There’s an old saying that there’s a right way and a wrong way to do things. For video games, this holds true as well. As there’s a right way to play them, and a wrong way to play them too. The wrong way either involves bots, hacks and other cheating methods. World of Warcraft still suffers from such nuisances and players recently discussed this issue on the forums, focusing on Suramar.
Let me be clear here, botting is cheating, and Blizzard does ban accounts that are proven to be bots. But, because of the ease of creating and utilizing said bots, mainly setting up a new account and starting all over again, it really doesn’t affect the cheaters. But it does affect players who are actively playing World of Warcraft fairly.
There are numerous threads on Battle.net and other forum sites talking about the bots, and how players are sick of them. The latest one is about a league of farming bots in Suramar. You can tell they’re bots because nothing stops them from trying to farm, not even when enemies attack them. They’re on “a loop”, programmed to do one thing, and one thing alone.
“Seriously, I just spent around 5hours farming Roses and all you see are bots, everywhere.” -Ritzzi
This really frustrates players because they’re doing the same thing, but actually dedicating their own time and effort to do these tasks, while others are just slacking and cheating the system to get the rewards. Often times actually hurting players because of their 24/7 autopilot approach, which actually harms the economy in the game.
These bots are most likely to be running the same tool, as according to the forum post, “…the exact loop thing is what gives it away, like 4-5 dks or druids all running in the exact same line and making a turn in the exact same way…” and it is probably the one that Blizzard has attempted to sue before. Blizzard often uses ban waves to get rid of the botting masses, but they eventually return and continue ruining the MMORPG.
WoW players want Blizzard to be more proactive on this, but doubt Blizzard will do any such thing outside of the standard account bans. What do you think of all this? Is World of Warcraft slowly becoming a bot driven game? Let us know in the comments below!