Is it Possible for Bungie to Prevent Destiny 2 Dataminers From Spoiling the Game?
Just how can Bungie keep more of this game under wraps?
Earlier this week, Bungie had to step in to prevent some Guardians from selling the Spicy Ramen Coupon Emblem. It’s an Emblem that was found by dataminers and was subsequently being sold by said dataminers to unsuspecting Guardians who want to collect every Emblem out there. In reality, the Emblem is a free gift that’s coming to all Guardians on Bungie day, all we have to do is wait. This isn’t the first instance of dataminers ruining things, and it probably won’t be the last. But is there a way Bungie can stop them?
The big issue here is that Destiny 2 is the type of game that Bungie simply can’t push all its new content to in a single update. It would be way too big. That’s why lots of smaller updates are required. Content is slowly added to the game’s servers, making it easier to activate when the time to launch a big expansion comes around. It also makes for a much more stable launch, since Bungie can add files to the servers and simply turn them on when it needs to.
Unfortunately, dataminers take advantage of this and try to uncover as many secrets as possible. While there’s in this action in itself, there is when those dataminers start sharing all the information they find with Guardians who may not want to hear it. It’s the same as someone telling you the ending to a book you’re reading without you asking to hear it. The dataminers assume everyone wants to know what they’ve found, when in reality, it’s just them who feel the need to have that information.
Bungie is in a tight spot, because the development of Destiny 2 requires it to work in a certain way. A way that can be exploited by dataminers. In my opinion, the best thing to do would be to create a dedicated place for the datamining community. Give them something to look for, and have them collate it all on a Bungie forum somewhere, a place where no other Guardian can accidentally stumble upon it. Then, offer the dataminers a reward for the speed at which they find the information, how much of it they get, and make it all part of Destiny 2 lore. After all, there are plenty of hackers and coders in the world of Destiny.
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