Again, its not about whether this exploit was sooo destructive. Exploiting has to be discouraged in general because exploits have the potential to be game-breaking
Again, understand why you own up to it, and forfeit the game. This is important. Imagine if you cheated, got caught by a friend, and declared indignantly that you didn't cheat! And then he said "Dude, I saw you!", and then you said "Well, this game is stupid, and I shouldn't be punished for cheating, and it's no big deal, so why do you care anyway?" Imagine how that would go over with your friends. How many times could you get away with that attitude?
That's what people are doing here. If they would own up to it, and laugh it off, and forfeit (i.e. lose all their stuff and accept the bannings with grace) then maybe I wouldn't consider them worthless cheaters.
The fact that you own up to it and forfeit the game means you KNOW it's wrong. The people here are saying "It isn't wrong to cheat - Some are even saying "Everyone does it, evne lawyers, insurance salesmen, etc. What's the big deal?"
You are NOT saying that... You own up to it when you cheat. The people in these threads are not owning up to it. They don't want to forfeit the game. They still want to win after being caught cheating.
Also when someone blatantly cheats at Monopoly (takes $10,000 from the bank, and a few properties he/she needs), that gaming session is ruined... But you can always start over with a new game. Cheating in a MMO is more persistent. We can't just start over.
"There was an exploit in the game recently that we corrected, violators have been taken care of as outlined in our tos."
And of course you have citable proof for your conclusions, right?
However, my point is also that in this instance, simply fixing the bug and removing the duped items as stated solves the "bad" issues you raise, so all you are left with is some sort of foolish need to inflict what you think is harm on someone for violating your values. From a business perspective, any punishment that excludes people from the game is simply, and obviously, self-defeating.
But Truth is eternal, so it can never be old or new. It never ‘was’ or ‘will be.’ It just ‘is.’ It always ‘is.’
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