Cheating in online games can get you banned–we all know that. Worse yet, it might get you (or your characters) humiliated, at least if the game is Guild Wars 2.
A thread (via Massively Overpowered) on the game’s official forums recently popped up where players complained about a certain cheater, who appeared to be using hacks in-game. Worse yet, this character hadn’t done so to simply get extra money or items they hadn’t earned, but to use exploits in the game’s competitive multiplayer mode. One person even provided video evidence of the cheater in question.
The discussion went without an official response for the better part of two weeks, but I dare say it was worth the wait. Game security lead Chris Cleary addressed the matter this week, writing, “We don’t need to see it in-game, sometimes good video evidence is enough for me to track down who it was. In this case, the video was enough for me to find out who it was and take action. Thanks for the video, and to accompany your video, I give you this video of his account’s last moments.”
His post linked to the video above, which shows Cleary (or someone else at ArenaNet) logging into the cheater’s account, stripping a character of his gear, and then jumping to his death in the middle of Divinity’s Reach, a major city in the game. They then log out and proceed to delete the character, as well as one another.
World of Warcraft constantly changes. It changes in patches in small ways (buffs change, spell power changes making a formerly useless ability stronger, or a strong ability weaker) and it changes between expansions in much larger ways. If I still played a fury warrior today the way I would have played one back in Wrath I’d be using Whirlwind as part of my rotation.
Between player action (players roll alts, switch mains and change roles) and the game’s inexorable forward progress, there are always new things to learn, which require us to unlearn what we did before. Factor in returning players who take weeks, months, even years off – I’ve seen a lot of Hey, I left the game in X expansion, what’s different now emails in my time at wow gold ideal – and you have a continuous problem for World of Warcraft in people who have, in essence, a different game in mind when they play. This issue affects gameplay in numerous ways, both for those players (and eventually, we’re all those players) and for the game itself.Read More