Phineas Poe, on 08 February 2014 - 01:36 AM, said:
I don't see the point in discussing what our opinions of the matter are. It's their policy to ban players who use exploits for profit. This is an example of a player using a terrain exploit for profit.
Ok, then don't discuss them.
Suggesting that they're banning players for "selling" runs is a hysterical simplification of the situation, and clearly just another platform to falsely criticize developers enforcing the rules you've agreed to by logging into and playing their game.
Rules, like laws, aren't unassailable. This is why judicial systems exist, they decide which rules are just, which are bull****, and give out a(hopefully) wise decision accordingly. A ToS merely gives a company the freedom to essentially act as a Judge Dredd: judge, jury, and executioner all in one...there is no checks and balance to it. Why? It's a private company and has the legal right to do so if we sign the dotted line. Good companies use these powers wisely and allow players some measure of leeway for the sake of a healthy image and loyal fans. Bad companies use these powers abusively, and perpetrate an absolutist policy of zero exceptions and zero discussions about it. Everyone has to decide where ANet falls in those two extremes. Obviously both of us have our opinions on it already, but simply saying the equivalent of "cuz they said so" is wrong in so many ways.
Shazbawt is a pretty chill guy, and have had the opportunity of speaking with him on several occasions in game. He was a member of EG for a few days and had nothing but positive remarks toward the general community. Suggesting that he went on a power trip "just because" doesn't resonate with me.
Anyway, if you view their stance or punishment as draconian, I suppose you're more than welcome to play something else.
I do, and I do.
Edited by Konzacelt, 08 February 2014 - 01:57 AM.