I made a post on the RS rants forum titled '2001 vet, done buying members' - claiming that I was not going to renew membership next month because I was fed up with the botting problem. Moments after posting I noticed an old actively bumped topic by a user doing a reverse rant - complaining about people who rant about bots, assuring that Jagex was doing a good job and that people don't understand anything about it (his responses to replies were extremely aggressive and rude). Within minutes, he was posting in my thread claiming that I was not from 2001 (over and over), took personal attacks upon me, went into detail about how the company works, rudely explaining how I'm clueless to the subject, and just constant doubts. I instantly accused him of being either a shill poster or a cheater himself. After that, other users were making very similar posts to his (sometimes using the same terms). They looked at my profile and noticed that I had posted the comment in another thread, contacted a forum mod, and the mod hid my posts, locked the topic, and gave me a spam warning. Think about it for a second - if a player is pleased with the way cheating is being handled, would he have ANY reason to spend that much effort towards these actions?
I mean, seriously. Undercover Jagex employee? It's more believable than the 2012 doomsday garbage. Just think about it - I post a complaint about cheaters, people furiously try to silence me, sidetrack with other subjects, and get a mod to hide my content. It's getting obvious that Jagex isn't putting in full effort to the problem, it's worse than ever, and (I'm sure this has been said a thousand times) I get the feeling that they won't take proper action because bots are probably a large portion of their profits. MMG said that player numbers have been declining for years and never picked up - it only makes sense. I don't see what there isn't to understand. Player mods can easily devote a few moments of their time to report and mute advertisers yet they're still on every world (if I were a pmod, it would be the first thing I'd do), jmods can world hop (quickly) at botting hotspots to clean them up (I've watched Mod Mark ban bots on the spot in Classic, it's possible), and there's thousands of bot accounts with the most obvious display names. Think I'm wrong? I actually knew one of the very first player mods several years ago. One day, she secretly showed me a personal message she got from a jmod telling her certain players/rule-breakers that they didn't want her taking action against & they even told her to avoid reporting/muting people on RS Classic (this was back when Classic was still actively played). (I have a feeling people will blow that last part out of proportion, explaining Classic being a retired project and all. It's just the principal of the subject).
There's nothing to not understand about it - I've been watching this game for 11 years and I know for a fact that the proper effort is not even close to taking place. I've also never seen anyone make this point before: when they claimed bot nuke to be successful, they removed (like about?) 40 worlds or so. The bots returned, the worlds didn't... which makes things SIGNIFICANTLY worse than before (AND it saved Jagex money on servers!). I was obviously silenced for a reason and (like I said) I can see this thread either getting locked or people pretty much doing the same thing. I'm one of the oldest existing players in this entire game (inb4 sad, get a life, other rude comments - keep reading). I've been playing for this long because I have serious medical problems so I have nothing else to do with my time - but, next month, I'm converting to free worlds and refusing to purchase members again unless the problem is fixed.
I can't believe that the remaining community isn't having daily riots over the current conditions of things. Jagex has paid their employees to spend days... working on graphical updates... and outfits... when there's serious problems happening. I officially believe that they keep them around for profit and I've even seen people say that they believe Jagex themselves are the gold sellers. My personal prediction is that about half the game bots (probably way off) - that's thousands of dollars every month. I know it's not the easiest job in the world but if you haven't noticed the neglect by now, you're not paying attention, you're a cheater yourself, you're ignorant, or you're brown nosing for an account promotion. It's very shameful that there isn't constant outrages about what's going on and I wish I could convince you guys to stand up for your fantasy realm but I know I probably can't. Not every online game in the world is stable - I'm actually shocked RS has lasted this long. It might be a bad comparison since a sequel was made but, for example, did Halo 2 online servers last forever? Updates are becoming more and more controversial - if you care about RS, you'll wake up and demand your game back.
Edited by Da Dragon, 19 December 2012 - 06:36 PM.