Jun 2nd 2008 6:25PM It's kind of weird that you would choose Rhonin as an example. Considering what other characters are in War of the Ancients and Day of the Dragon, he really isn't all that powerful. I think the main point of Rhonin is to show that humans are versatile, and because of that, they can achieve things where beings that are hundredfold more powerful cannot.
Jun 2nd 2008 5:48PM ...and the gold farmers with their VPN connections laugh triumphantly as real players who just wish to play the game in English get locked out of their accounts. Again, thanks for being so considerate.
Jerks are international in nature, gold farmers and xenophobes are just two subtypes. Don't be either, they really really don't need more members.
Jun 2nd 2008 5:19PM No, the patch 2.4 was released a week later in China than it was in the US/EU. The9's servers were suffering from a lot of problems, and many realms' SSO progresses were rolled back multiple. So after a few weeks, to reduce the load on their servers and compensate for player effort, they decided to set SSO progress on all realms to be completed, meaning you get access to all the dailies, badge vendors, etc. The gates, however, were always opened one week later than they were in EU/US.
Jun 2nd 2008 5:13PM We already have that, but thanks for being so considerate.
May 8th 2008 8:02PM I googled for the county name, and there were much more detailed articles in Chinese. It turns out they are account hackers, not just ordinary farmers. They got into an argument about how to divide up their profit, so one of them called the police in the hope of them arresting his partner and leaving him with all the money. Instead, the police ended up arresting them both for hacking computer systems, not "unfair revenue distribution". Whoever translated this news item originally did his/her job poorly.
Apr 15th 2008 3:50PM Ouch, the icon on the lower right corner looks like it would really hurt...
Apr 11th 2008 7:41PM Actually, the only payment model The9 uses is charge-by-minute. People buy prepaid cards with either 4000 or 2000 minutes on them. Not allowing a monthly subscription is one of the major complaints the players have.
As for gold farmers, they certainly exist in CWoW, but they are limited in number. They are also disliked by most, since many sellers derive their primary source of gold from account hacking.
Feb 4th 2008 1:40PM Trading accounts is against the TOS/EULA, but whether or not it's morally wrong really depends on the specific situation.
If someone decides he/she doesn't want to play any longer, and someone who is familiar with him/her decides to buy that account, then what's wrong with it? Who's harmed by this transaction, other than possibly Blizzard? And even the damage to Blizzard is arguable, given that the purchaser might not be intereted enough to level characters on a second account the normal way, and only buys it from others to avoid the work. The only morally wrong thing here is the fact that the buyer agreed to the TOS/EULA, but later reneged. In the case in the article, the GM is the buyer, he didn't sell his account, which agreed to Blizzard not to sell, so I don't think he did anything wrong.
However, if it's some sort of organized levelling-an-account-then-sell-it business making available batches of accounts to completely inexperienced players, then that's something that will negatively impact existing players, though that kind of things is what Blizzard needs to deal with in a court of law instead.
Dec 16th 2007 6:49PM I always thought only people who finished the reindeer rescue quest last year will get something.