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Keiichi Morisato

Destiny 2 Players Punished by Bungie, Game Loophole Gets Nerfed

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Keiichi Morisato    418
Keiichi Morisato

When you discover loopholes in multiplayer online games, don't expect for one minute that the game developer isn't going to penalize you for abusing those loopholes in their games. This is the lesson that many Destiny 2 players found themselves in when they discovered a loophole within the game that allowed them to level faster then other players.

Bungie, the developer of Destiny 2, started penalizing players of Destiny 2 after playing started using multiple same-class heroes. After playing Destiny 2 for a while, players began to realize that their second and third alternate classes, usually chosen to enhance their main character – known as Guardian – of the same class, started experiencing low power drops, out of the blue. The same thing applied to Luminous Engrams, which are supposedly meant to be weekly rewards. Many players took to various gaming forums to vent about this issue, as well as ask for tips on how it can be fixed. However, it was later revealed that Bungie was doing it on purpose.

Developers of Destiny 2 created it with the idea that players must choose three different classes. However, as always, players will find loopholes that will help them to progress in the game faster. In this case, players started using three characters of the same class, with two being used as workhorse minions to generate infusion. This will then serve as a catalyst for the main character to level up faster.

Bungie wasn't having none of that. Community manager Cosmo mentions that these nerfs are purposely done to prevent players from climbing up the ladder too easily.

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I spoke with the dev team about this. They said that secondary characters of the same class don’t get the weekly power bonus. They didn’t want to force players to have three of the same class to create the optimal way to increase their power level.

Forbes writer Paul Tassi thinks that this is a good decision on Bungie’s end, but the information should have been disclosed sooner. Players assume the role of a Guardian, wield a power called Light and are on a mission to protect the fictional Last City from various alien races. Led by their evil emperor Dominus Ghaul, one of the races, Cabal, infiltrate this city and take Light from all the Guardians. Hence begins the Guardians’ mission to defeat Ghaul and take back their city.

I have to give big kudos to Bungie for nerfing loopholes in player creation like this and just goes to show you that game developers are very aware of what's happening with their MMO games and that, sooner or later, they're going to shut down those loopholes as they become aware of them.

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Urd    47
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Happened to Insidia (very famous WoW guild back in WoTLK)...they found and used a bug in the fight design, and ended up getting a 3 day ban for it.

 

They were in the race for world first, so 3 days of no play is a big deal. I still don't like the idea of ppl being punished for finding mistakes that an office full of ppl weren't able to find/fix after months of develpment...Still harder to accept when we are talking about a mluti million dollar company such as Blizzard.

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Keiichi Morisato    418
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This type of thing happens but when the developers decide to penalize the players who abused it, they generally complain and whine about it and act like they are entitled to use those exploits in the game. I'm giving Bungie big congrats for dealing with this exploit by not banning the players who abused those exploits but to penalize those players in-game by nerfing the exploits so that players cannot take advantage of those exploits going forward. With many MMO's, the game developer who is in charge of those games usually suspend or ban those players. There is a game that I plan called Flyff, it's developed by Gala Labs and managed by Webzen. When someone exploits the game to their advantage, Webzen doesn't play games, they've suspended players for a lot longer than just three days. Players found to be taking advantage of exploits usually find themselves with a 30 day suspension from the game, a temporary ban.

Players who continue to abuse those exploits, which are part of the in-game mechanics, have also found themselves banned form the game indefinitely for repeated abuses. AFK Farming (using third party exterior tools) to farm for items in the game while you sleep are "suspension and banned" actions that can happen. This happens all of the time many Webzen games.

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