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  1. Question to all NCwest staff member

    Short answer.. no. The long answer is much longer, so stop reading if you aren't looking for a History of Aion lesson. Aion has a terrible track record for hacks and the ability to catch and punish hackers. It might be a coding thing. I'm not sure on that, but the major hacks catch up in less than 24 hours after a new major patch. So you do get no hackers for a small amount of time after each major patch. At least twice, NCSoft used GameGuard, but that never really worked. They did try to use Xigncode, which other games used with some success, but it never really came out of the "gathering data" period and was quickly discontinued. To be perfectly honest, the devs don't seem to put any effort at all into blocking hacks through any game code systems and Aion doesn't make enough $$ to warrant using any meaningful anti-hack programs. So that leaves players reporting other players to Support. (As a side note.. Support in Aion blows. They don't just blow but they blow huge, nasty, technicolor chunks. The Support in Aion is so disconnected to the current state of the game that they often give information in response to player's tickets that are two or three patches out of date. It's pretty much an Aion meme at this point that Support is manned entirely by three two-twoed sloths, a four pound turnip and some guy named Steve who was kicked out of the second grade for eating paste. But I digress..) A player can send in a ticket with the name, date, time and physical location that they saw a player do something that is impossible to do in the game world under normal circumstances and Support will ask for video. Keep in mind that Aion records what we do and where we are with time and date stamps. So if I were to send a ticket to Support saying that on July 9th @ 1:16pm EST @Cheesecake-DN flew straight up into the air while we were both standing in front of an npc named Bobonyerk in Pandaemonium. Support would 100% be able to do to that time and date stamp on DN and see exactly what Cake was doing. They could ban her for using a flight hack. But they won't. Rather than do actual work, they will ask for video. I could provide a screenshot that shows me targeting Cake who is over 9k meters from me straight up in the air in this no flight zone and still Support would ask me for a video. Now if I do catch Cake using those tasty hats on video and I submit it along with the time and date and location (which allows Support to verify what they are seeing in the video I provided), I would get back the exact message that @Excalibur-KT posted above. They would thank me for providing the information, but for privacy reasons, they won't tell me what happens. I could watch as Cake logs in day after day and I would have no idea what happened. Support might have warned Cake not to hack. What does that do? Pretty much nothing. Support might have taken no action at all. Let's say that Cake is known as a very large marine mammal with a streamlined hairless body, a horizontal tail fin, and a blowhole on top of the head for breathing. Did that play a part in why she is still running about scot-free even though I had her dead to rights using one of the most visible hats? You bet. We know this because it has happened with more and more frequency as the game has aged. Once upon a time, players could do an end-run around the incompetent Support by appealing to the CMs. The CMs could do the research using the game data and then provide iron-clad proof that a player was hacking to Support and ask them to ban the player. That didn't work all the time, but it did work. That is until we had the whole Blackcrow incident. (For those not around at the time, Blackcrow was a governor who used flight hats to get on top of a tower at a siege where they killed alts in order to gain massive amounts of contribution to get top GP at sieges. That's what he was -caught- doing. That wasn't the first time he used hats. He even came onto the forums to post all his pay2win items saying that these were his proof that he would never be banned. The staff rallied behind the players and got him banned. He then called a vice president of the company and -cried-. He was given his account back, though it was stripped of the GP. He continued to play far more quietly than he had.. but he did play.) So tell me.. what is the point of the good staff members that we have going out onto a limb to help Aion become a hat-free game? Absolutely none and you can't really blame them. Putting that very visual lesson aside, NCWest has less and less employees who are being asked to do more and more. Who has the time to hold Support's two-twoed feet to the fire? So what can we do? How can players help clean up Aion when they aren't getting a whole lot of "Support"? Don't use hacks yourself. Don't be tempted by the sparklies. Just refuse. Don't tolerate other players that do hack. Don't group with them. Don't accept their help to down bosses or instances. Don't allow them into your legion or your alliances. Shun them. And, for the love of shugos, don't defend them when they get called out just because they are your "friends". Don't get bent out of shape when a hacker beats you. Doesn't matter if it's in PvP or PvE. Just remember that -they- didn't actually beat you. Their hacks did. They are apparently so crap at this game that they need to buy help in order to beat you. There are things that you just aren't going to be able to fix. So do what you can, keep your eyes on your own game and find enjoyment in just playing Aion.
  2. World boss

