Monday, 2 September 2013

Cloning.. Thoughts?

This last week has been a little crazy for me. Stressing with having exams and insomnia, i noticed i had some pm's asking me about pitching in with some money to buy them after a few messages back and forth it was clear it was once a script i had helped modify into a more user friendly format, this made me a bit mad, so i said no i wont help pay for a script i helped do over, so il host it instead, so that others dont get swindled into buying. So i hosted the script and the other one that goes with it (Clone & Vault) and wrote my rant piece.

I was astounded !!!! at the number of pm's i received in the first day, whether people were asking how to use them, people telling me they didnt work, people saying remove them im wrecking the game and others plainly stating that they had purchased the script for alot of money ranging from $50 all the way thru to $5000 (most people purchasing price of the script was $3500). Jen (MWLL) asked me if she could write an article on it onwhich i agreed, i also told her i would take full responsibility for the hat0rs.

The biggest joke in all of this that i have found is Zyngas lax attitude towards fixing this bug/exploit, i was reminded of how fast the QA team use to be when i worked with them. I gave this bug 48hrs max till it was patched, because 3 lines of code isnt too hard to implement right? But yet here we are over a week later with this exploit that has plagued the game for 3-4years in various forms.

If Zynga rolls accounts back a week it will be one of the worst things they could do. I could clone 5000 items a minute, if i ran this on two accounts that would be 10,000 items a minute, so now imagine 1 person running this on an average of 10 mini accounts even with a little lag and slower response time they are still churning out thousands of items every few minutes, it doesnt matter if facebook bans an account, to get another account up and running takes only aslong as the sign up process for another email/fb account. I had this script at the end of last year and i took it down in feb this year, its been up before then and after then. I know players with more boosts and horse sets than they will ever need. Zynga could do there old server query that would delete excess boosts over 1000 and maybe ban accounts, but we all know that Zynga only ever do 25% of the playerbase so the 75% of players wont be affected and they usually miss the ones that have been doing it for the last few years and sell items online, they also kind of cant risk banning more players esp since they have not many left.

This all makes me wonder about how bad exactly is this games health if players feel they cant survive without needing unlimited energy boosts and or past kami xp. Is the design of the game set to crash and burn? Zynga could offer sales on boosts but that would only cover peoples shortfalls. i did further analysis on this...

Players only really want the 2x loot boosts to get 501 of the best loot from a new district faster than other players, but once there...
Players dont care about farmimg excess loot because they cant gift it to help others in their mafia out.
Robbing boosts are great because of the bullshit robbing formula Z implemented when it brought back the overhauled robbing. Yes i was a fan of the old style and formula (wheres my donut girl!!)
Thanks TMD for the pic

Fight boosts arent that useful because they only offer a mere ~175points more in skills and this is hardly effective
Players feel the need to be able to constantly serial, they can deny it, but a discussion with some very die hard fighters that were anti energy, never relised that there method of been leveled by using the NY boosts and been kami'd made them on par with the energy accounts by continuously been able to level themselves.

I feel if Z could see that the items that have been cloned this last week they would be able to see that the game is still very much players looking after each other. People cloning collection items and loot items that are giftable, even NY consumables to pass onto other mafia to help them out (which shows NEW players!?) was really nice and i am pleased that the groups that focus on this sort of thing have been able to have a boost in the number of items they have been able to pass on to others. To me it shows that players helping out players is still number 1 in the game despite Zyngas many attempts to abolish it.