"The one and only all you need is in the palm of your hands,\."
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Some issues nexon should deal with. pt 2.
Anyone that’s spent enough time online to realize what’s what in MapleStory knows it's a corrupt game. I can't say for certain that my items were all bought from legitimate sellers or I've never partied with a user that has a history of abuse. It is also clear that the game hasn't prospered because of these continuing incidents, and the community itself is also suffering.
I'm not writing to guilt those that borrow and use hacking software, buy in game currency illegally, or partake in exploits or any other activities against what the publisher, Nexon, warrants. I'm not here to convince everyone to play by the rules. This thread is merely to shed light on recent events, create a better understanding as to how everyone’s individual decisions in the community impact the game as a whole, and to dilute some of the frustration and blame that’s being thrown around without real thought.
Nexon sees this poison as it happens, and the publisher itself can't be put at fault. They continually have to deal with the game developers contributing game additions with weak scripting, have to manage multi-million user servers protected by the outside bypass-prevention software HackShield, and at the same time manage this community of millions worldwide. As a publisher they are very restricted. Their role is pleasing everyone to maximize profit, an impossible task. Serious matters have to be handled with extreme caution and decision making, whether it hurts the players or not. Community displeasure equates to a loss of company revenue, by no means are they ignoring the issues and shrugging it off, there's only so much intervention you can do when dealing with this many players in a fragile economy and unstable online game.
It's understandable that a majority of hacking and exploit abuse is manufactured to attain personal gain and create a virtual currency exchange, leading to real world profit. These are million-dollar companies and private organized people, profiting off corrupting online games, sites, and services. Cyber crime and cyber warfare is growing into a more serious problem with a growing technological dependence. It's these harmful online companies and organized groups, being run internationally and under the radar, that are seriously damaging virtual internet businesses. It’s hard to prevent such happenings when little can be done to combat it.
Games are merely entertainment, whether you choose to pay for this entertainment is subjective. The level of commitment and involvement varies, as does the level of respect and accordance with which the rules this game and its terms of service sets. These standards are in place for this simple basis: there is always an equal and opposite reaction; the abuse from one user is typically the disadvantage and inequality of another. Personal, selfish abuse of the game benefits the abuser, but harms everyone else who holds the ideals that fair play still means something. Being an honest and abiding player to me isn't about honor or pride, it's about the perspective that through avoiding lying, cheating, and stealing in any situation will bring the same self-fulfillment, without corrupting or inconveniencing others. It's the belief that success should always be earned.
MapleStory’s slogan used to be “It’s your story”. Some people took that a little beyond what was implied. Hacking or any form of exploiting or cheating is like if you cheat at a board game against a younger sibling. You’ll probably always win. But that little brother or sister, the one that just wants to spend time with you while having fun, is always losing. And chances are that game means a lot more to them. So remember: It’s not just your story.