    But you realize that this potato and his equally potato friends can't out dps two geared legions, right? Look. I agree with everything you said and posted so in this thread and others. But I am a realist. The reason this guy is "whining like a child" is that he could form a league with everyone he could find and still wouldn't out dps One and Clarity. He is essentially locked out of the content. He's free to try, but we know he isn't likely to succeed. As long as those legions -want- a boss, they will take that boss. That's just reality. They are 100% not breaking any rules by playing this way. They don't have to carry anyone or give anyone anything. Rather than advising this guy to fruitlessly try to form a competition league, it would be better to advise him to either join one of those top legions (and yes.. I understand you laugh at the very idea that One or Clarity would want his undergeared childish attitude) or come to terms that boss drops are not the way he will be able to gear himself and instead he should concentrate on other ways that he can gear himself. Might not be the top top gear, but there are still things he can work on getting.
  3. 3rd Party Programs

    You probably will still get the same ambiguous response and won't get a clear "yes" or "no". This has been asked and been dodged literally for years. Though I guess there is always hope that this time will be different.
  4. World boss

    OMG! I had forgotten about that! LOLOLOL. Probably the single oddest thing I have ever seen on the forums. And the obvious response when someone calls you out on the forums! Post the nudes that their gf sent to you! This Therry guy is pretty damn close to that level of potato. We live in hope and the day is still young.
  5. Vaniiiiii god

    Damn you, forums, for not allowing us to use pictures right now! Again, little ducks. Use your imaginations on what we could post under this little gem.
  6. World boss

    I am imaging this guy flailing about and flapping is hands in frustration because the big kids took his toys and he needs mommy to get them back for him. I would find a gif and post it, but pictures aren't displaying. So you will have to use your imagination.
  7. Vaniiiiii god

    Guessing you got in trouble for something you posted. Apparently whatever it was, it wasn't enough to actually get you outright banned. Though keep this up and I am pretty sure you will get there soon enough. Were you the one that posted advising everyone to use hacks because everyone else is? The thread was taken down, so that's my guess. If that was you, it's really odd that you can't understand that posting that would get you in trouble. From the Code of Conduct.. While that thread didn't post a link to the hacks, they did name them and did encourage players to use them. Pretty sure the thread violated the spirit, if not the letter, of this section. While we are looking at the CoC, this thread probably violates this one.. Best to keep disciplinary discussions to personal messages.
  8. World boss

    I am not in one of those legions. I am not defending anyone. I personally think that some of the stunts that the "big legions" have pulled are reprehensible and directly contribute to the further decline of the player base. BUT.. and here is what you can't seem to wrap your tiny, tiny brain around.. THEY AREN'T BREAKING ANY RULES. The world bosses are 100% free right now.. today. Every single world boss that has ever been spawned has been open to every single player on the server. Every person has the same chance to form a group/alliance/league to take it down. Your issue isn't that the content isn't open to you. Your issue is that you can't compete with the big legions. You are correct that you are unlikely to form any alliance that will outdps those big legions, but it isn't the job of those legions to carry you or give you a chance to get the loot. They don't exist to gear you. Rather than getting your panties in a bunch over how "unfair" all of this is, you would be better off unclenching your butt cheeks and working on gear that you are more likely to attain. But you don't have to take my advice.. even if that advice comes from years of experience. Carry on with your tantrums. Best of luck.
  9. You mean some players are asshats who cheated, scammed and used other players?! This is my shocked face.. For those who were cheated, scammed and used, you rolled your dice and things didn't go as you planned. It's not against any rules to transfer with legion wb summoning scrolls. These guys would be hardly the first legion leaders to abscond with legion items and they probably won't be the last. They are hardly the first legion leads to promise the rabble advancement to bolster their numbers and then ditch them when they are no longer needed. They are hardly the only legion leaders who pressured players into paying them in items, ncoin or indeed real money in exchange for inclusion. (Though the real money thing is against the rules and if anyone can actually prove that to the staff, -maybe- you could get them to sit up and take notice. Maybe.) Live and learn, right? Having a good number of geared players transfer to the other server will 100% harm their faction on their old server, but so? If the staff didn't put a limit on transfers, then they are doing nothing wrong. If anything, it will hasten the merging of the two remaining servers. So it's probably wiser to just sit still and wait for that rather than pay to transfer. I guess the point is.. relax. Do things like this suck? Indeed they do. But they aren't new and are hardly shocking. Best to just do your thing and stop worrying about what others are doing.
  10. So...about Divine

