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Asheron's Call was my first MMO. However, only a few, very small tiny fraction, of players didn't bot (not just macroing, but actual botting). I can probably count them on both hands.
Pretty much the entire playerbase bots. New MMOs ban this (except for Darkfall), as they should. It forces everyone to "cheat" to keep up, and...why even play if all your doing is botting the whole time?
I guess you will argue "so we can get to max level over night"...then I say...Turbine (or any other company) then might as well make everyone max level. Then there is no reason to cheat. Seems stupid to have everyone level, if they are just gonna cheat to max level overnight.
I would love to play AC or some other old MMO, if there wasn't so many damn botters and cheaters.
Old MMOs seem to have this problem far more. UO this was a huge problem, dunno if it still is...AC has the most cheaters I've ever seen in an MMO, even more than UO ever was. I know SWG had tons of botters and cheaters. I remember seeing huge groups of players botting near and around cities.
What is it with these old MMOs where everyone cheats? New MMOs no one does, and the few that do are usually banned rather quickly. Old MMOs the developer doesn't do anything. And old MMOs there seems to be far more cheaters anyway, than what new MMOs have.