[MUD-Dev] SOC: Will company sanctioned cheating hurt the MMO community?

Peter Yu roger_callisto at hotmail.com
Wed May 18 03:57:49 New Zealand Standard Time 2005


Peter de Freitas wrote:

> To put your metaphor in a bit of perspective, how would you feel
> about golf if some dude who hasn't the foggiest idea of how to
> play golf, couldn't even tell you what a birdie is and doesn't
> wear regulation shoes just walks in, takes the tour trophy and the
> officials declare him the winner?

Allow me to jump in here:

True, getting the officials to admit that the person is a winner is
unlikely, but, if one had enough resources, one could always buy the
trophy from someone who won the tournament, then go to the trophy
shop and have the name plate at the bottom changed.

This, in fact, is the same type of situation as the ones people
encounter in MMOs.  As you say, most people who buy high level
accounts don't actually have the ability or the patience to play
their characters properly.  So, just like the trophy buyer -- having
a golf tournament trophy does not magically make them a better
golfer.

I think this is the distinction that most anti-"cheating" advocates
overlook, and Sony's marketing / PR people certainly should have
emphasized this when talking to the people up in arms about this new
change in policy.
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