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3-13-2009 @ 4:06PM
Good riddance. Hopefully this hurts the goldfarming industry some and helps the server economy stabilize some.
3-13-2009 @ 4:45PM
maybe a little, but i'd bet that a large majority of gold these days comes from account stealing versus botting.
3-13-2009 @ 5:54PM
You need to understand economics. People who bot, typically do it to level reputations and their on characters, not to sell them. Those that sell their characters have no impact on the economy as they level an 80 toon and sell them for $500-800 and a make a profit basically playing WoW (good for them). The last portion, sell gold to 3rd parties. They make very little real world money for their efforts, and in the end, it doesnt hurt the economy at all. It actually stimulates the economy by driving down the price, providing a steady stream of needed items to the Auctionhouse, etc. If they didnt exist you would find it more difficult to find the items you want, they would cost more, and you'd would likely be complaining about the amount of hours it takes to create X crafted item. Thank you Glider and other companies who have made a wonderful application that not only enhances World of Warcraft, but has also brought countless hours of pleasure to your members. I hope you can appeal this decision and make way for more innovative technologies in the realm of Massively Multiplayer Online Games.
3-13-2009 @ 6:19PM
Mike... you sir fail. And the reason why the game is ruined for many of us.
3-13-2009 @ 7:01PM
Mike, your ignorance is astounding. Try considering BOTH sides of the equation, and consider how it affects your ability to buy a rare item when the demand for it is being fuelled by people who have purchased gold for RL cash.
3-13-2009 @ 8:26PM
Actually The Claw, YOU are extremely ignorant for not being open-minded enough to see Mike's point of view.I do not agree with Mike's last statement, I don't care much for Glider either way but I highly doubt it'll be appealed and win, that'd be a really retarded thing for the courts to do.However Mike is right, it doesn't matter how you think, he is right. The people who bold guy stimulate the Auction House and subsequently, the in-game economy (happens on other MMO's as well). The people who sell it stimulate it as well because they allow people gold to buy.Even if botting didn't exist people would just farm manually, and trust me, a lot of people do. And while it isn't as efficient, it still works.
3-15-2009 @ 10:14PM
I am predicting that this will have little to no effect on the gold farming industry. Gold farming is hugely profitable in China (and possibly other places) at the moment, so they will most definitely find other ways. For example, instead of 1 man monitoring a few botted accounts at once, they could just switch software and turn him in to a multiboxer. The macros and setup would be a little complicated, since using multiboxing for farming is a lot different than using it to PvP. I realize that this is probably not the method they would use, I am only using it as an example. Now that I think about it, it would be even easier if they just hired the programmers that wrote Glider to work for them. According to articles on both BBC and Wired, gold farming in China is a multi-billion dollar industry. The stakes have risen far too high for them to just quit, no matter how much we (well, most of us...) would like them to disappear.
3-16-2009 @ 3:35PM
Mike and Psy ... your both wrong.The position "pro-gold" farmers always take is one of "drives prices down" or "supplies you with things you would not get otherwise".The problem is that both of those positions are untenable as a matter of economics in a closed system and completely ignore a basic tenant of a virtual economy: Blizzard sets Prices and Drop rates.Eliminate the gold farmers and Blizzard can replicate their production by adjusting a few settings in their databases. Poof! more of everything rare drops. Blizzard has magical powers don-cha-know!Reality is that drop rates are set lower then they should be BECAUSE OF FARMERS. Once they are gone, then Blizzard can tune stuff "up" so normal schmoo's like you and me can get a piece of the action.Professional Offshore Gold Farmers are BAD for the general populace of WoW and once they are gone, things will actually get better for the average player.
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