As seen in a recent petition:
What Peeve Peverson is saying here is to get rid of cheaters. I'm fine with that. What he also says in one line is depressing:
"I understand that the act of "duping" cannot necessarily be proven, but that is not an issue to be too concerned with at the moment, and is merely (for the most part) used as a means of saving personal time."
Last I checked, and I'm sure everyone in the Dark Souls community will agree, that "duping" is cheating. "Duping" is using a glitch in the game to create duplicate items. This also includes healing items or having a number of items you were never intended to have. What Peeve is saying here is to ignore the lower forms of cheating because some in the community can get away with it. This right here is something definately wrong with his petition.
He also says to have trusted community members of the community moderate the Dark Souls community. This is a very bad idea. Take a look at this next example. This is from the official forums of Prepare To Die. The moderators in the Prepare To Die forums were former leaders of the Demons Souls community, a previous game from From Software. Here are some examples:
This is from the starting user:
"What it comes down to is a small group of moderators promote there friends from Demons Souls Wiki, If you disagree with them or fall outside their favor you are excommunicated from this site, and they try to wash you with the label "troll""
And this one: http://preparetodie.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=1879
"If a moderator wants, they can edit a perfectly innocent post, and if they do, the victim cannot openly complain without receiving an infraction. If the victim complains via Private Messages, the moderator responsible can reply with "Nope.avi", and if the victim complains further via private message, he or she may receive an infraction. Furthermore, the moderators themselves are immune to the first 11 rules."
What this shows is that the gaming community can't be trusted to police themselves. Some of these moderators are too young to handle those positions. I know for a fact that some of these moderators are 15-22 year olds. PrepareToDie.com is a professional website. What is happening here is that 15-22 year olds are are harassing legitimate, paying customers. Very bad image for the company.
Solution? Hire professional gaming moderators.
What I ask of you, Namco Bandai and From Software, is that you do not have someone from the community moderate the game; hire a professional game moderator. Also, be stricter on what is considered cheating, letting small cheating like "duping" is not a good idea.
Ignore the other petition or hire professional Game Moderators to deter cheaters.
Dark Souls is an amazing game, with an even more amazing community. Without some form of punishment for cheaters, they will continue to grow and ruin the game experience for everyone they encounter.
A few Game Moderators to directly ban, or directly report for the banning of, cheating of any kind is all we would need in order to prevent this game's online community from fading away.
If for some reason this is not possible, then something needs to be done, and soon.