Bots are programs used for “grind leveling” that don’t need any assistance from the player – earn more in-game cash! Having a bot to play for you while you’re in work, in school, or anywhere else is an advantage but can also ruin your socialization with the players in-game and can ruin the whole role-playing of the character as well as the game itself. Good thing there is no such thing as bots in RF. I have seen other games that have bots that ruined the gameplay itself. The game companies just let these bots be used in their game for marketing purposes only. Most of the players are using a bot, so more and more people use bots for their multiple characters on multiple accounts. I still prefer a bot free game, as bots don’t make the game fun. Bot-free games are also more exciting to play.
Cheats are executable commands that can be used inside a game. These cheats are only applicable to single or multiplayer / skirmish / campaign LAN games. Games that have cheats are Warcraft (Not World of Warcraft), Starcraft, Dota “Defense of the Ancients” (which is a Warcraft expansion hero vs. hero game) and many more. Executable cheats do not exist in any online role playing game in the market. Cheats are what game developers are keeping away from, because it can ruin the game itself. Good thing there’s no trace of any executable cheats in RF Online.
On the other hand, bugs do exist in online games. They’re what developers and players call as the flaws in the game. Once a game is being developed, the company has what they call “Bug Testers.” Most of the company has this unit to check for flaws in the game. As we all know, companies do Alpha Testing and Beta Testing not just to let players experience the game, but also to help the company look for or find out what are the flaws in the game before they release the game as a commercial product. Few examples of bugs:
• When you cast a skill it doesn’t work.
• When you finish a certain quest, the NPC doesn’t give you any reward.
• When you go to a certain map, it makes your character sprites funny.
• When you kill a mob it doesn’t drop anything, but when you check the monster list in the site, it’s supposed to drop something useful.
• When you buy something in the NPC its cost is low, but when you sell it to another town NPC it sells high.
• When you craft a certain weapon/armor its materials can be easily obtained from level 1 monsters, but when you sell it to the NPCs in town, you’d earn loads of cash.
Bugs that especially involve NPCs should be reported and fixed as soon as possible by the game company, or else these bugs can be exploited and ruin the game’s economy.
Here is an example of a bug in RF Online that has been recently fixed on the release of the new game update.
• The bug of the overlapping chatting window and quick slot cannot use item before.
Exploits are flaws or bugs in the game that are being used/abused by players by not reporting it. The last 2 bugs that were listed in (http://www.rfonline-online.com/content/guides-cheatsandbugs.php) can be exploited by players who accidentally found it or know it for some reason. Bug exploitation should not be exercised or used for personal gain in the game. Having to know a certain bug can make a difference inside the game. Players can gain loads of gold/cash; make their character more powerful than other players’. Bug exploits should be taken seriously and reported at once. Game companies take it seriously when reported and once they find out that a player has been exploiting a bug, the game company can exercise their rights to delete or permanently ban the player’s email or any other accounts from registering again.
There are many ways to report an exploit. First, check the games official website, for sure they have a link in the site that teaches the players how to report a bug. Second, contact their customer service at once and report the bug. Third, contact the game moderators or game administrator in the forums. NOTE: “Don’t post anything about the BUG in the forums especially when you give a brief explanation on how to use the said BUG, as players can get very curious and may try it or even exploit it for themselves, resulting in chaos in the game.” And lastly, if there is a GM “Game Master” online, you can consult him about the bug that has been discovered. Good thing there are no known Bug Exploits in RF Online.