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Guild Wars Patch, Bans

These Guild Wars Game Update Notes outline the new update to ArenaNet's MMORPG. The update implements several changes intended to remove the need for "farming" to progress in the game, while also making it easier to identify players using cheats, bots, and hacks. On a related note, they also announce the banning of over 100 user accounts for using bots to farm. The update outlines extensive balance changes and tweaks, and promises more to come:

We know that some players currently engage in repetitive farming activities for the primary purpose of unlocking skills and items for PvP. Rather than preserving the effectiveness of farming for this purpose, it is our intention to address the larger issue of the need for farming by assessing how players acquire and unlock items, runes, and skills, and then by taking steps to ensure that players can acquire and unlock these things through normal gameplay. We believe that the most effective way to play the game should also be the most fun way to play the game. You can expect to see the first meaningful changes towards this goal next week.

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79. Re: No subject Jun 10, 2005, 12:20 MeatForce
The "unlock all" was only a weekend feature, which was said many times. ArenaNet always planned that players, be it PvE or PvP, will have to earn skills and not just get them from scratch.

This was their design concept from day 1.

Yeah, I know, but they're idiots for thinking that was going to work out. They should have paid more attention to how happy UAS made everyone.

I think it was pretty clear from day one post-launch that their decision to lock PvPers into PvE was a recipe for some serious whining (at the very least) and an excellent excuse for good ol' botting (at the very worst).

And if they are so absolutely determined to make runes and upgrades rewards for playing the game, then as Creston has already said, they should be giving PvPers their item rewards in PvP, for crying out loud!

It could be accomplished as easily as making fallen opponents drop items just like the PvE mobs do. The more opponents you kill, the better your chance at the pH4t leW7z

I don't know why this is so hard for them to grasp, really..

I actually get paid for this..
I'm not even angry. I'm being so sincere right now, even though you broke my heart and killed me.
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