True. But SE came up with a good anti-bot system with the not-so-new now Fishing system in XI. I'm sure they're keeping that in mind for XIV. But yeah, nothing's 100% unbottable.
Actually, the new system is much easier to build a bot for than the old system was. I won't go into too much detail about it, but since the new version has a little bar which goes back and forth it is very very easy to write a bot to be able to tell which way to pull the rod. Under the old system, the bot writer had to pay attention to certain pixels on the screen that weren't terribly obvious the way the new system is.
Now that's not to say the first version was substantially better. Just harder to build a decent bot for.
FFXI failed miserably on all accounts.. I'm willing to give SE a mulligan as they're in a much better position this time around. They've gained knowledge and experiance.. But they better at least try this time. They flat haven't in XI.
Wow, write this day down. I'm going to defend SE on something.
Its **** near impossible to make something in a game unbottable. Whatever you can throw at the player, the programmer can adapt to. About the only way to stop it would be to add a captcha-like program. ( For details: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CAPTCHA
) Though, this has its own set of issues. One, its **** annoying to have to enter random text every time you want to mine. Secondly, most captcha programs can be broken eventually. The older ones were broken very quickly. The newer ones are proving much more difficult to bot.
This isn't something SE can just put a band-aid on and hope it goes away. There isn't a whole lot they can do about it.
When I say not try, that's probably more targeted at the '..and try to ban the cheaters' part. They don't try to catch botters - perhaps because the platform they have in place is difficult to work with, I don't know.. But never have I seen someone be banned for botting despite it littering the game. I'm sure it's happened to someone, somewhere, but one idiot getting the axe based more on stupidity than anything else while 100 others go on untouched indefinately isn't an acceptable reality to me, no matter what the 'effort' level is.
Basic bots are easy to find and get rid of. The issue is the more advanced bots and SE's policy to "not annoy legitimate gamers."
SE's GMs need some sort of proof that someone is botting. They have a variety of ways of testing for bots, but smart programmers know what they are and can avoid most ways of beng caught red handed. I can go into detail about it, but I'd rather not as it lets others know how to fool SE (and other game makers for that matter).
People assume its very easy to catch bots. But SE has limited resources and needs some proof before the act on anything. As such its much harder to rid the game of botters than most people realize. Edited, May 13th 2010 3:13am by Caia
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