Okay AlreadyA lot of people have been writing me to ask my opinions on the latest wave of bannings.
In case you don't play FFXI (And why not? Are you too good or something?), in recent weeks, there has been a sudden flood of bannings for reasons cited as "irregular play".
That roughly translates to "You're a gil seller so GTFO."
Basically, the higher ups at SE have developed an new set of criteria for determining who exactly deserves to get kicked the F&%@ off our servers.
This, of course, has created an uproar in the FFXI community over the many, many, many people who have been banned unfairly.
Oh... Wait... Who CLAIM to have been banned unfairly.
See, that's the funny thing about all of this. Most, if not all, of the people who got banned DESERVED to be banned.
They did. That's it. End of story. Roll the credits.
We're not complete idiots over here, people. We're not just making this shit up willy freaking nilly.
Every single reason that was developed to ban accounts has a very sound a reasonable logic to it. Each and every reason makes perfect damned sense.
At least, they did make sense... WHEN YOU PEOPLE SUGGESTED THEM.
Pretty much every single rule that has been implemented came after carefully considering suggestions made BY PLAYERS.
Hey, you have 15 mules all with the same name. That's really cute.
Remember that time you sent us an e-mail about how stupid we were for not banning huge groups of RMT players that all had the same name?
Can you not put two and two together?
Seriously, people. These are the damned things you've all been saying for years.
Oh, hey. Someone got banned for camping the same NM over and over. They basically monopolized the camp for days at a time and they got banned for it.
You complained about that LAST WEEK!
Yeah, when it was a group of "chinese" guys, that shit was terrible. They were ruining the game, blah, blah, blah. They deserved to be banned.
But you do the same thing and suddenly, banning's not fair.
Oh... I get it.
We're not using some automated banning program. There is no auto-ban RMT-PWNER 1.337 software.
You're not in the freaking Matrix here, Neo.
You did something wrong. You got caught doing something wrong. You got punished for doing something wrong.
None of this falls under the heading of "unfair".
Did some people get banned that maybe could have been let slide? Of course.
You can't make an omelette without banning thirty or forty people.
Seriously. I can't do that. If I make an omelette, I ban thirty or forty people.
Toast is twenty. A bowl of cereal is... You know, it's a whole thing. Long story short: I ban people.
That does not, however, mean that their behavior was not deserving of a ban. It simply means that they could have been let off with a warning.
My personal favorite is the chargebacks. People use a credit card to pay for their monthly fees and then file a chargeback to get that money back.
And then... Later... They act surprised that they got banned.
You stopped paying for a service. You actually used the service and then demanded your money back.
What did you think would happen?
Yeah, yeah. Some people are saying that their credit cards filed those chargebacks.
How exactly is that OUR fault? Can I ask you?
That shit is your card company's fault. All we know is that you are trying to screw us out of the agreed upon monthly fees.
I know, I know. You didn't do anything wrong.
The simple fact of the matter is that we can't pick and choose who gets punished based on the honor system.
We can't do that because EVERYONE LIES.
No one ever gets banned and goes "Oh yeah. You got me. My bad."
No, it's always evil old SE screwing over the innocent players.
How about, for a change, instead of blaming us, you try blaming all of the people who broke the system in the first place? How about we blame the gil sellers for making all of this necessary?
Or maybe, just maybe, you could realize that we're working to make your experience enjoyable and pleasant. We're working to make the game better for the honest players.
Or maybe, and this is just PLAIN CRAZY, we could realize that PEOPLE BITCH AND WHINE ABOUT BEING INNOCENT EVERY TIME WE BAN PEOPLE.
How about we just stop making a big deal out of it?
That'd be super.