Last Thing... I SwearOkay, this is the last thing I'm going to say about the whole duping controversy.
Wait... Controversy isn't the right word.
A controversy involves two sides that both have valid points.
What's the word for when one side has a valid point and the other side is a bunch of whiny little bitches?
I wanted to point out one of the dumbest arguments being made.
Then, once I have pointed it out, I'll make fun of it.
You know how this goes.
I don't know how many of you have been following the arguments about the bannings. I guess a lot of it would depend on whether or not you play FFXI.
Or were really, really bored.
I've actually enjoyed reading most of the discussions about it.
It's like watching a car accident. You just can't look away.
This car accident just happens to involve a short bus.
One of the most common points made by the anti-banning (read: whiny bitch) crowd is that SE has basically stolen or destroyed incredibly valuable accounts.
I'll admit, there are sites where you can sell your account for a chunk of cash.
If you think about it that way, I suppose one could think their account has a certain monetary value.
One guy who got banned had pretty much everything.
I mean everything.
No doubt, that account would have been worth a fortune.
I guess they sort of have a point there.
Well... They WOULD have a point.
They would have a point if it wasn't against like seventeen different rules to sell your account.
At the exact second you decided to try and sell your oh so valuable account, it would become entirely worthless.
See, we ban people for trying to sell their accounts for real world money.
We ban people for lots of things.
Though... I guess you already figured that out.
Your character does not have a real money value. It's not worth anything.
Yes, I know you paid a lot of money to play the game over the years.
Yes, I know you put a lot of time into that character.
Still not worth anything.
This isn't some sort of investment you're working on. You're playing a game.
The fees you pay each month are for the experience, for the hours you spend hanging out with friends and going on adventures.
You're paying for time so that you can work on that character.
This isn't a freaking secret or something.
We're not running some bait and switch where you went into this thinking you were creating a product to be sold later.
You bought a game.
You played a game.
Then... You got banned from a game.
Nobody owes you anything.
You got exactly what you paid for.
You got time.