something has got to be done on Classic.
WoE needs policing.
Autopot is everywhere.
Nodelay is rampant.
and there is packet spamming frenzy. It's kind of obvious when "certain people" come on screen and everyone starts to lag.
And of course everyone and their momma has a "maya purple"
(also wtf is up with all the +10 GR valk armors?)
The problem is this, yes, it's 2014.
But not everyone has access to these programs, that instantly makes it unfair. Also the sketchy policing of these items could also be a tool for GM corruption. I'm not saying there is any but it's not a nice thought.
There are some client edits that are competely benign and dont really affect much of anything / act as a bug fix. A good example of this is the no party popup chat hex. It makes it so that you can't have any 1:1 PM windows, for those of us who play support, this is a feature lost from renewal. This shouldn't be bannable, it should be official. Along with the no shake, fixed camera and zoom options. (zoom doesn't hurt the game, the draw range is fixed and does not increase).
Some are not so innocent, such as allowing one player to walk directly on top of another to make targetting hard. Changing individual players sprites to be larger than others, to take out key classes. That stuff is bs and should be struck down. Obviously that is extremely hard to prove tho.
Nodelay should be punished at least little and often. Thorough testing and observation is required to conclude if a player is using nodelay and it can be extremely hard to tell sometimes (see LKs vs Valk mant reflect vs nodelay). Removing that player for the WoEs they so care about a week, 2 weeks, would make people aware, they are being watched.
Nodelay is however, game breaking. Game changing. Game ruining. Nobody really would care if it was some lone LK hitting bathories or whatever, but this is pvp/mvp direct competition. It's bs.
And then there is autopot.
I polled my guild recently after a discussion of opinions on the different cheats in the game. Not because we want to use them, but because I wanted some ammo and statistics to throw around regarding players opinions.
Many people don't care if other players use autopot in PVM. It is a feature in other games that is for sure and with RO insisting on forcing long hours of grinding there is a health benefit to this.
For WoE opinion was a lot more divided. Death in RO, especially in WoE often comes from being forced to multitask. It relies on human error. Managing your health, your equipment, your targets, positioning movement. It's a lot to think about. This isn't about how fast you spam your potions, it is about reacting.
And autopot can be very hard to tell apart from an extremely attentive player. I get accused of autopotting alllllllllll the time when I'm not. Any skilled player or player who hides their hotkey bar in videos / has effects off gets accused of it. Not that people can see if you're pre-potting or over potting because of /effect or hidden hotkeys (I don't like to display my armor switches).
The things my guild replied to my poll with was that regardless of how anyone feels about autopot, it is a gamechanger. It allows focused attention on other things and removes the human error element of dying when you "forget to pot" (guilty btw, I forget to pot a lot of the time).
I asked them, should there be an official (Gravity/warpportal) autopot just based on making things fair, and the replies were split exactly 50/50.
It would change the game a lot. But for better or worse? This is a discussion I feel that one day will have to be had. Because it isn't going to "go away".