I couldn't agree more, and I'd be happy if you stay, don't cancel your VIP status, and continue to support the player base.This whole attempt to equate exploitation with bugs, or claim that exploitation is justified because of bugs, or similar -- it's a load of nonsense. Anyone who thinks exploits like this "help the player" is either one of those incredibly weak people who can only have fun with a game in "god mode" or simply has no idea how much damage things like this do to the game as a whole.
Tell me -- are you "helped" by the sort of disruption we've seen to the game over the last few days? On Sarlona at least, the already nearly-dead LFM panel has been one step closer to permanent mortality.
Are you "helped" by having some of the few things that anyone had to work for, or look forward to, destroyed? Like the two rarest augments, reasons to hope for a lucky drop running EE content, now so common as to be barely worth anything? That "helps" you how exactly?
How about the many people who have stopped playing, some never to return? Like those who spent real money on AS to buy items that are now pretty much worthless?
I'm personally having a hard time even wanting to log on of late. This was a direct consequence of this exploit, the number of people who apparently think exploits are fine, and Turbines lackadaisical response to it. And it's funny, but something about looking at other games has taken the veneer off this one and made me realize just how out of date, poorly maintained and lacking in content and activities this one is. Even though the other game I tried has much simpler character progression and combat, there's a lot more to do. As opposed to this one, where I have to *find* ways to keep myself occupied.
Every time things like this happen, it motivates more people to look elsewhere. And some of them will stay where they go. Is that "helping" you as a player?
I'm almost certainly cancelling my VIP membership at the end of the year and spending that $100 on a different game, and this exploit was the straw that broke the camel's back. I know it was for others as well. Is Turbine getting less money "helping" you as a player?