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12-07-2011 @ 3:34AM
@EdymnionI don't think the existence of cheating is due to the potential gain outweighing the potential loss. People will still cheat when there's little or no gain involved, and high potential loss. I do agree that disincentivizing cheating is important if the desire is to create an ethical community.@NoyouI think you mean it was "non-repentance." Paragon's statement was nearly the definition of an apology- right down to the part where they said 'we apologize' and 'accept... consequences...' Now whether or not they will turn away from this behavior; their apology makes no claims.From a PR standpoint, I suppose an apology is definitely in their best interests. But repentance? Not really so much. Consider Blizzard's definition of a bannable offense: 'any action which trivializes game mechanics.' Well, we have a whole slew of cooldowns that are designed to do exactly that. Healer and tank cool downs can trivialize high damage situations. The argument is then that these are simply 'intended uses for those abilities.'But really, where outside ambiguous terms such as 'intended,' 'exploit,' and 'clever use of game mechanics' are these concepts concretely decided? How much mitigation is too much? These terms are intentionally vague so that Blizzard can turn the spigot to affect the 'flow' of cheating.A game in which every fight was approached the same way, or worse- in which there were no clever uses of in game mechanics- would be very boring. But somewhere along the way, Blizzard was smart enough to realize that such an open system requires and equally open interpretation of the rules. The fact that it is Blizzard's game that we are licensed to play (under its interpretation of the rules) means that Blizzard really doesn't have to explain itself all that much. If you are caught in the vague definition of an offense, then Blizzard can impose in-game penalties.But when one is on the bleeding edge of content, with the goal of beating every other player or group to the game's highest achievements, one tends to do 'what it takes' to win. At these times, the line between cheating and being creative can be almost indistinguishable. In which case, Paragon can't really promise that it won't happen again. They cane really only do the right thing: apologize for their recent transgression, regroup, and move on with the game.Demanding repentance from anyone in this circumstance is a bit too much, imho.
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