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Role Playing (Games) The Almighty Buck

Crackers Slam EQ2 Economy 31 is reporting that third parties are manipulating the currency in EQ2, leading to massive inflation on the Station Exchange. From the article: "The players then began trying to sell the ill-gotten plat on Station Exchange, the official auction exchange for EQ2 weapons, armor, currency, and other virtual goods. 'The amount of money in the game increased by a fifth in about 24 hours,' Kramer said. 'We have a lot of alarms for this kind of thing, and they all went off on Saturday.'" Thanks to some exhaustive data tracking, most of the duped currency was removed from the economy by Sunday.
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Crackers Slam EQ2 Economy

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  • Well Done (Score:2, Insightful)

    by MBraynard ( 653724 ) on Tuesday August 16, 2005 @03:41PM (#13332723) Journal
    It's nice to see SOE has gotten their act together. A lot of other MMORPGs have been nearly destroyed by this kind of crap with devs oblivious to the problem. It's kind of like having an active "Total Information Awareness" within an MMORPG.

    Maybe because SOE gets some of the take on the exchange was motivating, but still, it's nice to know that they have the tools to prevent this [] from happening again.

  • by vmardian ( 321592 ) on Tuesday August 16, 2005 @03:44PM (#13332756) Homepage
    'We caught the dupe fast, worked overtime to fix it, proved that our alerts worked, and got this here nice advertisement on Gamespot.'

    This article seems like one big advertisement for EQ2 and Sony Exchange. Since when is it Sony's policy to disclose every little dupe in their games?
  • Re:Well Done (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Goobermunch ( 771199 ) on Tuesday August 16, 2005 @03:54PM (#13332882)
    Well, first off, SOE has no tools for preventing THAT from happening again. If they did, I'd bet Blizzard would be quite surprised.

    Second, Blizzard's official line is that THAT never happened. It was a hoax. I can't say whether it did or not, but I can say I'm not any richer than I was before the duping exploit was "found."


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