It is unfortunate for my first post about the game I’m currently spending excessive amount of playing to be of this kind. Phantasy Star Online 2, the newest addition to the venerable J-RPG franchise has recently (and prematurely, in may ways) ended its open beta and went live. I started playing it towards end of open beta, and I wasn’t impressed to see GameGuard is deployed in this game. It’s a public knowledge that games use crappy third-party solutions like GameGuard and HackShield have little to no built-in protection will be hacked mercilessly by those who can bypass the add-on software.
According to Sega’s official post, this hacking incident seemed to have originated in Ship 02, the server I am in. The hackers found a way to relocate NPC to coordinates that is inaccessible to ordinary players. A temporary server restart reset NPC locations, but nonetheless did not patch the hack. Finally, a 5-hour maintenance is undergoing at this moment which hopefully will fix the issue.
Moving NPC is a rather tame way of hacking MMO; I’d rather dealing with this, than things such as duping and other more malicious forms of screwing other people over. Nonetheless, this incident has its uncomfortably close relationship to the English speaking PSO2 community. Ship 02, block 20~25 are the unofficial blocks of English speaking players, in which my guild (or “Team” in PSO2 term) and myself identify with. Words of mouths and various sources showed that the hacker is among us.
Thanks to the game’s auto-saving chat log, the following conversation found its way to a certain Japanese BBS. (
source The quote is removed, details in comments.)
16 名前：名無しオンライン[sage] 投稿日：2012/07/12(木) 10:13:56.79 ID:NC3WCYo8 [1/17]
367 名前：名無しオンライン[sage] 投稿日：2012/07/12(木) 05:52:58.75 ID:0cLVsolu
2012–07-12T05:09:18 83 PUBLIC 10140110 Zapero force sega to patch
2012–07-12T05:09:26 85 PUBLIC 10140110 Zapero they didnt care when we moved people
2012–07-12T05:09:30 86 PUBLIC 10140110 Zapero now they have to care
2012–07-12T05:09:36 87 PUBLIC 10067252 Sziadan we’ve been at it since closed beta, sega haven’t done anything to stop it yet
2012–07-12T05:09:53 88 PUBLIC 10067252 Sziadan /la sit2
2012–07-12T05:10:05 90 PUBLIC 10197844 Vahlyse we should invade blocks 1–5 one day during peak jp times. and let them know how pissed we are
2012–07-12T05:10:07 91 PUBLIC 10140110 Zapero we dont do anything to harm you
2012–07-12T05:10:11 92 PUBLIC 10197844 Vahlyse that servers wont be global…
2012–07-12T05:14:18 105 PUBLIC 10067252 Sziadan we’ve been moving people behind the window for quite some time now, sega did nothing about it
2012–07-12T05:15:21 112 PUBLIC 10197844 Vahlyse yeah well they need to learn a lesson in busiess
2012–07-12T05:15:52 113 PUBLIC 10197844 Vahlyse not tell people to not play the game
2012–07-12T05:15:59 114 PUBLIC 10197844 Vahlyse thats just bad pratice…
2012–07-12T05:18:48 119 PUBLIC 10197844 Vahlyse a strategy would involve them actually caring about getting money from us
2012–07-12T05:18:54 121 PUBLIC 10197844 Vahlyse in fact its not a stategy at all
2012–07-12T05:19:39 124 PUBLIC 10197844 Vahlyse no i never said they need to learn a lesson i said other businesses dont do @#!@ like that
2012–07-12T05:19:53 130 PUBLIC 10197844 Vahlyse how would nike ever gotten anywhere if its advertisement said
The quote should not be fake, but misleading. It reads like Zapero, Sziadan and Vahlyse were the disgruntled hackers who tried to stage some kind of invasion against Japanese players. A more complete chat log was posted on a pso-world thread by Vahlyse, claiming the comments were made by her fiance who was playing with her character, and the comments are unrelated to Zapero and Sziadan, who supposedly are the real hackers.
Anyway, that seem to be a drama for another day and another place. Tl;dr would be: two hackers decided to troll everybody in responding how Sega has not patched the hack that existed back in beta. It can be worse, much worse–imagine they mass dupe money (if that is possible) to get Sega’s attention. Official reports that Sega has banned 75 accounts for RMT and using third-party programs since open beta. I wish they realize that banning cheaters doesn’t fix the damage that has already been inflicted to the game… and I heard from PSO/PSU players of Sega is not very good at doing that.
With this shit hit the fan, the backslash will be definite. Some Japanese players already dislike seeing foreigners running around in what they consider “their game”, and it would be fun to find out how they think of us after this incident. It is also remotely possible for Sega to region IP block the game… I know I will certainly not be happy with that. Not with a game that I paid for premium service.
On the other hand, I also paid for Mabinogi; paid a lot consider how much time I’ve been playing. I guess this isn’t my first time I willingly spend money on a “unclean” cause.
PS: oh wait, the maintenance ended early! Screw proof reading I’m hitting the Publish button.