A couple of weeks ago I had a very interesting conversation with someone on Twitter about botting.
Let’s get this clear right from the outset. I HATE botting.
“botting”, as described by the Urban Dictionary as “automated gameplay”. In other words, getting a program to play your game for you. In WoW, this could be farming mats, running dungeons or questing. In D3, this could be working your way through the storylines or automated farming of items to sell and make gold.
Botting is against the rules.
“You will not: use cheats, automation software (bots), mods, hacks, or any other unauthorized third-party software designed to modify or automate any Auction House process” (D3)
These rules are put in place to protect us, as players, and to protect the game that we play. There are no exceptions to these rules. There are no excuses as to why it’s ok to break these rules.
The Auction House and the Economy
“In diablo 3 it doesn’t really matter as the auction house is being diabled [sic] anyway.”
This is possibly the biggest problem D3 has had caused by botting. It inflates the market unrealistically as the bot can farm 24hrs a day, putting more of the item on the AH, driving prices down and crashing the market. People who do farm the items legally then loose profit margins and the AH becomes inflated.
I have more experience with WoW, so I’ll talk about that. We’ve all seen the idiot who puts on 1,000 Windwool Cloth in stacks of one undercutting the previous lowest price by a couple of gold. For the next couple of days, the price of Windwool cloth is unstable as the market recovers. Either someone has to buy out that entire stock of cloth and re-list it at a more stable price, OR the market has to wait until individuals have bought out the stock and the usual sellers go back to their usual listings.
Either way, it causes trouble.
“So it [sic] not okay for a busy family man like my dad to bot in diablo because he hasn’t got that much time on his hands to play?”
No, it’s not OK. We ALL have time restraints, be it work, kids, family, travel.
As @Zuulzilla said, “This is the excuse [a family member] used until someone reported him, and I’m glad they did. It ruins the game, period.”
If we all adopted this attitude, the game as we know it wouldn’t exist… it would be purely bots who go online only once they reach max level to /nod and pat themselves on their back at a job well done. Where’s the fun in that?
Why would you want to bot questing? The whole point of an MMO is to experience the levelling process and a huge part of the gameplay is questing and farming. If you don’t enjoy this process, and its longevity, perhaps this isn’t the game for you.
“In diablo you don’t affect anybody’s game unless they group up with you.”
Doesn’t it? I disagree. Seeing a bot running around the area you’re questing in, killing your mobs and farming your items is extremely annoying. Not only that, but it makes you adopt the attitude of “why bother?”. Joining an instance and having a hunter chain pulling the mobs, or a healer going off another way around a dungeon, just to die, res and repeat, or someone ninjaing gear, or a tank refusing to tank… you think this doesn’t affect the rest of the community when they go back out into the world? How is this conducive to a fun, progressive gaming environment? The SAME fun, progressive gaming environment that we signed up for?
Being a Community
I really value the gaming community. I’m an eternal optimist and I’d like to think that we uphold the rules to make gaming a safe, fun environment for everyone. There will always be a few who discredit us, but by being vigilant, we can combat the bots.
Who’s with me?!