I've been playing Diablo since June, I think. I've had my "on and offs" from the game like most other people. And I've played few diffrent classes. I've enjoyed it, and I've hated it. Like most other people again.
I quit again when I started to find the game boring. And when patch 1.0.5 and paragon system was introduced I started. I leveled to like 20 pretty fast and then quit again for some weeks. Then few of my friends started to play again and I said I'll join with you guys. So I did. I pretty much rushed to a high paragon level and got bored. We did alot of things togheter, started at farming MP level 2-3-4 and worked our way up, that was a challenge for us. We liked it and we tried to beat the uber bosses on higher and higher difficulties, in the end. We barely got any reward. We felt that this wasn't enough. Most of us quit, when I'm talking about "us" I'm talking about my real life friends that I used to play with.
But I had couple of "internet friends" that I met in general chat or through public games. Good guys, can't say anything bad about them. They were all alot lower level than me but soon they started to out level me, as I started to log in more rarely(I still logged in atleast once a day to just check AH, have a chat etc). I thought it was something wrong, and I've heard from few of them that they used some kind of bot. Which is in my eyes, bad ofcourse. But somehow understandable.
I mean, it is ofcourse against the rules, but I can still understand why some people decided to start bot. Can't we all understand that? Even if we do not agree with it(I even think they don't agree with it themselves sometimes), we can still understand? Or?
For example, people manually leveled to paragon level 60-70-80 and didn't get a single item worth 100m+. I guess these people get tired. Thats hundreds of hours played. Don't you think they feel like it's not rewarding enough? I think they start to think like "Fuck this, since this game is all about gear anyways I can aswell just bot it and meanwhile do anything else, watch a movie, read a book, go outside, play another game etc".
People will argue that "this game is not all about gear", you might be right. To a point it isn't. We've all had a point where we played because we wanted challenges and because we wanted to beat things as hard as possible etc. But when you've done all of that, what's left?
Do Blizzard understand why causual players start to bot? I'm 100% sure it's not only "bot companies/farms" or whatever they're called that bots. I'm sure there is also people with just 1 account that got "tired" and started to bot.
People will say "whats the point of playing the game when it's not you playing it!". I also agree with this, whats the fucking point? But when I think about it for a moment and when I try to think "what do the botters think about this, and why do they bot?", I come to the conclusion that in the end they will get paragon level 100, and if they are lucky they will get good gear and just wait for new challenges to be introduced in the coming patches. I.e. PVP etc. And if they don't get anything valueable by the time they're plvl 100, they will probably just think "phew, luckily I didnt spend 1000h getting plvl 100 for nothing!".
What do you guys think? Am I speculating totally wrong? If we have botters around us, would you care to explain/discuss what you feel/think and what made you start botting?
PLEASE UNDERSTAND THAT I'M IN NO WAY ENCOURAGING BOTTING! If you bot, you risk getting perma banned.
What I want to do is simply to discuss, and I hope we can respect everyones opinions. We all think differently. But I hope we can keep a good level of discussion here, no insulting eachother etc.
Edit: And oh, I also welcome any Community Managers to reply on their insights and thoughts about botting. Why do you think it is as big problem as it is? Is it because people see it as "the fast way to get to the top", or because they are simply bored of playing themselves? What do you think is the main reason, and how can we stop it? Except from banning ofcourse, what other actions can we take? What does the game need? Etc etc.
Edited by Gurriish, 14 December 2012 - 12:36 AM.