Thursday, December 30, 2010

Don't buy isk from!!

In a slight change, I'm doing a favor for a friend. For those of you who don't know, EVE Online is an MMORPG, or Massively Multiplayer Online Role Play Game. I still haven't figured out why they call it a role play game, all you really do is fly around in space ships, shoot up everything, mine asteroids and build stuff. There's very little role playing that I can see. But there it is. is one of those websites that sell game money for real money. Most of the online game companies frown on the practice, even though they do it themselves. I guess they don't like the competition. Anyway, this friend of mine, has been playing EVE almost as long as I have. And like most of us in EVE, they have a real life too. Something that just interferes with their fun time, so much, they can't spend as much time making "isk" (this is what the money is called in EVE) as some of the players do. Mind you, some of the "players" are employees of some of the money trading sites. All they do is mine asteroids or ice fields which is processed and sold in the game for "isk." They do this either by macros, or what is more common now, people just sit and run the character to do this all day long. They then sell this game money to people for real money. Usually cheaper than what they could get the game money for if they did it through CCP.

Now, I'm not gonna go into great detail here. If you're interested in EVE, you'll find out via EVE's forums, and other methods as well. In any event, my friend has used this "illegal" service to get isk to buy stuff with. He finally got caught. Now, thanks to some stupid isk seller who used a hacked account to transfer the funds, my friend's bank account in EVE is negative over 9 billion isk. Needless to say, this will take a long time for him to fix. But, he's also out the money he spent to get that isk, and the company that sold it, isn't giving it back.

The kicker, if they hadn't used a hacked account, my friend would not be in the position he's in. Then again, if he hadn't been so weak, as to buy the stuff in the first place, he'd still not be in the position he's in. Anyway, if you look at the link to the title of this post, it will take you to THSale's faq. If you go to the bottom of that faq, you will find the following statement.

Will my account get banned if I buy from thsale?
Quite simply - no. We have never been informed of any account bannings of thsale customers due to their dealings with thsale. We are a reputable company that does not engage in cheating, exploiting or phishing. Dealing with other companies who obtain currencies and virtual commodities through these illegitimate means may result in your account being banned, but we can assure you awe are not one of those. We are proud of our company’s reputation and we will continue offering a safe, quality service to our customers, whilst combatting scammers and fraudsters in MMORPGs.
"We are a reputable company that does not engage in cheating, exploiting or phishing." Really? My friend has proof that says otherwise. But I guess that's to be expected.

Take this as an example. Do not engage in Real Money Trading, in ANY game. Sooner or later, it will turn around and bite you in the ass.

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