Runescape Is Going Nuclear, And Awesome On Botters
Fed up with cheaters using bots to outplay their fellow gamers, Runscape developer Jagex has alreayd made a name for itself as a severe punisher of cheats, having banned over a million bot accounts in one day last year. And they need to be, what with the crazy seriousness with which people take the game. And now, a new weapon is being pulled out of the armory: Public shaming.
In a press release, Jagex announced their most serious anti-botting policy yet. Dubbed Botany Bay (after the Australian bay near Sydney which was home to Britain’s first penal colony). the policy will subject people caught botting to public explosure prior to expulsion, in hopes that the botter will change before being kicked out. From the statement:
“From today, any player caught botting will be given two warnings to allow them to change their ways, after which they will be permanently banned from the game – with no appeals. At each warning stage the botter’s avatar will change to signify to the rest of the community that they have been caught botting. After receiving their second and final warning should they break the rules again, the bot avatar will be transferred to a new area called Botany Bay to await the judgment of the community.”
That sound you hear? It’s me slow-clapping. This is awesome news. Now if only this could be done to certain predatory developers I won’t name, life would be perfect.