Thursday, January 22, 2009

HAHAHAHAHAHA! (lolSalvageDupers) (Or: The Adventures of Schadenfreude in the Melancholy Land of Final Fantasty XI)

I believe the germans call it Schadenfreude...

Anyway, looks like SE has had all it can stands and it can't stands no more.
In November 2008, we discovered an issue that allowed players to create multiple items for certain treasures and rewards in areas such as Salvage and Assault by exploiting the game system.

The issue was fixed during emergency maintenance on November 26, 2008. However, we discovered that some players had already exploited the issue and used it to gain additional items before it was addressed. We then investigated more than a year's worth of logs throughout all areas.

As a result of the investigation, approximately 400 players were temporarily suspended based on the evidence gathered. Approximately 550 players who committed more serious misconduct had their accounts banned.

We are working hard to ensure that these kinds of issues do not occur again in FINAL FANTASY XI. However, if you discover any problems with the game system, please submit a GM call or fill out the feedback e-mail form to report the problems to us, instead of exploiting or spreading the issue.

We thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
Thread on BG about it I'm reading now. I'm told somebody with multiple relics no longer has an account. Should be a LOLtastically entertaining read.

Duping has destroyed the economies of other MMOs entirely, and is a known bannable exploit in multiple games dating back more than a decade. It also resulted in massive inflation that fucked over (and benefitted) lots of people in FFXI about two years ago. So the usual Q_Qing about how unfair the LM-17s are should be amusing.

A day or three off might give people some time to think about how they could better spend their time cheating in WoW or something.

I'm curious how the bannings will affect my rank? They yank your rank and info off pretty quickly when your account is inactive (say, your credit card stopped working), so I might get ~50 higher overall and maybe 5 higher on Hades by doing nothing.

I should probably take advantage of the likely HNM disarray by camping Adamantoise again. I got my egg and BB, but we still have a bunch of people in Epic who would like one.

Anyway, go read the thread. It's likely quite funny.

Minor Update: Alternate titles for this post included "It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas", but apparently there's a title length limitation on Blogger. (It was a clever reference to my previous post on the subject that I doubt anyone would remember much less "get.")

Also, go check out the Tarutaru Times Online to see what other people are saying on their FFXI blogs about Salvage Dupes and whatnot.

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