Two streamers who performed mods while playing the MMORPG Final Fantasy 14live were put into prison after streaming the game while using mods that violated the terms of service. The active moderation is the latest strategy that has sparked a larger conversation and worry about the use of mods in the popular Square Enixs online game.
Final Fantasy 14 is a bustling online world in which players take on large, multi-stage raids as teams. Despite the game''s progress, players have taken it upon themselves to develop mods that enhance gameplay, such as its visuals or quality-of-life features. One type of popular mod is those that allow players to enhance the information obtained by an in-game HUD to display battle mechanics and damage-per-second output which is often used by high-level players to clear tough raids.
Square Enix has taken steps against streamers like Hiroro and Bagel Goose for using the mods. In a VOD, players are sent to a general moderator, and they''ll decide on what punishment he may be if it be a temporary ban, removing certain items, or so on. Streamer Hiroro was similarly punished, but the VODs have since been removed only leaving screenshots of the enforcement.
Mods, or third-party tools, are prohibited in Final Fantasy 14, although many players use them. On May 9, producer and director Naoki Yoshida published a blog post on the official Final Fantasy 14 website, stating that players accounts may be suspended or even banned for using mods. The blog then went on to state the HUDs mods, saying that the modification of the UI to display additional information was prohibited. (The team said it may take a while to improve this aspect of play, however).
The highly visible acts of moderation have spawned a wider conversation about moderation on the platform. Players have often interpreted many Yoshidas statements about third-party tools as being fine to use so long as they don''t harass people, but now they''re uncertain whats allowed and what isnt. Additionally, many in the community may wonder if the developers will begin enforcing a stricter restriction on all mods or just on some. For example, some players may remove particle effects to reduce eye
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