Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Recent zBotting Activity

As an author of a script that performs automatic activity within the game, (Drone.〤) I find it sad that Zynga have banned two accounts with the only real thing in common is their high level

Yash Lawrence, level 38,686

Dean Anders, level 71,196.

Zynga have mentioned before (and just the other day) that "The use of bots or scripts (pieces of software code that allow you to automatically play the game) are strictly prohibited as per Zynga’s Term of Service. Such bots/scripts hinder the fair play of the game, create excessive load on our servers, and can introduce errors into the game. Such use of bots and scripts are grounds for refusal of customer service request and could lead to account suspension."

I agree with some of that, as some fight scripts can be quite nasty and have yet always been seemingly allowed, however for people that just want to serial level and use scripts such as "repeatjob by spockholm" which tends to have little botting in it, as all it does is repeat one job over and over or "robber bg by spockholm" which just robs over and over, both have hardcoded speed limiter in place which dont overload Zynga servers, both also are good for burning both HUGE or small energy & stamina amounts. Other scripts include variations of the above or go completely different, ie OGP (Which is currently kept uptodate by Simony) which gives the extact same thing but combines both those mentioned scripts into one and will switch between the both of them. Theres also my Drone.〤 & MWAP/RX6, all have hard coded speed options in them so that you cannot "create excessive load on Zynga servers".

The scripts all mirror ingame activity otherwise they dont work as intended, i cant code a wrong link into Drone and expect it to work properly, so i fail to see how we can rewrite Zyngas' servers to "introduce errors into the game"
and im sure everyone remembers the last Zynga statement on them blamming scripts when they introduced the "Change in the Collection of Energy and Stamina Stats from Properties" and then blammed users on running scripts that stopped them from getting a more in energy/stamina countdown timer. (fixed that bug yet Zygna? lol) Which made one user go out of their way to replicate the issue using only Zyngas poor coding, and making sure they used no scripts of which they also got the error.

Facebook reports that there are 350,000 daily players of Mafia wars left, Spockholm Mafia Tools has 284,533 fans. which sure means they have a huge fanbase, however im sure not all fans are active in the game anymore, for example how many alts have people gone in and clicked like with and then abandoned the accounts ;) but still it is a huge number and when it represents a large percentage of the player base it sure means that scripts are here and well used. i only have 1397 of "likes" but yet i have had 185,531 Unique users of my one script Drone.〤, which is just over half of the fb reported users. (My figures come from Google Analytics, that one started from 0 with the series 3 release which was only back in June)

According to MafiaTornado there are 16 players above level 35,000 (not entirely sure if record is extact) 2 of which are now known banned accounts (above). Is Zynga going to go thru and ban them all? I'm sure they won't as one of their big spenders is on the list "[RYfG] =§W€D€="

Zynga threatening to refuse CS if bots are detected, how do they know your using a bot? Everything a bot can do, a human can do aswell. Same patterns, click style, the works.

Due to the lack of response by Zynga a group has been set up to support Dean Anders & Yash Lawrence called ZYNGA, GIVE DEAN ANDERS AND YASH LAWRENCE THEIR ACCOUNTS BACK  which are planning Boycotts & VIP cancelling. Numbers started off small but with a quick refresh the group has doubled in size and is still growing, Some are saying they will straight out quit MW to show their support, with one person even saying they would quit the current PAC.

Alot of users happily admit to script usage as its the accepted thing these days. 

To echo MWLL's words "It’s been fun for the community to watch his progress as Dean has kept everyone up to date on where he was. Dean has been a part of the community and in the Mafia Wars Gods (MWG) for years. He helps other players and has worked hard to get his account to the level it is. "

So Zynga Give Dean Anders & Yash Lawrence their accounts back!