There's some new technology that a company is developing (I apologize, I can't remember the company off hand) that could replace captcha. It's basically a slide bar that you have to move until a picture comes into focus, like the focus dial on a camera. Perhaps they could use that?
Always good to see JW talking about D3 and being ethuthiastic about the future of the game!
And I agree with other comments here, I would not want to be answering CAPTCHA questions if I'm playing. There has to be a better way to detect and stop cheaters without having to inconvenience legit players. I think casual players would be turned off and stop playing.
I think Captchas is a terrible idea. The point is that you don't want to annoy legit users too much just to suppress bots.
The absolute bot-free environment is one where all accounts are locked and nobody plays the game. One has to find a middle way. There are already some of measures that reduce cheats/bots/hacks, which all come at the cost of making the game more inconvenient for legit players. Examples:
- Authenticators (additional cost, additional effort to log in, but works wonders against account hacks)
- always online (mostly copy-protection, but also makes it harder to cheat/hack the game. Inconvenient for players)
- ban waves (they also pick up legit players sometimes)
Each additional measure will add inconvenience for legit players, and you really don't want to go to the extreme case where you have perfect bot protection but no players left.
How bout instead of a CAPTCHA to prevent botting, ban accounts that are logged in and playing 24 hours a day 7 days a week. No human could possibly do that, and if it wasn't bots, it would have to that multiple people are playing on the account, which is also a violation of the TOS.
lol @ Jay: "when we released diablo 3, at the time we felt like it was the best game we could make" .... "and the diablo 3 we have now is the diablo 3 we want"
I think the captcha idea is a bad solution to a bad problem, as it will only really catch casual botters. For the people making a business out of it, they'll most likely have someone monitoring 100s of bots, filling in a captcha/minute. That being said, it would be a deterrent, and I'm not sure how much of the economy is broken by casual botters (it might far outweigh the pros).
Edit: also at no mention of d3up.com > diabloprogress & diablostats as a gear/dmg comparator tool