I cannot get into a semantics battle with you, but the company you constantly defend will only do the right thing (not the moral thing) if they cannot monetize. Sure they need to make money, but when they will allow the “bad thing” to happen in the name of making money then you can send them the same sternly worded drivel that you love to spout here.
I really think people aren't considering the situation here. Turbine has complete control over who will or wont be considered. They have no need to give anyone a reason why they weren't or any outside regulations to follow to ensure they are fair. So, expect them to choose whomever they feel will do THEM the most good and will make the whole thing run smoothly without regards for who did what, either good or bad. Think of it as them filling out their own do not group list, they can use what ever standards or reasons they choose and are not beholden to anyone to use them fairly and evenly anymore than any of us are.
I expect anyone who is a habitual exploiter wont make the cut as they are more likely than not looking for personal advantage from it. I expect anyone who treats the forums as a game of oneupsmanship to not make it as they are likely to just see it as a new place to play and will distract from it's purpose. I expect Turbine to try to cherry pick from a broad array of applicants that have shown they can play well with others and discuss issues in a civilized manner.
There were others on new sock puppet accounts on the forums in Oct justifying what they did by pointing to the direction the game was headed and how that conflicted with their play style, bugs not getting fixed etc....
Advocating repeated nerfs in the name of "balancing the game" then complaining about how DDO is moving away from D&D, is a direct contradiction in logic - D&D 3.5 (what DDO is based on) is not a balanced game. We can either have a balanced clone MMO with homogenized classes, or we can have a D&D game. We cant have both.
Turbine staff allowed a few known exploiters onto the first Lord of the Rings Online Player Council, which began session in March of last year. The exploit involved farming rank (and thus power) in Player versus Player battles using multiple free accounts. Players who attained their rank (and thus power) without exploiting were rather upset.
The duping exploit essentially allows cheating players to obtain unbound equipment ahead of everyone else, since they now have much greater financial and material resources. This will give cheaters a great advantage when new, desirable, unbound equipment appears in the game.
In my experience, people who behave unethically about small stuff behave unethically about big stuff. They also tend to do everything and anything to explain away or hide their behavior, as it gives them advantage when the next "opportunity" comes along.
That being said, I think people are still very confused about the purpose of this new Focus Group. They want to run new ideas past a representative body of the player base to see what sticks. They are not looking for game police.
While you are free to form an opinion of me due to the fact that I do, I'm just as free to form an opinion of someone who sticks around a game despite disliking all those things you describe or even bother to play a game they are going to cheat at. Me, if I don't or no longer enjoy playing a game, I simply stop playing.
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