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EVE Online Macros - The Bane Of Good Play

Mar 28, 2008
CCP's massive EVE Online MMORPG is the dominant science fiction MMO on the market today. With dynamic game play, and a player run economy, coupled with a "real world time" driven method for building up skills, it provides a dynamic challenge for players.

It also has, like any MMO, a number of repetitive tasks that aren't terribly fun to do, like mining asteroids, or queueing production. This is where EVE Online Macros come into play. There are a lot of sites out there that promise you that macros that will automate the boring stuff. Some will show you how to record your own macros for mining and processing ore, some will attempt to sell you EVE macros that are readily made.

Understand that using an EVE Online Macro is a violation of the terms of service to the game; if your account is caught using macros to automate the activities of the game, it will be suspended.

Most people who look at using EVE Macros are looking to accumulate in-game currency (ISK) at a rate faster than normal play would allow (or to allow their account to remain logged in, doing mining, while they're off doing something else). Because ISK can also be used to buy in-game game credits, CCP Games is more than a little bit concerned about prevalent macro abuse, and they work hard to shut it down.

If you are planning on using an EVE Online Macro, do so with some subtlety. Don't just let it run non-stop, but pick a dedicated time when it's plausible for you to get the money you're accumulating. Don't use money from macro mining to buy game credits; use it only on in game things. And, even if you do these things, expect your account to get nuked at some point.

Insofar as buying these macros, there are ones for sale (regularly) on gamecheat.com, and others for sale on eBay. Be careful of any of them and run a virus and malware scanner before installing them. A lot of hackers are using game cheats (like these) as trojan horses to load viruses and malware, building up a bot net.

Note that not all EVE Online Macros are considered bad; one Macro that's permitted is EVEMon, which monitors your training times in skills, and makes recommendations for the next skills to purchase based on activities you've done recently - including helping you pick pre-requisite skills for things you wouldn't think of. CCP games refers to this time of third party program as a quality of life enhancer, not an exploit.
About the Author
Tom Kranz has written articles on EVE Online ships and the EVE Online free trial which is available, as well as a number of EVE Online guides.
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