This is in regards to the dark side of games. And this is a message to all game developers to make sure you think about this when it comes to others. (And this is in regards to all MMORPGS (not just MapleStory).)
Some of us out there actually have other important things to do in life, but we still need to get these games done quickly (and at the same time).
is a legitimate reason on why we need to use cheats on games. Say EG, it's moving day. So I won't be able to play my wifi-tethered game, (game name), until I get my new modem and router installed at my new house by midnight. Another example is the place I'm currently at has no free wifi source/hot spot. So with a cheat tool, I can get this game done first and now and worry about it later (like as in "Shoot first and ask questions later."). But with newer recent games that are server sided, they actually need an internet connection in order to play them
I'm actually starting to hate games like this that actually force you to go the distance/waste your time (and real money) just to get them completed!
Because there are these things they host called Limited Time Quests
(LTQs) that offer you a special prize
if you complete this quest within a certain time limit
. Worse case scenario here is that an LTQ pops up minutes before/after an appointment (dentist, doctor, job interview, meeting, etc)
begins! By the time I get started on clearing the LTQ, it might already be too late and there's not enough time left to complete it
(say EG, I'm currently a level 2 character). Then I might have to spend real life money
on it just to complete the LTQ. And recently, I got caught by mom for using food money on things other than food (in this case, Karma Koins for NX, and iTunes Gift Cards for other game in-game currency (over $600CAD for the Karma Koins and over $2000CAD for the iTunes gift cards to get in-game currency in Online Server-Tethered Games for my iPhone 6s+)). Have you ever heard the phrase "Time is Money"
? Yeah, this is where it's literally
a race against time
to beat the clock
. I literally had to bring breakfast, lunch, and dinner to my computer desk: any food that's microwavable.
And like before, negative factors inside/outside the game can slow your progress down
. Such as a power outage (due to maintenance on the apartment generator/or a lightening storm blows out a transformer), the modem/router (unexpectedly) goes on the fritz, and anything else along those lines!
If your intention here is to delay our time on playing these games even longer (EG, In MapleStory, you decrease the amount of EXP we can get from monsters that we kill at our favourite EXP/Meso/Drop farm sites and rigging the profession gauge (for Alchemy, Smithing, and Accessory Crafting) to drop a certain amount every time we don't craft something after a certain period of time. In Payday 2, you reduce the amount of EXP we get from a stealth job we complete in addition to it's stealth exp bonus. In Zombie Gunship Survival, upon completion of a level (regardless of difficulty), you drop the amount of supplies and metal we can earn to a quarter of what we can usually earn.), than that's being cruel!
This tells me your trying to siphon time out of me and/or money out of my pocket! I don't care about the game's ranking system, and I don't care about these rules to follow! I may not be a hacker/cheater (yet), but all that matters to me now is that I get these games cleared (and cleared quickly (without spending another penny on nothingness))
. Plus, take this Payday 2 mod for example: https://modworkshop.net/mydownloads.php?action=view_down&did=14774
It's basically the equivalent of MapleStory's GM account's GM commands or Team Fortress 2's Chat Commands. So it's pointless at this point to put up rules about cheating. Worse still, more and more of these server-tethered games are popping up like weeds
! How are we gonna continue playing these games if they were to discontinue or be removed from the App Store one day
? Did the developers ever think about that part?
What makes MapleStory worse is that it's rigged so that when you die after losing all health, you lose experience in the process
! This is especially troublesome when your over level 200
, because if you go AFK in a monster map
(due to the safe town being too far away to run to and (in a worse case scenario) your short of mana potions to use your teleport skills) thinking this platform/ladder/rope is safe to stand/hang on and you had to go to the bathroom
due to an upset stomach
or had to help mom cook dinner
, a monster (especially a flying monster
) comes out of nowhere and kills you. And unfortunately, we don't always learn from our mistakes or near-misses
. Sure, your character ghost animation may look cute
, but this is actually a serious matter
! Because I already lost a ton of EXP from participating in the boss summon events just to meet the GMs
With these types of games, LocalIAPStore and all those Jailbreak tweaks (for the iOS) are useless against these types of games!
Wrap your head around this for a minute. Your a kid/teen with elementary/high school or an adult with a full time/part time job; your gone outta the house for almost the whole day. You've got 9 or more favourite character classes
and they all have daily quests
. By the time you get back, it's almost 4pm or 6pm! You might not have enough time left to clear all the quests on every character before the game server's clock hits a certain time!
In this case, MapleStory's quest reset time is 12m (midnight). And sometimes, I stayed up to almost 7am in the mourning just to get 500m mesos and exp during 2x EXP/Drop events that take place 12m-4am (I had to use the time after the event to DL stuff for my pc) without cheating/botting.
