I know people do it, check into the game files to see what's new, or what might be in an area. And I know some people will use those game files to solve puzzles, or figure out what is/isn't going to happen...
To my mind, that's cheating, with a big ol' C, and an exploit to boot. Not to mention it completely steps outside the spirit of the game, and it can screw things up. Look at all the hubub about Neghilan animals, from a hacked file that didn't even exist anymore.
It makes me snarly, but until Cyan figures out a way to block those files...*shrug*
What makes my blood boil though, is when people start posting the information they've gotten from hacked files. "Well, it has to be this, because I found XYZ in the game files!". Worse, when they do it without spoiler tags.
Uhhhhuh. Why not just slap CHEATER across your forehead and have done? Guarantees I won't ever believe you solved a puzzle on your own.
Look, you wanna hack the game, go right ahead. No one can stop you. If you wanna say its OK to do, a time honored MMO tradition, you keep telling yourself that, if it makes you feel justified.
But quit trying to sully and soil the gameplay for others. It doesn't make you look smart, or clever. it makes you look like someone who's too lazy to actually play the game, and enjoy it.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
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Agreed, the only files I poke in are the texture ones and thats for making wallpapers/banners and other such things for my sites and for the community.
I guess that could be just as bad, I try to mind the spoilers though.
Having an interest in the internals of a game doesn't mean that someone is playing incorrectly, or having less fun than you. Opening a folder marked "Uru" and seeing a file named The-Sound-Icebergs-in-Dereno-Make.ogg isn't "cheating" any more than skipping ahead in a book is, and I don't see why an acknowlegement that the game has files and guts and things should be any more disruptive to your personal immersion than a discussion on bookbinding. It's your responsibility to suspend your own disbelief.
It would be another story if people were revealing the secrets of the game in advance, but I just don't see that happening right now. Some curious skeptics read the names of files on their computer, didn't see anything labeled Bahro-That-Appears-In-The-Neighborhood.prp, and assumed incorrectly that it was impossible for the Bahro sighting to be real. No doubt the real hackers knew better, but they seem to have kept their mouths shut until it was already widely known. The result isn't massive authoritative spoilers ruining everyone's day, it's just more gossip and speculation, some of it true, some of it not. If anything, it seems like a victory for the "no reading ahead!" crowd.
I agree completely with you Eleri. It just "sucks" in my mind.
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