I have 8 characters, 1 in T3, 1 in T2, and 6 in T1. I loved this game from the moment it launched and bought all the founder packs except for Bronze. Since its release in NA, I have 253 hours played.
When I login at my favorite city (Luterra Castle) I am bombarded with gold seller spam. “Just turn off area chat” or “report and block them” are bad takes on how to solve this. I shouldn’t be a free laborer in reporting and moderating in game chat. The block list is also limited to 100 players so I cannot block them anymore.
Its like waking up and having a TV on full blast every morning and it is shouting the same advertisement. You cannot change the channel on this TV or adjust its volume. You are left with 2 choices: either go without it, or leave the advertisements running.
A single GM could login and sit in the server and just ban them outright. They are not “hacked accounts” spamming these ads. They are bots, and you can watch them run the same path in groups of 3-5 in the same precise lines.
It was one thing to censor the game and have me wishing for a way to use the KR assets, it is another to refuse to moderate the game chat with any level of human eyes on it. A script will never fully encompass a human moderators ability to detect and decide on what is considered damaging game behavior.
I give it 1 week. If the bots aren’t taken care of or if no in-game moderators are granted the power to ban these bots as they spam then I will be sure to tell those on the fence and playing Elden Ring at the time not to bother, they don’t care about their community. They only care about the dollar and don’t care if it dries up into another BDO, because BDO still generates a lot of money with minimal effort.
If you can only give feedback that the devs ask about the game will never improve… this is why bliz is going through such a hard time. They for years have had the attitude they were the ones that knew best and players don’t know sh!t.
Gold spamming is a VERY EASY thing to fix and there is NO REASON for it to be plaguing a game in 2022
Things like that don’t work because it just punishes new players, I was in the newbie town recently and saw like 20 bots leveling up in the like 5 seconds it took to turn in my quest.
The best way is a mix of a dev watching chat (A.I. assisted) and player reports
It is a boring job (and so you need an undo button in case the dev clicks yes but was just on auto pilot) but it is the best way to deal with this crap with out hurting the players.
I would normally say it if fanboying… but amazon hasn’t done anything to fanboy over yet.
It could also be hired firms to intentionally frustrate any talks of making changes they don’t want to make… but that is just going to lead to a toxic player base and cause people to quit the game like WoW.