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Restrict the Usage of Host-Bots on battle.net

Discussion in 'Warcraft Discussion' started by mf-shroom, May 7, 2011.

  1. Miss_Foxy

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    I suppose the bots are okay, but players could balance it out with manual hosting as well. This way, the servers can get both genuine hosting as well as player made advanced kinds of hosting:)
     
  2. keaponlaffin

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    Bots are actually super important to alot of clans that play competitive games such as dota or warlocks. Let me tell you there is an enormous difference between the 250 ms ping you can get from hosting and the 20 ms ping you can get from a bot. Banning bots on bnet will destroy the entire scene for scores of popular maps. Most of these clans will never move on to Starcraft II because of the lack of bot support. Some of them, notably Dota and Warlocks have their own standalone games.
     
  3. mf-shroom

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    Thank you for understanding my point skycraft. I may have not made myself clear, but my main point is to prevent the blatant abuse of host-bots and restrict their usage.


    I must agree that some bots are necessary, especially on TFT, but on RoC I see no reason to spam bot hosted games that no one will ever join. I miss the days where you can just go on b.net and see your favorite games hosted by well known players. I miss the days where you just could just lol at brazilians for their 200 ms hosting. I miss the days where RoC was bot-free. On frozen throne, the bots are a necessary evil, they are required to host the ever popular DotA and etc. But now, I am sad to say that RoC has Metamorphosed into what TFT has been but without the playerbase. This creates a massive spam of empty bot games that stay empty for hours on end. Please, I only want to "restrict" the usage of host bots, not ban them outright, sign the petition for a better warcraft III today.
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    Many of these games shown in this image are empty and will remain empty for hours on end, spamming the game room to oblivion and putting off many long standing RoC players.
     
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  4. Dr Super Good

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    Yeh. The problem is every loser thinks he is the new super cool duded for having a bot hosting a game 24/7. Additionally some commercial companies sell out bots to players (or scam the players of their money probably) so have them idle there to advertise.

    I would prefer some form of bot network whereby you can request a game be hosted and it finds the next available bot to do it. If the game sits empty (no one stays for 10 minutes) it should be unhosted.
     
  5. what_a_lucker

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    Maybe the problem isn't just the bots, but personally, I feel that the people who host games that don't work/never start should be restricted(not banned), just like get their game closed like maybe after several hours of not starting. Some players/bots like to just make a game and afk, some try to advertise and others seem to just host them for no reason and spam the game lobby.
     
  6. Timmy.

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    I would say that when mapmakers host their maps manually they are able to better interact with the community and gain insight on what they want. Being there in person makes it look like you really care about what they think and not just you. I know this as a fact from my experiences making maps on RoC.
     
  7. what_a_lucker

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    I feel if people really wanted to share their maps, they could like upload it to epicwar and ask players to email them. This host and afk, or spam with bots should be fixed.
     
  8. HolyFireX

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    Well, why not remove bots that are inactive for over a certain time period? Or, prevent them from hosting multiple games. One way or the other everything has it's pros and cons. We just need to balance them.

    Host bots are not wrong or illegal. People who use them wrongly aka abuse are at fault.
     
  9. mf-shroom

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    I must agree, a developer should always interact with his/her community, taking into serious consideration their opinions. This leads to a better map/game in general.
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    The abuse of bots should be stopped, if the only way to do this is to ban them outright, then so be it. There is no replacement for personally hosting a map, and asking the players what can be improved or changed. The advent of bot hosting has suppressed countless up and coming maps, smothering them with countless duplicates of the same game and advertisements. Take a stand against the evil that is the hostbot, take a stand for the mapmakers, take a stand for yourself.

    I would ask that all of you spread this petition around to your Warcraft III playing friends and see what they say about this.
     
  10. BlackArmsShadow

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    I didn't buy this game again to put up with this BS!

    The bots were okay when it was just DoTA, but this is out of hand!

    I know Blizzard has moved on to administrating newer games but they should intervene and do something about this. Please, anyone who is fed up and is reading this topic speak up.
     
  11. Steel_Stallion

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    Game is 8 years old mate, it's way too late in the day to be making demands for amends.


    Yeah, the bot hosting is pretty much killing Wc3's custom list, but it wasn't like it would have flourished otherwise. It's all about MMH these days. I don't even check the actual game list anymore, I just check MMH's queue because I know it's real people hosting.
     
  12. Miss_Foxy

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    Who knows, Blizzard could be working on one of those secret patches for all we know of.