Jul 042007
 

Kerri Knight writes,

Using the age-old client-side memory hack, or ‘teleport hack’, gold spammers have reached a new low (albeit a creative one). Using the exploit, they caused level 1 gnomes to rain from the sky in Ironforge near the bank and auction house (typically the most frequented area on a server). The bodies died upon impact and remained in the world, after a short time it became clear they were dropping in a such a way as to spell out the name of a gold-selling website. I’ve not been able to locate any news of the incident (its late, and tomorrow…err today, is a holiday). So I can only leave you with a Blue response to the issue on the CS forum for verification. (see link below)  May have been inspired by this amusing comic. Oh, and Happy Independence Day! :9


  42 Responses to “Gold farmers get creative about advertising”

  1. Best. Hack. Ever.

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  3. Life, the ratio and effectiveness of marketing communication is way better in WoW than in SL.” – Stupid quote of the morning, noticed in Are Marketers Dying on Second Life? So – marketing in WoW – how does that work then? Are we talking aboutgnome dropping?

  4. [Clickable Culture's Atom feed is intended for your personal, non-commercial use.] The skies of Azeroth rained gnomes today, but none survived the impact,according to a reader of Raph Koster’s blog. The gnomes left behind corpses arranged to spell out the name of a web site dealing in virtual gold sales–an effective means of advertising third-party services Blizzard (creator of the Azeroth setting) is firmly against, allegedly carried out using

  5. I’ve seen this sort of thing done before in other games – usually players putting out “Merry Xmas” messages and the like.

    One amusing thing about this is that it does rather put the lie to some RMTer’s claims that they “don’t hack or exploit games to make gold”. We all “knew” they did of course – but there’s the proof…………

  6. By that point they reached a level where it got so entertaining that it becomes an asset again.

  7. I want to take the opportunity to say that gold farmers are merely exploiting inefficiency in the design and business models of games that should know better.

  8. This is just too awesome for words.

    In DAOC the best we ever got was someone who used loot bags to create a huge picture of Homer Simpson on the side of a mountain.

  9. Our lesson for today: advertising can kill.

  10. [...] the latest frontier in gold spamming involves gnomes falling from the sky. I am really not making this up. I ask that any player that witnesses these to report them strait [...]

  11. Lawn Gnomes? It would be alot more humorous if it wasn’t a hack and not about RMT.

    (Remembers the 3 toads in UO named “Bud”, “wei”, and “ser”)

  12. ROFL! If I ever go back into Star Wars Galaxies, I’ll have to remember the toads.

  13. Is this what we call “user-created content”? hehe

  14. Okay, if it’s true, I take my hat off to those creative credit farming little buggers.

    Impressive.

  15. [...] has to get pretty tedious. *Brian Schulman – Associate Editor, GameWad.com   [source] [...]

  16. [...] skies of Azeroth rained gnomes today, but none survived the impact, according to a reader of Raph Koster’s blog. The gnomes left behind corpses arranged to spell out the name of a web site dealing in virtual [...]

  17. [...] forced to stick to the creative since their free advertising power was diminished. As Raph Koster reports, “using the age-old client-side memory hack,” farmers dropped Gnome bodies from the sky to spell [...]

  18. [...] raining gnomes! http://www.raphkoster.com/2007/07/04…t-advertising/ __________________ In OtherNews: Order OtherNews 2006 in paperback or download at [...]

  19. [...] forced to stick to the creative since their free advertising power was diminished. As Raph Koster reports, “using the age-old client-side memory hack,” farmers dropped Gnome bodies from the sky [...]

  20. [...] Gold sellers are getting creative, now that everyone has spam blocker addons, apparently. [...]

  21. [...] forced to stick to the creative since their free advertising power was diminished. As Raph Koster reports, “using the age-old client-side memory hack,” farmers dropped Gnome bodies from the sky [...]

  22. [...] forced to stick to the creative since their free advertising power was diminished. As Raph Koster reports, "using the age-old client-side memory hack," farmers dropped Gnome bodies from the sky [...]

