Sunday, May 6th, 2007
Issue: 22   Editor: MsNyxxie

Tick, Tick, Tick, Ban! darkenedorb

This week we saw staff gain more flexibility in who and how they can ban, with the introduction of a fifteen minute warning by Sabin. If suspected of scripting, a staff member has the authority to Bootmail you and allow you fifteen minutes to reply; failure to do so will result in a permanent ban. However, a successful reply will provide evidence that you are indeed, not cheating. So what has caused such uproar throughout the Bootlegger’s community at this apparently innocent rule? Sabin, of course.

It is apparent as of late, that Sabin has become attentive, active and most importantly, present. The general consensus amongst the players who resent this new rule is its inflexibility. The mere fact that popping the toilet or receiving a phone call can result in a ban. Bootleggers never has and never will be a game that needs every ounce of your concentration. It is a text based online game, therefore enabling players to concentrate on other aspects of their lives. Bootleggers is a game that you play in school, while working, while watching TV or while on the Playstation; Bootleggers owes its popularity, in a sense, to its ability to allow players to multi-task. I am not arguing that this rule is going to be the downfall of Bootleggers, but that it defeats the ideology of Bootleggers. Scripters will inherit every program under the sun and it is the duty of the Administrators to fight against them. But this should never be at the disadvantage of the players! That is where the Administration of Bootleggers need to step up and produce a system where an innocent player can not be caught in the cross fire between administrators and cheaters.