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11-24-2008 @ 10:28PM
The problem with the system is that it punishes people who 'work' for the node and rewards those who do nothing. If a bunch of people are standing around a mob-guarded node, none of them are going to make the first move because that one person is going to loose out. The person who makes the first move and kills the mob is a sucker who looses out, while everyone else gets the ore.There's a level of 'node ninja'ing' I tolerate. To me it's like a gold rush - everyone's in to make a profit, you have to get your resources while you can. What I don't like is how the game punishes people who take the intiative. It's negative re-inforcement, it encourages people to let others take a fall so you can benefit. That sounds a bit grandiose when talking about simple mining nodes, but I've met enough people in-game to know that their attitudes and actions usually reflect upon their own real life valuesl, and that's a disturbing precident to me.
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