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Bots will definitely have a reduced effect in guild wars 2, most of the statements already made have contributed to this argument. In my opinion there will be bots but for unknown reasons.
Well I don't know exact things, but I do imagine the bots would need tons of programming to actually work at all. I mean think about it:
-for gathering stuff, they don't only need to kill stuff, because when they go to a zone they get tuned for the level of that zone they'd need to actually play ok, so they'd need to know to pull only a certain number of mobs, what abilities to cast and where to cast them (since some need to be targeted) and actually use abilities since otherwise there's no auto-attack
-they'd need to take into account major battles, since towns they might go to might be overrun, or certain npcs they would need to kill might not be there at all
-in PvP they'd also need to use their abilities, but here it's easier, since besides casting not sure if there's a kick system and how it works yet
-in events they get rewards based on participation, so if they just go in, spam 2 abilities they'll gain really really little
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Something I just stopped to think about, based on Arnorei's post above - and that is, because there's no mounts or flying involved in GW2 (yay!), bots will most definitely have a harder time in this game compared to (say) WoW.
In WoW, a bot can probably be quickly programmed to fly a certain route, and in most cases, most farming routes involve little to no combat, and, as pointed out, when they do, there is no retuning of levels, no different skills, and no dynamics in the zone that might affect it to a major degree.
In GW2 this is not the case, so, yes, I'd think actually making a bot in the first place will be significantly more difficult (though, not impossible, and it won't stop them doing it, it'll just make it harder, and potentially less worthwhile).
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A company can do everything possible to prevent/stop botting, but the botters will always be one step ahead. Companies can proactively work to try and prevent botting, but the sad fact is that most of what they can do is reactive as botters will ALWAYS find a way around the preventative measures : /
With the dynamic world, I just think it's going to be harder for those bots to exist in GW2.
Also, authenticator FTW
ON a side note, will there be authenticators available in GW2?
From this article:
Vasco is the company that makes the Digipass, also know as the Blizzard authenticator.After having discovered the NCsoft and ArenaNet logos at the Vasco booth (a company offering secure login services) I grabbed my chance to get some confirmation. Randy confirmed that they have ‘lined up’ with Vasco to explore the various security options they have to offer. If and what kind of security measures they will eventually implement though are not yet determined.
Vasco booth at Gamescom:
Last edited by Mif; 2012-01-15 at 07:15 AM.