  11. Elyos hackers and NCsoft doesn't care.

    And since I doubt you drop thousands of $$ each month in Aion, you will actually get perma banned. Best of luck to you.
  12. World boss

    You may not like what @Vessttemona-KT is saying, but they are correct. If you want world boss loot, you will have to compete for it. And you are correct.. you can't compete. End of story. Tantrums on the forums aren't going to change that.
  13. Elyos hackers and NCsoft doesn't care.

    We can all agree that there are many hackers in both races on both servers. We can start talking from there. At first the staff told us that they couldn't just find hackers and so what they needed us to do was to report hackers and they would investigate them and ban them. When we did that, they told us that just reporting wasn't good enough. Even if we gave them times and dates and locations. Screenshots were also not good enough. What we actually needed to do was send in video of the incident and then that would do their own investigation and ban the hackers. As time went on, I think most of us have come to the conclusion that there is 100% a different form of "justice" for hackers who spend money and those that don't. Prime example.. Blackcrow. That player was caught hacking very publicly several times, though he had likely been hacking for years. He even came to the forums to post his pay-2-win gear as proof that he would never been banned. After iron clad proof was provided to Support by some dedicated staff members, he was finally banned. Only.. he wasn't really banned. The player got a hold of an executive's phone number, called him and CRIED. The exec then wanted to know why anyone would ban someone that had spent so much on the game. Blackcrow was unbanned and continued to play.. albeit for more quietly. While he was an extreme case, we can all point to multiple players who were banned for hacking and who either got their accounts back after a period of time or who just bought another account and continue to hack to this day. As NCWest spent less and less time and resources on Aion, they have been less and less concerned about the fairness of the game. I think the staff has learned their lesson over the whole Blackcrow incident. Support isn't going to do their job even if you spoon feed them the evidence of hacking and the higher-ups only care about the bottom line. So why put any effort into banning hackers? So NCSoft is going to be no help in stopping hackers. The only thing that would stop hackers would be if players themselves refused to run with anyone that hacks. (Just so you know.. I did laugh when I wrote that.) Hacking has become more and more accepted, just as many ingame behaviors that would previously get you shunned have now become accepted. (Racist language, ninja looting, kill stealing, stalking, harassment, etc,) Basically the game has become a great big toilet of bad behaviors. You can absolutely find little niches of great people who mostly just tune out all the nastiness and if you can do that, too, Aion is still a great place to while away your free time hours. I guess the bottom line is.. It took a long time to get where we are and it isn't going to change. Don't let it bother you, keep your eyes on your own game and you will be much happier.
  14. Introducing Kibbelz

