In an attempt to curb cheating in Diablo 3 before it becomes rampant, Blizzard has issued a warning to all of you thinking of using hacks, bots, etc.
In a post today, Blizzard emphasized that they take cheating of any form in Blizzard games "very seriously".
"If a Diablo III player is found to be cheating or using hacks, bots, or modifications in any form, then as outlined in the Diablo III end user license agreement, that player can be permanently banned from the game," Blizzard warned. "This means that the player will be permanently unable to log in to Battle.net® to play Diablo III with his or her account."
For those of you hoping to find a way around this, Blizzard clearly outlined what constitutes as cheating.
"Playing Diablo 3 legitimately means playing with an unaltered game client. Doing otherwise violates our policies for Battle.net and Diablo III, and it goes against the spirit of fair play that all of our games are based on."
"We strongly recommend that you avoid using any hacks, cheats, bots, or exploits. Suspensions and bans of players that have used or start using cheats and hacks will begin in the near future."
I think we can all agree that cheating in any form ruins the gameplay experience. Diablo 2 was a great game ruined by hacks and duping.
Diablo 3 was supposed to counter cheaters with its controversial DRM that required constant internet connection to play. In light of the recent videos released that show duping is possible in Diablo 3, I think it's safe to say it has failed. Blizzard likely issued this response to prevent anyone possibly thinking of performing this action, or other variations, from actually doing so.