If you can't spare 3 minutes of your life to read the following, just leave now.
With all of this glitching and farming going on, we should not be blaming the players. Players are expected to find and abuse bugs and exploits. I haven't played a single game where players don't end up glitching the sh*t out of it.
This blame needs to be directed at Rockstar. Lets face it, they f*cked up.
If Blizzard f*cked up this hard with World of Warcraft at the beginning, and players had infinite Gold and XP in the first few days, do you really think people wouldn't have pointed their fingers directly at Blizzard?
Rockstar should have had a Beta Test, it is that simple. Even if what we're playing now just had "BETA" labelled on the loading screens that would've been much better, with a proposed character wipe at the end.
Instead they wanted to keep everything "secret" and I understand that from a business perspective, this worked very well for them. I mean, c'mon a billion dollars in retail sales in 3 days. Yes it worked and they made a lot of money, but the lack of a Beta test essentially killed whatever GTA Online was meant to be in the first place and now we're just left with this glitch and exploit infested bullsh*t.
I am Level 158 with over $7m in-game currency.
I'm tired of people calling repeating missions farming, this is not farming, this is exploitation of a system that was clearly not designed to work this way. Look up the word Exploit in a dictionary before arguing this point. Especially after Rockstar patched the Replay button and we started pressing R2/RT. Even worse now with the Spectator glitch, is this still farming? No this is simply exploitation.
I have exploited from around Level 30-158, at least I admit it.
But the fact remains that this is not the players fault, and this is why Rockstar are not wiping the servers. Because it is THEIR fault and they know that. Without a beta test, expect exploits and issues. Expect a f*cking tonne. Look at any MMO or Online RPG. They do Beta Tests for this exact reason, to iron out all bugs, exploits and server issues. ALL of which GTA Online is currently killing itself with.
Even though I have progressed further than probably 99% of the online population, I actually agree with those that believe that a full server wipe is the way to go. Believe it or not, I really enjoy this game and I believe a full wipe would be best for the future of the game. For those who would quit simply because you lost your houses and cars, I would argue that you really don't enjoy playing this game. If you're ready to put it down just because you lost your in game possessions, then maybe you don't actually like the game itself and are most likely just playing because you're clinging onto your digital goods.
And please don't get me wrong, GTA Online is a fun game. I didn't play previous GTA games because I felt they just were not for me, but I really was suprised by how much I liked this game, but it feels more like a Beta test than a full release. There are way too many issues with it and only promise of fixes in the future. And when all the fixes have taken place, we're only going to be left with a broken economy at the end of it all, because at this point I highly doubt a character wipe is ever going to happen.
Hopefully Rockstar will learn in their next online experience, if they ever go there again.
Edited by Derity, 10 October 2013 - 04:35 PM.