  23. That’s actually the first fun thing about goldsellers.
    I usually don’t care about goldfarmers or sellers but atm they are really pissing everybody off in Vanguard. Receiving up to 15 tells per hour telling me to visit some dumb website and buy gold is just getting on everyone’s nerves. Even if I would ever buy gold I wouldn’t buy it from some *bleep* that keeps spamming me over and over.

  24. [...] Raph Koster] Share This Tags: haha, online, world of [...]

  25. [...] forced to stick to the creative since their free advertising power was diminished. As Raph Koster reports, “using the age-old client-side memory hack,” farmers dropped Gnome bodies from the sky to spell [...]

  26. Grrr, I’m really a bit miffed at all the sites sporting pictures of the whole website’s name spelled out. I think screenshots showing partially completed attempts that didn’t give out the address would have been a much more responsible decision. That would show the gist of what they were up to without furthering the very purposes of those responsible.

    Perhaps there’s a bit of social engineering in the method they employed, itself; or is this just an unintended bonus for them?

  27. [...] or Advertising with falling Gnomes in World of Warcraft Raph Koster notes a recent ploy by a gold farming firm to advertise in World of Warcraft by having a large [...]

  28. Oh yeah. This can give a site a lot of free advertising, so to speak. Save the many gnome lives that it cost.

    I’ve seen players complain on forums about specific gold selling websites’ various hijinks in-game. This complaining, of course, just provides also happens to provide free advertising to the gold sellers. The irony of it all. Part of me really believes that gold selling sites like this take that into account with their tactics. I would be quite surprised if they didn’t.

    … Still, this whole thing does make me chuckle. :-)

  29. It’s intended. There’s been mind games going on for a long time over RMT, as well as anything else you can think of about these games (PvP, cheating and hacks, bot programs….).

    Using humor to get people on your side is one of the oldest tactics, and practiced even by young children. It becomes, not a question of right and wrong, but who you like. And even if your opposition still disagrees with you, they often will soften their stance.

    This isn’t, like, deep stuff. It’s pretty normal. The thing is, you can’t take your eye off the ball, or you’ll lose sight of it.

  30. [...] Azeroth, one company has gone to extraordinary lengths to get some in-game publicity. Using what Kerri Knight calls "the age-old client-side memory hack", advertisers for Wowmine.com rained down a [...]

  31. [...] the past due to some advertising dollars that we were offered. So gold farmers have now resorted to creative methods of advertising such as using dead gnome bodies from a client-side hack to spell out domains where [...]

  32. [...] Gold Sellers and Gnomes I was browsing Raph Kosters site when I found this [...]

  33. [...] and I see nothing legitimate about the business at all.  They've even gone so far as to launch widescale attacks on World of Warcraft servers in an attempt to bypass the spam [...]

  34. [...] forced to stick to the creative since their free advertising power was diminished. As Raph Koster reports, “using the age-old client-side memory hack,” farmers dropped Gnome bodies from the sky to spell [...]

  35. Well, I understand individuals propogating the information. I’m a bit more concerned over ‘journalistic’ sites doing so. I specifically did not make any mention of the name when I wrote Raph, and I chose to write to Raph because I trusted him to have the integrity to keep it that way :9.

  36. [...] forced to stick to the creative since their free advertising power was diminished. As Raph Koster reports, “using the age-old client-side memory hack,” farmers dropped Gnome bodies from the sky to spell [...]

  37. [...] a gold selling company reinvented in-game advertisement and made a very creative advertising stunt. Raph Koster reported gnomes falling out of the sky spelling out the gold seller’s website. Watch this ad and [...]

  38. [...] their in-game advertising. Yesterday a site named wowmine.com figured out how to do just that, and they did it in spectacular fashion:Using the age-old client-side memory hack, or ‘teleport hack’, gold spammers have [...]

  39. [...] have to hand it to them for their creativity: via Raph via Kerri [...]

  40. [...] yet another recent spate of “Hey! Here’s a marketing idea…let’s spell out ‘cheap wow accounts‘ in gnome corpses for advertising!”, I got interested in spite [...]

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