Arena.net aren’t afraid of making controversial decisions as Guild Wars 2 heats up, and yesterday they made a doozy – having found a major high-level exploit, they banned thousands of players who had exploited it, in one fell swoop.
That’s a pretty bold move for such a new game, and many of the players affected are claiming at least relative innocence. Needless to say, it’s attracted some interesting commentary from the blogosphere:
- Syncaine isn’t very impressed with their handling of the issue, and thinks dark motives could be behind it – “The tinfoil hat part of this is the worst aspect though. Anet loses NOTHING from banning you, since the game does not have a sub cost. If anything, they might gain another box sale.”
- Keen looks at both sides of the issue – the things that ANet did right and the things they may have done wrong – “What blows me away is the number of people who abused the crap out of this exploit and never stopped to think, “What I’m doing could get me banned.” “
- And Nuke The Site From Orbit thinks that ANet may have been overly harsh, looking at the real world parallels – “I respect a level headed approach even more… and taking care of your own house before simply banning people is a great place to start.”
What do you think? Well-deserved punishment for cheating, or excessively harsh action?