Tibia Under Attack
Some days ago I was calmly browsing the Tibia Forums and I found the distasteful surprise of a thread inviting to “help” CipSoft fight the kicks, lags and DDoS attacks, by applying the “brilliant” strategy of not buying premmy.
I call it brilliant because, if you haven’t noticed yet, I am being sarcastic.
I know, sometimes I can't connect either... but please, read on...
When we are consumers of a product, we only see our part, our interest in the product arriving to our hands in excellent condition, be it a can of powdered milk, a car, or an online game. But for this to happen, there are certain conditions that must be met, that are more or less what we could consider like the birth process of the product. In the case of material objects there is not as much trouble (although there are many) because they have a defined birth time: I make the car, I sell it to you, and maybe I give you 1 year of warranty, and that’s it. The car will not turn into a bus by itself, nor will you attempt to attach things to it so it drives itself and runs over a bunch of people, because of your inexperience or lack of consideration towards the people walking on the street. The car is the finished product when I deliver it to you. In the case of a powdered milk can this is even more evident because if you didn’t get sick in a week (or a month?) it means that the can was in good condition.
An online game is different. The consumers of online games, and in particular Tibia, have always demanded updates on content, quests, items, and these updates are what keep the game alive, they are what gives these “new things” to explore, to do. Besides that, it is obvious that the population of online games, this is, the people who plays them actively, has a tendency to grow with time, even when the numbers of people connected at the same time might fluctuate. And this is where I want to stop.
A long running game, Tibia creates everlasting friendships...
First and foremost, and unless you just created your account, you should know that Tibia is an atypical game. In Tibia you will not find 3D graphics or a huge merchandising machinery that always broadcasts advertising on TV, every day and every hour. Tibia is a game, if you want to say it like this, handmade. If, like I do, you have years playing this game or getting involved somehow with its community, you know it’s difficult not to develop feelings of belonging in the game, of feeling it like a second home. In my own case, every time I log in and do anything in Tibia, I feel that nostalgia that only the previously known things can give, something that can help me relax while doing it. But Tibia has grown up, and it’s not only us “old school” players who log in to the game. Many came later, with different interests; and many of these interests turned out to be selfish. The rise in the usage of bots is not only a consequence of mistaken policies from CipSoft, but also from mistaken attitudes from some players, that preferred personal gain from any kind, rather than having fun with the handmade game Tibia is, in the way it was designed to be played, in the way that for me and many others, the game was absolutely perfect.
The game changed so much that for some “old school” players it was impossible to deal with selfish people on a daily basis, and they started to look for other alternatives. This produced a drastic change in the community in which selfishness prevails. This selfishness makes it possible to see comments like the one from that player, that I cannot quote because I forgot his name, although it will be difficult to forget what he said. Does he really think it’s a good idea to economically suffocate a game that is under attack? Would this person think that it would be something productive for Tibia’s wellbeing? Of course, people is free to buy or not to buy Premium, but openly calling to stop doing it, just because there are inconveniences not caused by CipSoft is horrid, selfish, and sickening.
Every online service can be attacked. Tibia is no exception.
This brings me to my second point. Why is Tibia under attack? Well, the short answer would be simply “because it exists”. Thousands of online services are attacked daily, with much or little reason, from many sources. Even sites from governments as powerful as the United States, or companies as big as Sony, have been attacked, in ways much worse than those Tibia has had to face. It is a reality of our interconnected world because, we are human, and humans can create marvelous things like pixelated games, or dismal, like attacks on those games. However, we shouldn’t get our sight off that part of the community that has continuously been the source of damage to Tibia, that part of the community that is so selfish and lacking of purpose that doesn’t even get bothered while its members let a software level for them, just so they can oppress people later, even if they only want to play for fun.
They are the same, they are the same who attack to get personal gain, to, perhaps, like I said on a post on the forums, take advantage of CipSoft’s good will when they compensate their players with vouchers; and do business with them. They are the same who have driven Tibia to change so much, and it is unfair towards the company who was able to create a game that gave us friendships, hours or months of entertainment, and a community where to feel we belong to, but more importantly, it is unfair towards us, towards those of us who still keep that nostalgic feeling and the feeling we belong here. It is unfair wanting to punish a game because of being attacked, not keeping in mind that these attacks are sadly an intrinsic part of the Internet, and not having into account that Cipsoft is doing everything in their humane and corporate power to mitigate the noxious effects of the attacks.
I saw this today, as I was writing this article. They are working on it...
It is unavoidable for these kind of attacks to exist, and it is unavoidable to suffer from them in this moment, or perhaps getting angry when a kick takes 3 levels away from us. But it would be even sadder if a deliberate boycott action, like the one some selfish players want to instigate, leaves us with no levels to lose.
Until next time.
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