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Jul 1st 2011 11:15PM Some Definitions for us all:
Cheat: Act dishonestly or unfairly in order to gain an advantage.
Exploit: To take advantage of (a person, situation, etc), esp unethically or unjustly for one's own ends.
So I don't think people are quite understanding the point I was making. In my opinion Stars did nothing that Blizzard did not facilitate. Stars paid Blizzard to switch factions with REAL money for a service that Blizzard provides every single player. I feel like Blizzard being the corporation that they are should have seen this sort of thing coming a mile away. It was bound to happen eventually, because with every system or service there are imperfections. They did not hack, they did not 'cheat' their way into the new content. As far as I know as of right now Stars is not being penalized for what they did, and this could change in the future. I don't see it as an exploit, I see it as them being competitive and if this is considered an exploit.. anyone who has changed factions and then done a raid they were already saved to has been a part of this 'exploit'. I have a hard time believing that anyone responding to this is a member of Stars and if so my hat is off to you. I don't think that they would do something that they thought would get them banned. They are in the competitive raiding world, why would they do something that would take them out of the game? I think they wanted to be first, and they found a legal way to do it. Faulting them for that is unjust.
Power to Stars and whoever decided to lead the faction change. It was smart. My question to Blizzard would be, Why was the heroic content even available in the first week? In my opinion, if you don't want people to do the heroic content in the first week, don't make it available. Stars was not dishonest about what they were doing, I highly doubt that Blizzard didn't see what was happening, and using a legal service that Blizzard has made available to everyone is not an exploit.
This is not the same as what happened on the Lich King, it is not a bug, it was a service that yes, may not have been used in the same way most people would have used it, so what.
Congrats to Stars for getting there first, I am sure it was an exciting experience for all of them.
Haters Gonna Hate
Jul 1st 2011 8:46PM I don't think what they did should be considered "cheating". I feel that this time around the fault goes to Blizzard for not being prepared for some guild out there to do this. All they did was use a paid service that every single player has available to them at any time. I have no sympathy for Blizzard in this case. Blizzard should know their hardcore player bast after almost 7 years.. Lets use some common sense. Derp on you Blizzard, Derp on you.