Saturday, October 04, 2008

Tsk, Tsk, Tsk

Yesterday, some rule revisions came down the pipelines. Corporate decided to update the current policies to make penalties for breaking rules more clear.

In order to help players, they also included a variety of helpful tips on how you should act in game and what actions can be considered both appropriate and inappropriate.

Communication With Other Players


It's easy for misunderstandings to happen between people who are far way. In order to maintain a friendly environment, please keep the following in mind:

Conduct

* It never hurts to be polite.
* When giving advice, remember that a little kindness can go a long way.
* Try to foster an accommodating atmosphere.
* If it's not appropriate in everyday life, it's probably not appropriate online either.
* Try not to let personal information about yourself and others slip out.

Harassment

* Using language not acceptable in a public venue.
* Any language that condemns any race, nationality, religion, sexual orientation or gender.
* Any language that is purposely meant to harm or harass a third party.
* Any group formed for the purpose of harassing a player or players.

Disruptive Behavior

* Any action that deliberately causes a monster to attack another player character, or MPK-related action.
* Holding a Notorious Monster without attacking it while other players are waiting.
* Deliberately interrupting a conversation or chat session by spamming the log window or other such actions.
* Sending unwanted items to another player through the delivery box.
* Group actions that block access and impede other players' movements within the game.
* Any action that keeps another player from completing a quest or mission.
* Examining other players continuously to disrupt their gameplay.
* Consistently depriving other players of the chance to enjoy combat over an extended period of time.
* Any other action that is determined by a GM to cause a disruption in gameplay.

In-Game Fraud

Defined as any action to defraud another player with the intent to gain items or gil for personal profit.

Game Balance Issues

* Any use of a program that is not officially sanctioned by Square Enix.
* Controlling a player character through use of a program or machine that is not officially sanctioned by Square Enix.
* ANY use of third-party programs, regardless of benefit.
* Selling items or accounts to gain money in the real world, or other RMT-related actions.

These are incredibly important, incredibly helpful pieces of advice that any FFXI player should be aware of.

These are great rules.

The funny part is that this shit is so freaking terribly obvious. It saddens me to no end that we even have to explain this to players.

What are you? New?

How in the hell can anyone on our planet not understand these most basic rules of social interaction?

Basically, these rules could have been summarized much more efficiently.

Be nice.

Don't cheat.

Don't be a dick.

Those are also good rules.

Hell, these are good rules for life, in general.

I think the entire ToS should be rewritten as a single sentence:

Don't be a dick.

Or, more directly:

Don't be a dick or a very angry, possibly drunk GM will appear and feed you to a large purple dragon.

Don't you think that is much clearer to a player?

We wouldn't have to worry about 24 hour suspensions or 72 hour suspensions.

If you act like a dick, for any reason, you get fed to a dragon.

Hell, I'm going to call corporate.

This is a great idea.

17 Comments:

At 10:49 AM, Blogger Penn said...

Agreed.

 
At 11:20 AM, Blogger Vagu'Stae said...

TL;DR... Just kidding.

"Don't be a dick or a very angry, possibly drunk GM will appear and feed you to a large purple dragon"

YES! \(o_o)/

 
At 12:18 PM, Blogger flatluigi said...

"Disruptive Behavior

* Any action that deliberately causes a monster to attack another player character, or MPK-related action. "

This looks like a bad omen for you and your dragon...

 
At 12:22 PM, Blogger Kevin said...

i agree dave, its sad that we have to be reminded on how to be civil to each other.

 
At 7:12 PM, Blogger Jake said...

" * Any other action that is determined by a GM to cause a disruption in gameplay. "

Hey hey hey, looks like they cut the leash.

 
At 7:18 PM, Blogger Kahsha said...

Damn! I just can't have any fun.
I have no margin for error now.

 
At 10:16 PM, Blogger Bufuman said...

* ANY use of third-party programs, regardless of benefit.

I still think some programs should be an exception. Seriously, how does Windower help players cheat? It's just a convenience.

But, as long as it's a rule, I shall obey. I'd rather not be taking the scenic tour of a dragon's colon.

 
At 8:55 PM, Blogger warlock said...

Funnily enough, that's basically the rules of the Kingdom of Loathing. "Don't be a jackass."

Seems to work well for them, but then again, there's not much MM in their ORPG.

 
At 9:05 PM, Blogger Kevin said...

"I still think some programs should be an exception. Seriously, how does Windower help players cheat? It's just a convenience."

Agreed! FFXI is gimped like a one legged dog.

Being able to use all the other functions of your computer is essential while playing FFXI. I don't want to buy a console and another TV just so I can do homework or something on the net while I farm or grind away the levels...

SE has built this game to be slow and grinding and stupid just to keep us paying our subscription.

PS I'm a different Kevin than the one above.

 
At 1:56 AM, Blogger J. Scarper said...

Unfortunately, most rules are written with Rule 1 in place: Be Nice.

So the rules have to be nice.

No fun.

 
At 3:24 AM, Blogger Dyamalos said...

This should cause some certain end-game LSes (One HNM spesificly) on Odin forced to break up. (If you're on Odin, you know one of the shells I'm talking about...)

 
At 10:41 AM, Blogger Kisaki Haze said...

Props Dave, seriously.
Surely the best way to deal with people you cant stand is to feed them to a giant wyrm. Personally I'd have picked a shank to the face by Absolute Virtue.

~Queenkillyou (Leviathan)

 
At 3:29 AM, Blogger Eve said...

to those of you complaining about no windower, did you miss the update where ffxi added a windower to the game, so you can now minimize all you want? no need for 3rd party tools.

 
At 7:38 AM, Blogger RurouniZanza said...

I'll expand the FFXI already having an official windower.

Beside that very good point (Kudos Eve), you also seem to forget that the 3rd party windower is also able to get plug-ins so you can use other programs such as TP info on party members.

And do not forget that downloading a 3rd party program, comes with a risk of having your POL account hacked into and all your character's shit will be sold off.

Trust me, I've had 3 friends from my Dynamis LS that got hacked and all their stuff was gone. They all used windower. The GM's were called and they closed their account and they can't play with their character anymore for a very long time.

Use 3rd party programs at your own risk boneheads... but don't go crying to a GM about it if something goes wrong... You might get a 1 on 1 excounter with [GM]Dave.

I'm sure you know the outcome of such a meeting.

 
At 11:42 AM, Blogger Jason said...

I was confused at first, thinking that they were new rules for the GMs.

So when I first saw this:
* When giving advice, remember that a little kindness can go a long way.

The thought came, the less you use the farther you go.

Other then that, I agree with the don't be a dick rule.

 
At 7:26 PM, Blogger Kevin said...

I have not played in months and months! I still pay my subscription though.

I did not know about an in game windower, finally SE is wising up.

Fix more stuff please!

 
At 6:57 AM, Blogger Sinner said...

Man I wish you were a GM in my MMO (Lineage 2).

There are a vest multitude that need tpo be dragon fodder...

 

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