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# 79943 24-Mar-2011 11:51
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This player wants to set up a secret meeting to exchange money for access to his locked account.

Those who typically don't game on a weekly basis – if at all – would label consistent playing as a sign of "obsession" or "addiction." For those of us who actually do spend a good deal of time dumping hours and dollars into various titles, it's called an "investment," or just falls in line with numerous other monthly bills that need to be paid. Why? Because we "invest" our time and money into what we love, similar to the passion of building a collection of hardback books, purchasing digital media from iTunes or even subscribing to Netflix. Speaking from personal experience, non-gamers just don't get that point of view.

So when news arrived of a banned World of Warcraft gamer offering to pay Blizzard cash to be allowed back into the popular MMORPG, it came as no surprise. After all, how much money and time had the gamer already dumped into the game before Blizzard swung its mighty Ban-hammer? Was it more than $1000 USD, because that's what the gamer is currently offering on Craigslist.

"I got my WoW account banned yesterday during the archaeology bot ban wave," the gamer writes. "I wasn't a gold farmer or seller, never bought gold. I just botted archaeology because it's a boring profession. I'm looking for a WoW Account Admin (WoWAccountAdmin@blizzard.com) to un-ban my account for $1000 USD. No questions asked - your anonymity will be preserved."

The gamer claims that the offer is indeed serious. "I live locally and can meet you in person wherever you like with cash, PayPal you money as a gift (non-refundable and non-disputable by me), leave an envelope under a tree, or pay you in any other manner you prefer," he adds. "You will definitely get your money if I get my account back. You will have my full information - name, address, everything. Email me and I will give you my phone number and we can talk."

Did you catch that? You will definitely get your money if I get my account back. That line itself leaves a window open for the gamer to completely ignore promised payment even if a WoW admin decides to take pity and unlock the user's account. Nevertheless, the plea is a perfect example of the value players put on their "investments" whether they're buying ammo for "killing simulators" or farming tomatoes.

Based on the listing, Blizzard has seemingly accused the player of farming gold. Unfortunately, that's usually frowned upon in most MMORPGs and will result in a permanent ban. There's probably no way the user will get his account back. Still, let's see if anyone actually takes the bait...

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  # 451404 24-Mar-2011 12:04
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Whats farming for gold?

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  # 451412 24-Mar-2011 12:30
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Farming for gold is when all you do is make heaps of money via various means (usually bot related) in game and sell the in game gold for real dollars.

ie: Ebay auction will be "20 million WoW gold for only $100USD!"

Its against T&C of the game etc




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  # 451733 25-Mar-2011 11:23
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When Wintergrasp use to be the favourite mining place I use to go there on a daily basis and report hackers, I gave up on mining the ore and just run around waiting to catch hacks and their were plenty of them on the realm - back then you couldn't fly but the hackers could, plus they would speed jump - jump long distances and others would mine under the map they were hard to catch as there name would only show up for like 2 seconds if they were nearby. mine then they be gone as in instantly at the other side of the map. But I got pretty good at it and it became my new addiction in wow. Patroling Wintergrasp in search of exploiters.

I did this for months cause I was so angry at these cheaters that made it harder for us honest players to level our profession up. Im sure by the time I stopped 90% of the hackers change to another realm. On a good day I would report round 30-40 hacks thats how bad it was. I would get emails on a daily basis from Blizzard staff thanking me for my good work and to keep it up im sure thats another reason why I always got invited when ever they had a beta put out and wanted players to test it. I would of preferred gold. lol




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  # 452416 27-Mar-2011 15:02
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So thats why it was always hard to find black lotus in winterspring back in the day, damn hacker bot farmers.

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