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Joins The Hacked Masses, Blames Gold Buyers

It’s not like I really needed more proof that buying gold makes you an asshat, but to drive the point home even further I got hacked today. A friend called me up and asked if I was playing, since I was online, not answering in chat and had emptied our guild’s bank at 7am. Considering that I haven’t logged into World of Warcraft for several days, it was easy to draw the quick conclusion that my account has been compromised.

Now, it would be easy for me to play the blame game and start to point to some form of security fault at Blizzard. It might be, considering the rise of hackings lately. At the same time, hackers might just have found more sneaky ways of getting into our accounts – or simply, the market might be lucrative enough these days that there are just more hackers around now. I’ve really tried to make sense of where I did wrong, uninstalling applications that I’ve downloaded lately, doing a full spyware and virus scan. The virus scan is still running, while the spyware scan turned up nothing.

Victor pointed my to this post at Destructoid, which might give further clues to what happened, while Balsakian mentioned addons. Could be a mix. Could be all of them. Could be neither. I have no idea. I might have clicked a bad link, or an addon is infected, or…I just don’t know. I feel a bit clueless right now.

My virus scan just finished, deep scan on my system and external drive. Nothing found. I’m at a complete loss where to go from here.

Really though, I am not as mad at the hacker him/herself as to the culture that has caused this. They hack accounts to get to the gold, which they can sell. Don’t get me any crap about bad game design and that’s why you buy gold. You’re an idiot who keep fueling money into an industry that is illegal, immoral and has no qualms about hacking into peoples’ accounts.

My gnome is running around in Northrend without pants because of people like you. I love MMOs, I love the culture and the communities. But you, Mr or Mrs Goldbuyer? You’re an asshat. Go cheat in The Sims 3 instead, where you can feel all high and mighty instead of screwing your fellow MMO-players over. The spam, the hackings, they wouldn’t happen if there wasn’t a market. Go QQ somewhere else. You’re scum.

I’ve filed a support ticket, with all the information I could enter, and I hope that Blizzard get back to me soon. I don’t really care that much about my current gear, it wasn’t all that anyway, but I want my old stuff back. My 7/8 pieces of Tier 1, my Onyxia Scale Cloak, the old Onyxia attunement amulet that isn’t available in the game anymore. My Perdition’s Blade, that I still had stashed in a corner of my bank. Those are things I’ve been holding on to for years, because of nostalgia. I will miss them.

Krystalle has written up a good guide on how to spot those fishy mails that you might get. She’s also written down some of her own thoughts about hacking and buying gold. Very good read.

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Gold Spam Nation: Why buying gold makes you an asshat

Or “Why trying to exaggerate your way out of being an asshat is not working, you’re still an asshat for buying gold”.

Gold spam at its finest.

Gold spam at its finest.

If you’re not playing Aion, chances are that you’ve still heard about the gold spammer problem the game is currently facing. Take a look at the picture to the left, that’s the Looking for Group-channel on my server (Castor-EU), a snapshot of about 5 seconds. The thing just kept rolling and rolling in a never ending stream of gold spam. If you look closely, you’ll notice that it’s not only one spammer – there are actually two of them captured in that shot and there were probably more of them lurking about. In a game that doesn’t even have a free trial yet, which means that the spammers are using paid accounts, that’s a quite impressive amount of gold selling right there.

Because of the problems Aion is having, the discussion about gold buying being OK or not has cropped up again. It keeps popping up, for a reason. It’s a controversial subject, after all. I can see all kinds of side to the phenomenon, but there’s one thing that always gets me – the ridiculous justifications some people bring up to excuse their gold buying. It’s not enough just to say that they are too lazy to get their hands on the gold, the blame is often shifted on the game developers instead. Most of the time, this is absolute BS. SkyRi has given me an excellent example in his comment on Insert Awesome Aion Name. He’s written a post about it himself on Aion Insider, but it doesn’t really say much about the subject at all, so I’ll stick with the comment – that’s where the juicy stuff can be found.

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