Game developers Jagex, well renowned for “The World’s Most Popular Free MMORPG”, Runescape, have received a lot of harsh appraisal in the past months due to an abundance of “reflection bots” ruining the MMO for free players and paying members alike. A reflection bot is a bot which does not modify the game code, whereas an injection bot does.
Jagex CEO Mark Gerhard, along with staff, have decided to listen to the community and do something about it. They named the day that Jagex managed to stop the bots from working “Bot Nuking Day”; of course, the effects are only temporary, as both Jagex and the community know that botters will get straight down to re-coding. The fix was likely made by modifying the cues for which the bots listen.
Bonus experience rewards in-game and such were tied into Bot Nuking Day as a show of respect and gratitude to the honest players and those who stayed despite the influx of bots. Jagex led this up until the day before Runefest, a two-day festival in London, to which thousands of fans travel from across the globe, enjoying the opportunity to partake in Q&A sessions, give feedback, and socialise.
Runefest also invites players to have a good time and get a sneak peak at what’s planned for the future of Runescape, not to mention the free beer. Jagex have stated before that they felt socialising was an intrinsic part of Runescape and bots ruined that, so that same idea carried through the weekend. A Halloween afterparty also took place and compared Runefesters’ costumes for prizes.
Runefest ran over the 29th and 30th of October, and you can find out more about the event on the Runefest website here. You can also find out more details about the recently released “Dominion Tower”, which Runefesters enjoyed the opportunity to try out before release and is now part of Runescape proper. Runescape is free-to-play and can be found here.