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PostSubject: Re: Opathu's Investigation Into 'Gold Selling' on Eurogamer website   Wed Apr 01, 2009 8:17 pm

the links are broken i think.

2 and 3 give me the same article
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PostSubject: Re: Opathu's Investigation Into 'Gold Selling' on Eurogamer website   Thu Apr 02, 2009 5:57 am

Opathu wrote:
I'm just back in from the Caribbean, hence my absence from these geeky realms. Ok, seems there has been quite a bit of Internet reaction to my series on Gold Selling in MMOs for Eurogamer.net.

Here are the links:

1. Introduction to the series
http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/gold-trading-exposed-introduction-article

2. Meeting the gold farmers and gold sellers
http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/gold-trading-exposed-the-sellers-article

3. Talking to players about their views
http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/gold-trading-exposed-the-players-article

4. The MMO companies' reactions and solutions
(next week)

Enjoy.

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PostSubject: Re: Opathu's Investigation Into 'Gold Selling' on Eurogamer website   Thu Apr 02, 2009 8:51 am

Thanks Mori, yes I have now edited the third section to the correct link (Players: http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/gold-trading-exposed-the-players-article)
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PostSubject: Re: Opathu's Investigation Into 'Gold Selling' on Eurogamer website   Thu Apr 09, 2009 1:42 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Opathu's Investigation Into 'Gold Selling' on Eurogamer website   Thu Apr 09, 2009 1:58 pm

*goes to read*
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PostSubject: Re: Opathu's Investigation Into 'Gold Selling' on Eurogamer website   Thu Apr 09, 2009 2:03 pm

Very well done mate!
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PostSubject: Re: Opathu's Investigation Into 'Gold Selling' on Eurogamer website   Thu Apr 09, 2009 2:13 pm

Nice story Nick.
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PostSubject: Re: Opathu's Investigation Into 'Gold Selling' on Eurogamer website   Fri Apr 10, 2009 11:19 am

Now, for a special bonus prize, guess which players you know took part in those articles ...
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PostSubject: Re: Opathu's Investigation Into 'Gold Selling' on Eurogamer website   Thu Apr 16, 2009 1:19 pm

Just got around to reading part 4.

One thing that strikes me is that control over the actual bots and sellers is that it would be pretty easy with a few tweaks to the PVP and channel settings.
If you make it that there are no safe areas outside sanctuaries, it means that you need to have at least a lvl 60 char to be able to get somewhere where you can spam. Sure, this would mean that "normal" and RP realms would automatically become PVP and RPPVP realms, but it would mean that players could help out with the problem.
If you then make it so that when a char dies they can only communicate in a "death" channel with a message of "toon X has died" appearing in all guild and personal channels. That way you can still read what is said but you can't post, except in the death channel where people can also join if they want. This then helps to limit where the spammers can advertise. You can then just report them for spam if you are in that channel and there's no other way they can do it.

Sure, it's not fool proof, but it helps us to do something about the problem and reduce the effect of those that slip through.
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PostSubject: Re: Opathu's Investigation Into 'Gold Selling' on Eurogamer website   Thu Apr 16, 2009 1:45 pm

Read it all and all I can say: Good job Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Opathu's Investigation Into 'Gold Selling' on Eurogamer website   Fri Apr 17, 2009 2:08 pm

A good read. Nicely done Nick.
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