    Welcome. Actual photo of Kibbelz's first day..
  15. So there's no cap on the number of transfers?
  16. You two are, in fact, saying the same things. Maika speaks about well known players in the past that were nasty human beings that used people and how players allowed themselves to be used because they wanted to get ahead. FefeHulk points out that Maika is being used right now by the newest Alaryl/Pocos/et al. Maika acknowledges that. The point is.. you can't change it when people don't want it to change. NCWest could get involved, as they tried to in the past, but what's the point when players actively support the egotistical douche-canoes that are using them? There is a saying.. in a democracy, the people get the government that they deserve. I believe this goes for the players of Aion as well. We vote with our wallets and with our feet. We chose to be here. We chose to continue to pay to be here. And we chose to support vile human beings who use players for their own financial and in game progress gain. We don't need saving. We have the state of a game that we deserve.
  17. .. and round and round it goes. There are so many examples of this truth going as far back as 2009. It's just Aion. There was a time when I would get all tied in knots over these things happening. I participated in faction meetings and spoke calmly to egotistical dickheads who made my skin crawl all in an attempt to get our very under-represented faction to work together to get something nice and shiny for our faction. I was all about "You don't have to like the person you are sieging with. You just have to work with them for an hour so that we can all benefit." We even got attention from the staff who, like us, wanted to see Aion be a fair game where no one was locked completely out of content. You would think with the staff mediating between the two factions and actually coming into game on their days off to encourage unity that everything would have been sunshine and rainbows. And you would be wrong. This is AION, where we can't have nice things because ultimately we, the playerbase, don't want them. In the end the staff backed off when a large legion broke ranks and screwed the entire faction over.. a legion, btw, who couldn't have been bothered to actually participate in all the work that went into getting the faction together and working with the staff despite being invited to participate. Because in the end the flaw of Aion is that in order to have nice things, you have to get other players to act in a manner that doesn't screw you over. The names may have changed over the years but the toxic attitude remains. And worse, there will always be players who are otherwise nice people who support them because being included feels good and the potatoes know this. So here is the thing. What the OP is describing has always been around. It isn't going to get better and will, in fact, only get worse. Try not to let it bother you. Play your own game. Do what you can. Laugh at the tardastic gymnastics.
  18. Aion game files download

    Yup. I feel you there. In honor of the Cakemonster..
  19. Aion game files download

    Cake was paying for the space to keep those files herself. I believe she has stepped back from being unpaid Support.
  20. The lag is getting worse

    Did they really? Can't say I ever had that happen. What has changed that suddenly they want to load things on to your computer? 100% that is not cool.
  21. The lag is getting worse

    This is super weird. What programs exactly did they ask you to install? It would be interesting to find out. Thanks.
  22. Don't trust your shadow

  23. The great NC P2W divide

    It wasn't that pay2win when the game first went f2p in the US and EU. You have to understand, at that time and for several years after we went f2p, the game was still a sub game in Korea. That's why, for instance, a lot of skins we could buy at the shop were not sellable or tradeable. Those skins were actually rewards from events in Korea. They wanted players to actually play to get them since they were getting $$ the longer people played. That's why so many of the events were afk events. The Korean players were paying to stay online. It wasn't until the game went f2p in KOREA did we really kick our pay2win into high gear. That's when we finally saw what NCSoft would do with a game DESIGNED around a free to play model. And it stinks.
  24. The great NC P2W divide

    Damn you, Van! Poor little guy! + Both good posts and not really counter to one another. This (and all games) exist to make money. They are businesses, not charities. It's weird that that has to be pointed out so often. NCSoft exists to make money. As @Onggong-KT points out, developing and maintaining a game isn't cheap. And with a free-to-play model, the company has to entice the players to spend their money. Our model at Aion was one of the best ones I had seen.. up until Aion went f2p in Korea. Before that, we were playing a sub-game squeezed into a f2p model. Now we are playing what the Korean devs actually mean to be f2p. When that change happened, we suddenly started to see the boom in pay2win. And it's only gotten worse and worse. It's not going to change. And it's not going to get better. Unlike a company like Blizzard, which is pretty much run by gamers, NCWest is run by bean-counters. All they see is dollars and cents. The higher ups at Blizzard realize that if they do things like.. ban hackers.. gamers are more likely to stay, play and spend money. The higher ups at NCWest look at a whale getting banned for hacks and can only see the loss of that one player's money. What they don't see is that we see that the pay2win crowd is treated far differently than the casual spender or the totally free players. And though they may keep the whales, who are those people going to fight? Each other? As @Rapier-DN points out, the f2p crowd will just leave and even the casual spender will get sick of being beat to death by whales.