When Good People Go Bad - Vol. 2THE BANNENNING!!!
Oh, shut up. I can make up words if I want to.
Don't be so melochromatic.
See? Making up words is fun.
Anyway, as if to add emphasis to this week's theme, it seems the higher ups decided to bring the hammer down on some bad, bad people.
3,300 people woke up this morning, tried to log in, and found their precious accounts were now so much digital ruin. Everything they had worked for and spent time on had been blinked out of existance.
Isn't it beautiful?
Now, you're probably asking yourself what this has to do with good people.
Even though it is blatantly clear that third party software is a violation of the ToS, not everyone who uses these programs is a bad person.
Some of them are quite intelligent, quite rational people, I'm sure. They no doubt have only the best of intentions when they use such programs.
You're only using windower so that you can continue your cancer research.
You're only using FleeTool so you can devote more time to your children.
You're only using an AH bot because...
Well... Because you're an asshole.
Despite these noble reasons, the subject comes down to one simple fact.
IT'S STILL ILLEGAL, YOU RETARDS!!!
There is something about third party software that just turns intelligent, thinking people into idiots.
You know better than yo use them.
You know it's wrong.
And yet, you use them because you know that it doesn't count for you because you're not using them "in a bad way".
I can't tell you the number of times a player, who seemed completely normal, ended up using illegal software for some idiotic reason.
Let's do a little reasoning, okay?
You're playing a game. You like playing the game. The game is fun.
You want to have the best character possible. You like your character.
In order to make your character better, you use programs that you know can get your character taken away from you.
That doesn't make a whole hell of a lot of sense now, does it?
Player>> Hey! I've got umpteen billion gil!
Player>> Hey! I'm awesome!
Player>> Hey! I'm in Mordion Gaol!
Player>> Hey! I'm banned!
Player>> ... Crap.
There is not a single player in this game who can honestly try to plead ignorance on the facts. You can't go to any serious FFXI forum and not get assailed with posts about how wrong it is to use bots and third party software.
This is not news!
You know it's wrong. You can rationalize it all you want, but in the back of your mind, you know you shouldn't be using those programs.
Well, guess what? 3,300 people today found out that their rationalization ain't worth shit.
Let me tell you about one guy today. He was actually a pretty good guy. I had partied with him before and he seemed to be a fairly intelligent guy.
And yet, there he was on the list. Apparently, in between bouts of intelligence, he likes to use FleeTool.
I would have been shocked if I still had any faith in humanity.
He was still playing when the list of bannings came down. Rather than simply banning his account, I unfortunately had to speak with him face to face on the matter.
Who am I kidding? I love doing that.
To start things off on the right note, I warped him directly to Mordion Gaol.
[GM]Dave>> Hail, Adventurer.
[GM]Dave>> I've got some good news and some bad news.
Player>> What's the bad news?
[GM]Dave>> You're getting banned.
Player>> HELL NO!
Player>> What's the good news?
[GM]Dave>> Did I say good news?
[GM]Dave>> I meant bad news.
[GM]Dave>> I've got some bad news and some bad news.
Player>> You can't ban me.
Player>> You can't!
[GM]Dave>> Listen... I don't like it any more than you do.
[GM]Dave>> Wait... That's not true.
[GM]Dave>> It doesn't really bother me either way.
[GM]Dave>> I don't care about it any more than you do.
Player>> But I didn't do anything wrong!
[GM]Dave>> I beg to differ.
[GM]Dave>> You were caught using FleeTool to move faster.
Player>> But that doesn't count!
[GM]Dave>> Oh, this is going to be good.
[GM]Dave>> How does that not count?
Player>> I didn't use it to cheat.
Player>> I was just running from place to place.
[GM]Dave>> Can you define the word ' cheat' for me?
Player>> That means breaking the rules.
[GM]Dave>> Uh huh.
[GM]Dave>> Is there a rule about using other programs like FleeTool?
[GM]Dave>> What does it say?
Player>> That they're not allowed.
[GM]Dave>> So, it's a rule that they're not allowed.
Player>> I suppose so.
[GM]Dave>> Did you use FleeTool?
[GM]Dave>> How are you not putting this together in your head?
[GM]Dave>> Were you dropped as a child?
Player>> But that's not cheating!
Player>> I didn't cheat!
[GM]Dave>> You broke a rule.
[GM]Dave>> That's the definition of cheating.
Player>> It's different.
Player>> I didn't use it to do anything bad.
[GM]Dave>> Well, there was your first mistake.
[GM]Dave>> You're getting banned anyway.
[GM]Dave>> You should at least have had some fun doing it.
Player>> I'm not a cheater.
[GM]Dave>> My friend, Mr. Dictionary, disagrees with you.
[GM]Dave>> Hold on... Wait...
[GM]Dave>> He also says you're retarded.
Player>> This is ridiculous!
Player>> Can't you just punish me or something?
[GM]Dave>> I think the banning does that nicely.
Player>> No. Some other punishment.
[GM]Dave>> I suppose we could do that.
I warped him to Lower Jeuno in front of the auction house.
What is this? Is [GM]Dave getting soft?
You should know better than that.
Player>> Okay, what's my punishment?
[GM]Dave>> Already taken care of.
Player>> What was it?
[GM]Dave>> You'll see.
[GM]Dave>> Go ahead. You can go.
He was no doubt laughing to himself as he ran away.
Well... Walked away.
Actually... He was barely moving.
Player>> What's going on?!
[GM]Dave>> I thought the punishment should fit the crime.
[GM]Dave>> So I lowered your movement speed.
Player>> Lowered it how much?
[GM]Dave>> You probably don't want to know.
[GM]Dave>> By the way, you should probably hurry.
[GM]Dave>> At this rate you'll make it to the moghouses in about a week.
Player>> This'll make it impossible to play.
[GM]Dave>> Oh... About that...
[GM]Dave>> I've got some good news and some bad news...
Guys, no matter what you think, no matter how you slice it, it all comes out the same.
I'm sure you're all good people. I'm sure you're all special flowers in the garden of life.
That doesn't really mean anything to me.
We just banned 3,300 special flowers. One more isn't going to kill us.