Of all the games I like playing out there, these are the games that are the biggest rose bushes I've ever had to tread through
(besides MapleStory). Because these online server games actually eat away at my precious time that I could be using for other things (like brainstorming ideas for my animation projects) instead
. The catch here is that if I even cheat on these types of games just once, I might be banned from ever playing on them again
. Not by my parents, but by the game's moderators. Yet these games have my favourite themes that draw me into playing them
. Plus, I actually failed my Excavator Training on Week 5 and lost $20KCAD due to the WiFi not working for my hotel suite and due to the server-tethered games Crime City and Modern War
! No WiFi/internet connection=no playing on these types of games. And if I don't contribute to these games' guilds, the guild members kick me out
. Yes, I actually got kicked out of some guilds in the past for either playing these games blind or not meeting their requirements
. I couldn't afford to be kicked out of a guild again, so I took advantage of the training school's wifi as it was still working. Yes, I was playing MapleStory blind since I first began playing it.
And yes, I actually failed 2 or more biology tests back in high school due to an LTQ MapleStory was hosting that was about expire in 6 hours by the time I got home. This LTQ was giving out a special Ring item that has way better stats than any other Ring in MS.
So yeah, Now
do you really think it's worth it to go the distance to get these games done fair and square
or is it better to shoot first and ask questions later
to get this special event-exclusive item (knowing it will help you kill tougher enemies and bosses) because of the following reasons (and all these reasons will tie in with the LTQ that your this close
to completing, but it's about to expire in a few hours or minutes
(depending on the situation)):
A: Your on the edge of failing High School because you failed half the math exams in the school year and you need to study hard to pass this final math exam to barely pass High School
B: Your appointment to see your doctor to check why you have a never-disappearing rash on your thumb is gonna take place on the last day this LTQ will stay active
C: Your driving home from work and construction blocks certain roads on your way home. Worse here is that your car unexpectedly breaks down and you have to do repairs to it (as your job here is a mechanic (and no maplestory puns intended there)). Plus, the hard day's work is beating down on you and you just wanna take a nap to ease the pain.
Your mother is dying in the hospital and you wanna see her one last time before she passes on (thereby forcing you to forfeit this last quest you need to clear to complete the LTQ to earn this prize)
or E: All of the above (and anything else I might have missed along those lines)?
Plus, as humans, all of these things are totally out of our control
! We can't control when our tire will blow out due to a sharp object buried in the dirt road. We can't control when our modem (unexpectedly) shuts down on us (especially in a critical situation), such as downloading our Word Document from our cloud server to a USB stick. And many other things like this!
In a worse case, your homework assignment is so hard to understand that by the time you can finish your homework, it will be 3 hours later. Plus, this LTQ is scripted to expire in a few hours and that prize you came so far for is about to turn to dust due to all these events inside and outside the game that kept slowing you down.
Cheats on video games won't hurt the game at all. After all,
video games are just video games.
PS, here's a little scoop into why I had to chance the star enhancement of my Ghost Ship Exorcist badge even though I knew it was going to be destroyed. Sales in the Free Market were very slow (for me at least).
You see, when I first explored the Free Market, I noticed there were Tyrant Gear enhanced to 15 stars and being sold for 9.9 billion mesos. Soon, I came across an interesting item: a Terminus Raider with unique potential of Attack +XX%; sold by IGN siCky911 for 3.9 billion mesos. I managed to talk the offer down to 2.5 billion and I got it off of him. Soon after, this gave me an idea: If I buy a clean equipment from another person and enhance it with whatever stats the equip's class uses (EG, Terminus Chopper for Warrior uses Strength, Terminus Bolter for Wild Hunter (Bowman) uses Dexterity, Terminus Sceptre used by Beast Tamer (Magician) uses Intelligence, and Terminus Orchestrator used by Phantom (Thief) uses Luck), then star force it, and sell it at a bigger price, I'll make more mesos. Because since I did most of the upgrades and enhancements
(up to 12 stars), I feel like I deserve more mesos in return
. I was just hoping an unsuspecting customer would take the bait. But this hardly worked (and I suspect this is Nexon's handy work), because monsters were dropping less mesos than before from the older versions of the game. So it took more time to farm the mesos needed to get this item from me. So, with so little mesos in hand, I decided to chance it without the extra meso protection checkbox (as I was lucky to get some Chaos Root Abyss gear to 15 stars with no problems as well as the Zero sword to 15 stars). But, soon enough, the badge got destroyed. However, it did leave the badge trace behind.
Also, it was fun and games at first
to grind for mesos and EXP during 2X events. But as time went on, I began to get bored of farming stuff by myself. I wanted to call a friend in to play on my character for me so I can do other stuff (like catching up on my animation projects) for once
, but sadly I had no friends in real life
. Eventually, my meso farming business just ground to a halt like a car just ran out of gas.
And there you have it, now you know why I'm in this pickle.