Maybe It Wasn't A Good Idea To Let Players Fight Each Other To Run A Video Game

New MMO Tera isn't just notable for its lavish visuals, it's also trying something new with its endgame. Those getting to the pointy end of the game can be elected as a member of the "Vanarch", Tera's in-game parliament.

Players are elected to the office, and once there can mess with all kinds of in-game variables like toggling player-vs-player combat and imposing taxes.

A recent change to Tera meant that a Vanarch could be elevated to the position via faction combat. In other words, the game's sides could duke it out and the winning side gets to promote someone to Vanarch.

Which sounds wonderful in theory, but of course once it hit the real world it all falls apart. Factions have begun creating what are essentially dummy groups that do nothing but get killed, creating duplicitous cannon fodder in the name of easy kills, and thus an easy road to power.

See, humanity, this is why your MMOs can't have nice things.

Kill Trading for Vanarch [Tera, via Massively]


    Let me guess, is this on either the european or asian servers?

      No, its on the American servers (which includes Aussies). I don't think Korea has implemented this feature yet (?).

        Well thats something then, there are always people who abuse systems wherever you look...

        korea implemented this like 6months to a year ago. The exact same thing happened, but EME was too lazy to take notes.

    Because expecting humans to do things properly, is idiotic.

    It would make more sense to only be able to promote if the opposing side has someone in the position already (and they would then lose that position).

    You will always get idiots that like to ruin the fun of everyone else. I say transfer them all to a single server and flag their accounts so that they cannot make a char on the other servers. And do this for all griefers, serious trolls and anyone else that wants to be a pain in the ass and ruin it for everyone else. Get them all together and let them annoy each other.

      Apparently, Max Payne 3 also does this. +1 to the idea as well.


    EVE does this also, but they do it in a way that's not stupid. I think there's elections and then they work with the devs to better the game.

    If you didn't see his coming, you know nothing about modern gamers. They have no morals, no decency, no honesty, no sense of fair play and no honour. If there's a way to cheat, they'll find it. Duh.

    Wait, this happens in real life politics too ya know?

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