There was never any legitimacy to the ban. Sony's VM ban is silly blanket attack that doesn't even stop hacking tools which are alive and doing just fine. The entire argument that a gaming company can't get to the OS is ridiculous. You can do the same virtualization on top of the OS instead of under it. You can virtualize and sandbox the hacking tools as needed. Daybreak can't claim that is has some divine right to poke around my OS just to play a video game anyway. They couldn't find a better way to rapidly target exploits at the time, so they banned VMs and sorted it out later. These days it's pointless because app virtualization is everywhere and that means you can hide an app from EQ and mostly from the OS, only allowing the minimal contact surfaces.. and that's the new way things are done to stay secure. Chrome shouldn't run in the same 'space' as EQ and so on. Anti hacking tools have to be based on events, patterns and character behavior, not attempts to poke around the OS and see what's running. That kind of stuff doesn't fly and doesn't work. The world is moving to streaming games and virtualization. I'm tired of being drug down by this games inability to modernize. There is just no legitimate reason to ban VMs. It was a stop gap solution. It's not as if they have a one instance per computer policy either, so it really makes no sense since it doesn't stop hacking tools and they don't care if one person plays 3+ characters. The only reason to ban VMs would be to limit a person from playing many instance of EQ, but that's something entirely allowed and generates lots of additional revenue with many people owning 2+ accounts. The VM ban doesn't stop hacking tools, that's just EQ lore. It wasn't true then and it's even less true now. All the VM ban does is lose Daybreak sales and force me to dual boot, which makes me want to quit the game that much more and take my 3-4 accounts and look for another game. Endless nerfs, half finished expansions, weak content, raids filled with ridiculous emotes. Am I playing an RPG or Dance Dance revolution? Who told the devs that running to little aura circles like an FPS whackamole was fun? I don't think it was their users and customers! EQ needs to start listening to it's users more because people are more tired of the game than ever. Instead of nerfing class for pretend game balance, how about focus on the 1990s UI, how about you improve the raid management tool like we've asked for 10+ years. Stop pretending your VM ban got rid of exploits. There are multiple companies selling subscription bot code and there isn't much any game can do about it. You could make a better anti bot system just by tracking player commands and movement. You don't need to ban VMs and you have no right or real ability to see what my OS and other apps are really up to. Cmon, you think scanning memory for running processes or something lame is going to work? These aren't viruses you got from your 56k modem. I'd like to tell you VMs would open the door for more customers, but that ship has probably sailed. Instead what it will do is help keep the customers you have as the market transitions away from Windows dominance more and more. Anyone with basic google skills can figure out EQ exploits are still alive and healthy. And a little more understanding of OS and virtualization makes it obvious that you can't really stop it through hardware profiles or simple process scans. You're VM ban is mostly just annoying legitimate customers. STOP THAT! Stop taking my money and wasting it on nerfs and policies that make no sense. MAKE CONTENT! Mobs, zones, more mobs, mobs linked to those mobs, fun camps to break and upgrade the UI to enhance gameplay. Really, that's all you ever had to do.. why can't you modernize the UI. You made EQ2 instead of just modernizing EQ1 and look where that got you... a big old server farm to pay for no doubt. Game balance has been out for years, so I don't get why you waste time on things people generally hate. Less nerfs, less emote bs, less running back and forth for quests and let us use VMs! It's just common sense!