play with my friends here after I move.

And yeah, IP blocks never really stopped gold farmers before. They'll circumvent it and limit the other innocent players from being able to play (and many of those players simply won't deal with the hassle of having to circumvent the whole thing themselves).

Posted: Jan 30th 2012 11:21AM (Unverified) said

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En Masse can go to hell with their stolen IP. GW2 and hopefully Secret World will crash em.

Posted: Jan 30th 2012 11:28AM Stilllove said

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The problem here is that Frogster might decide to block IPs too, and we don't know anything until they make a statement. GOLD FARMERS WILL EASILY CIRCUMVENT THE BLOCKS TOO. The blocked players might not be able to access the EU servers - they are discussing it right now but they havn't released anything.

To all of you who think IP banning will stop the HUGE botting / hacking / account stealing / gold farming industry YOU ARE WRONG.

Posted: Jan 30th 2012 11:49AM pcgneurotic said

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@Stilllove

*flash of lightning* *dramatic music*
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Posted: Jan 30th 2012 12:04PM Stilllove said

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@pcgneurotic I have been waiting for this game for over 2 years.
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Posted: Jan 30th 2012 2:46PM nhat said

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@Stilllove The purpose of IP blocks is NOT to get rid of bots but to REDUCE the amount. The purpose of enforcement is not to get rid of something but to REDUCE the amount to a MANAGEABLE amount which is practical to work with.
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