SWTOR bans players for playing the game wrong - destructoid
Site layout weird? Try Ctrl-Shift-Refresh   |   Report a bug

SWTOR bans players for playing the game wrong

8:00 AM on 01.03.2012

Jim Sterling

Former Reviews Editor

Users have been receiving temporary bans for "exploiting" Star Wars: The Old Republic, as confirmed by BioWare recently. The only trouble is, the players were not really breaking the game in anyway -- they've only been doing what the game has allowed them to do.

The issue stems from players visiting Ilum below their character has reached Level 40, and opening boxes to find high level loot. If a player does this too many times (and I should point out in fairness that the banned parties do this a lot), they will get their account suspended for potentially damaging the game's economy. 

"It’s important to remember that our Terms of Service team is extremely careful and thorough in their investigation of any potential exploit or unusual activity in-game," said community manager Stephen Reid. "Working closely with the development team and using extensive metrics based on player activity, they are able to determine what is normal player activity, what is unusual and what is exploiting. Our goal is always to ensure a fair game experience for all players while also protecting the rights of individuals, and if people are disrupting the play experience for others action will be taken."

I find it hard to believe that any of this is the fault of the player, however. If a similar way to get high level loot existed in a single-player game, would it be classified as a damaging exploit, or simply a good money making method? Ultimately, the game itself is allowing this "exploit" to happen, with no cracking, breaking, or even bending required. You visit a planet, get gear, and make money. The containers aren't even restricted by level -- the most basic and obvious answer to this whole situation.

BioWare needs to fix that, rather than just ban anyone for the crime of doing what MMOs expect them to do -- grind and loot.

Get comment replies by email.     settings



Unsavory comments? Please report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our comment moderators

Can't see comments? Anti-virus apps like Avast or some browser extensions can cause this. Easy fix: Add   [*].disqus.com   to your security software's whitelist.


More Star Wars: The Old Republic  updates:

news ( 77 ) galleries ( 76 ) videos ( 76 )

You remember Darth Revan? Well he's back! In DLC form! BioWare has announced that an upcoming DLC will feature the classic Revan character from KOTOR in The Old Republic. It'll arrive on December 9th, priced at $19....
Looking at the year ahead for Star Wars: The Old Republic, senior producer Bruce Maclean says there are two more digital expansions on the way -- "one similar to Galactic Starfighter in scope and one more closely resembling R...
The Galactic Starfighter expansion for Star Wars: The Old Republic has been available to Subscribers of the MMO since early December, and now it's time for Preferred Early Access users to get in on the action. Prefe...
As promised, the Galactic Starfighter expansion for Star Wars: The Old Republic has gone live for subscribers today adding 12 vs. 12 PvP free-flight dogfighting, complete with the ability to customize ships. On top ...
Here's another look at the upcoming Galactic Starfighter expansion for Star Wars: The Old Republic, aka the first truly interesting thing I've seen out of this game in months. The familiar sights and sounds of Star Wars dogf...
As an absolute sucker for space battles in the Star Wars universe, this new digital expansion for Star Wars: The Old Republic is looking mighty fine. I've resisted the call of BioWare's MMO even with it going free-to-play, b...
BioWare has rolled out "Game Update 2.1: Customization" for Star Wars: The Old Republic. As previously demonstrated, this update introduces the Cathar as a playable race up for purchase at the Cartel Market as well as an Appe...
EA's president of labels Frank Gibeau announced during yesterday's earnings call that after Star Wars: The Old Republic transitioned to a free-to-play model, "the monthly revenue has doubled." Gibeau also confirmed that the g...
Star Wars The Old Republic update 2.1, dubbed the "Customization" update, now has a new trailer that shows off a significant addition to the fray -- the Cathar race (remember Juhani from Knights of the Old Republic?). This i...
With a name like Update 2.1: Dance of the Hutts, you know you're in for a change of pace. Headlining this April Fool's Day joke for Star Wars: The Old Republic are dance-based PvP combat and "an affectionate, but reluctant ne...








Back to Top