I for one didn’t know how bad it is in low lvl areas but recently i started to do Solas runs for the card deck and only now i saw the gravity of the situation. Starting areas are full of bots, maybe 1/10 is a player and i wonder what a would a new player think about the game when he sees this ?
I’ve seen this used in some other games efficiently but it only works under very specific circumstances where certain actions are taken repetitively or where certain actions taken by a person or bot would vary significantly. How would you suggest the captcha be implemented in Lost Ark to be effective at reducing bot activity ?
Which activities would these captchas be applied to, how often would they appear(general intervals ex. every 5-8 minutes, as a precise interval would be easily bypassed) and how can this be done so as not to consistently inconvenience players to the point that it becomes more intrusive than the bot problem it’s supposed to remedy ?
I have seen it in other games it was a random window and there was no way to automate this proccess it could either be from 1 minute to 24 hours but when it happened and you failed you was jailed and reviewed by a GM. The captcha triggered when you were doing activities that interacted with enviroment example ( dealing damage , fishing , talking to npcs) Being inside a town would still get it triggered if you didnt click the “AFK” button. People loved this system as it keeped the game clean , it was kinda annoying but they all supported this for a pure gaming experience.
I understand that, however many players of lost ark are abnormally sensitive to any inconvenience as can be seen by the majority of posts on the forums, texts in the in game chat, posts on twitter etc. Although this is simply the vocal minority and doesn’t encompass the majority of players, it’s still a large amount.
I can see this being accepted to a certain degree, especially if there was a minor reward for completing the captcha(perhaps 5k silver or something similarly small but high value) but nothing seems to be enough as people are complaining about the free gifts acquired from AGS.
Now you have to take into account that Lost Ark does not have in game GM moderation software and this would take a long time to develop especially since it would have to be done by Smilegate and not Amazon. What then would happen to players who failed the afk test(captcha) due to various possible reasons?
No one said it was an excuse, but the facts are simple. There is no fast fix that will solve the bot issue and no developer has succeeded in doing so. Any measures taken against bots will require time to implement in a way that is not more intrusive or inconvenient to players than the bots themselves.
The thousands of players still in game including myself will attest to the inaccuracy of that statement. AGS will eventually find a solution, being impatient and quitting a game because bots are present and annoying is a decision you make on a personal basis. Don’t think that your decision applies to anyone else or a majority of the players.