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12-03-2011 @ 1:39AM
I read eeeeeverything you said. I just am of the mind that players are more a force than an individual people, and it is easy to figure out how they will respond to certain stimuli: If you let them do something they will do it, if you prohibit them from doing something that they are capable of doing due to poor execution on the game creator's part, they will do it. If they are given something on accident they will take it, probably unaware that it was unintended; not everyone reads the online notes or websites like these. Blizzard can throw "tantrums" and point the accusing finger and wield the banhammer as they see fit, I do not deny them that right; however I think it is a bad, bad policy. Players as a whole are dumb, dumb creatures that need to be fenced in properly. If there is a hole in the fence when the sheep herder herds brings his sheep in, and they get out and get into the cabbages, that is the sheep herder's fault. He can yell at the sheep, he can kill the sheep that did what was so obviously against his will, but in the end he is shooting himself in the foot. Now he has fewer sheep, and has less wool/meat to weather out the bad winter storms. Now if it was like this: Please players, we know of this bug, please don't exploit it or we'll ban you, and they put it up for all to see in the login screen, then fine. But if it is something like this, where less savvy people might not know that it is an a self proclaimed "exploit", then they shouldn't be punished outside of taking away the things they got with said exploit. May our "gods" govern us with wisdom. Amen.
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