Sure, the technique was not intentionally designed. That makes it either emergent gameplay or an exploit. The difference between emergent gameplay and exploit is literally Funcom’s word. If Funcom calls it an exploit, it’s an exploit.
So far, what I’ve seen is a confirmation that stacking fences in depth is an exploit, not that placing them close together is.
No, it’s not the players’ fault that those things are possible, it’s their fault for choosing to abuse them. It’s as simple as that.
It’s possible to wound or kill someone with a kitchen knife, but it’s your choice to do it and nobody will buy the argument that it’s not your fault, not for one second.
Again, I’m not about to agree that we should give up the ability to use advanced building techniques just because other people abuse them. Nobody’s forcing anyone to abuse the game mechanics, it’s choice. If you choose to abuse the mechanics, you get banned for it.
No, it’s not. I mean, I get it, it’s clever to say that, because I didn’t explicitly write “one group of players” every time I wrote that phrase, but it’s the Tyler Durden kind of “clever”
Do we? Because from where I stand, it looks like Funcom’s stance is that if you stack fence foundations as a defensive technique on a PVP server, it doesn’t matter how much you do it, you’re breaking the rules.
The argument that I’ve been making is that eliminating the building technique that allows you to stack fence foundations will also eliminate the possibility of placing certain things in proximity to each other for decorative purposes in a PVE build. In other words, it would eliminate the use of that technique that doesn’t break the rules, in order to prevent people from choosing to abuse that technique.
Now, should Funcom communicate better about these things? Yep. Should they include more information and transparency in their bans? Yep.
Should they get rid of advanced building techniques that some people abuse by choice? Hell no.
I sincerely doubt that. Given the way PVP players specifically keep coming to complain about bans – and given how often it turns out that they were stacking foundations – I’m more inclined to believe that if 2 people use the fence trick, both will get banned.
Sure, and one way to stop having problems with varicose veins in your legs is to amputate them. Doesn’t mean that’s the solution we should be asking for.