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Macros Uncovered!-The Article!


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Tip.it Article, Macros Uncovered.

Hello tip.it, I am Misfortune and I have spent many days researching and informing myself on RuneScape Marcroing Software. To start off this Article I would first off like to say that I, nor Tip.it use, or endorse the use of these macros. All Jagex rules apply and this was done for learning and experimental purposes only. During the researching I never used or downloaded any macroing programs. To gather this information, I visited different websites that I found through google and talked to users of these programs.

I spent an ample amount of time viewing and talking on the websites and forums of these programs. When I first started browsing through certain forums my perspectives changed. Before I started this research I drew the conclusion that people using these programs must be plain stupid. This changed as I realized most people on these forums are very smart and intelligent humans. Macroing software is created using a Programming language called Java. If you do research on this language you will notice that it is very complex.


After spending some time talking to people I decided that I needed to talk to the developers of these programs. To my surprise the developer of one of the biggest and most used macro is a 17 year old kid who started learning Java during computer science in the 10th grade. I asked him one specific question about his reasoning. This question was "Why create a program such as this to cheat on a game"? His reply surprised me and opened up a whole new topic for me to look into. He said and I quote "I do it for the money." At that our conversation was ended and I continued on my search to find information.


From what this developer said, I decided to research more about what he meant and the black-market of RuneScape. I looked at some statistics for this bot and was surprised to see the truth behind his words. There are many different bots which are available for purchase starting at around 7-8 USD. Considering that there are 60,000 people who purchase AT LEAST one of these bots per year, this developer would be making close to 500,000 USD per year! That is 10 times what the average american citizen makes! This made me want to take my research one step further to examine the black market.

Since the first few years of RuneScape's existence there has been groups of people who sell items or gold in game for money. These people use macro programs to collect massive amount of money and items in-game then sell it on the "black market". The Black Market is a group of people who run different websites and sell items, gold, and accounts for real money. These people are real-world trading which happens to be against the RuneScape rules. I was wondering what the point of selling items on this "Black Market" was. I QUICKLY found my answer. By using these macros, large sums of gold can be made very fast. People who do this are usually called Gold Farmers. There whole point is to sell RuneScape gold to players so they can get that party hat or bandos they wanted. Sadly, this is AGAINST THE RULES. That concludes my research on the black market so I continued with collecting information about these macro programs, this time from users themselves.

I went around a found a normal user who has been using these programs for nearly a year. I asked several questions which I will share with you as well as the users response. I first asked " Why do you macro?" His reply was "I macro because RuneScape is time consuming and getting those 99's feels so good!" I was curious how something that you earn by cheating could feel good so I asked him, "Why not earn these 99's yourself so you can feel a sense of accomplishment?" His reply "I do earn them somewhat myself, I just use these programs while I am sleeping or at school when I do not have time for RuneScape."

I was intrigued by how all of these people are so calm and proud of their accomplishments that they cheated to get. Thus I conclude my research by saying that these people use macros out of laziness and greediness.


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tl;dr version: Everything you already knew in a wall of text.

Seriously, no new information is here...

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1. You should use this thread to submit your article to Tip.It Times

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Thus I conclude my research by saying that these people use macros out of laziness and greediness.

Hardly groundbreaking...

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Already submitted via pm, will also post! Yeah, but its a "simple" yet very concluding observation.

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I LOVE people who flog a dead horse of a topic, contribute absolutely nothing new, and then tout their own literary genius.

I really want to be their friends.
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this article would fit in well with the rest of the tip.it times' articles :thumbup:

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Already 3 users are underappreciating the work the OP has put into the article...

I thought it was a pretty nice read, even though it's already things we already know. I'd prefer a comparison pre-2007 and now, though.

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Already 3 users are underappreciating the work the OP has put into the article...

I thought it was a pretty nice read, even though it's already things we already know. I'd prefer a comparison pre-2007 and now, though.


For the record, I'm not underappreciating the work.

I appreciate it would have taken him a bit of time to write it, I'm just questioning whether that was time well spent considering it really doesn't state ANYTHING new, or even interesting.
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Hmm. Good article (albeit it provides some obvious information). Next article should talk about how macros/macro developers influence the RuneScape economy.
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You had to research this? Thought it was pretty common knowledge

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Honestly the opinions of 12 year old kids do not interest me. All I care about is the fact that it is an interesting topic that I was not heavily informed about and wanted to research more. I have learned more and have had fun researching this topic meaning it was time very well spent.

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Honestly the opinions of 12 year old kids do not interest me. All I care about is the fact that it is an interesting topic that I was not heavily informed about and wanted to research more. I have learned more and have had fun researching this topic meaning it was time very well spent.


And THAT statement just destroyed what little credibility you have.

I'm sorry I criticized you, I'm gonna go back and play in the sandpit because I'm actually 2 and you're the most mature person in the world.
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I see you joined early this year; you musn't know how to get discussion started here.
That's okay, you forgot to put "discuss" at the end of your post.

Honestly, when i saw it was about bots i automatically did the tl;dr.
Maybe find an interesting topic that hasn't been talked about for countless hours previously

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Q.Q I thought this forum would not be full of trolls and I would be able to get some useful feedback on such items. I realize the time I spent finding site errors and trying to help improve the community has gone to waste. Sorry all of you people have read this, I myself had fun writing it, therefore as previous stated, I dont care about others opinions if all I am going to here is criticism. Do not take me wrong by this as I always appreciate CONSTRUCTIVE criticism!

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Q.Q I thought this forum would not be full of trolls and I would be able to get some useful feedback on such items. I realize the time I spent finding site errors and trying to help improve the community has gone to waste. Sorry all of you people have read this, I myself had fun writing it, therefore as previous stated, I dont care about others opinions if all I am going to here is criticism. Do not take me wrong by this as I always appreciate CONSTRUCTIVE criticism!


Just because we don't agree with what you say, write or discuss, DOES NOT MEAN WE ARE TROLLS.
Saying this topic has been discussed wayyy too often and hence, the general community find it [bleep]ing boring actually IS CONSTRUCTIVE criticism.

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What are the parents of the 17 year old thinking when he is making more money in a month than they do in a year :blink:

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I would also like to know this but I squeezed as much information from the developers as I could. This also being another point. Please show me where all of you have talked to the devs of this bot.

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And once again, people in this forum prove to be jerks...

Some opinions are best kept to yourself. And this applies both to the OP and the people who replied.

@Article: I actually didn't know one could profit that much with bots. Probably explains why so many people are still running bot sites.

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I read it unlike a few of the other users.

I actually found some bits of useful information I didn't realize before. $500,000 a year is a fairly large sum. I'm pretty sure he doesn't get all of that money though. I mean obviously there's other costs involved. It's probably shared. But even so it's quite a large amount if you compare it to the average person's wage.

Unfortunately, bots have taken quite a lot of competition out of getting 99s. Yes, this was rampant throughout the game before free trade was reintroduced, so none of this "you got what you voted for" nonsense.

How to improve on your next article? Well, I'd say it's a nice introductory article on the subject. I wouldn't mind if you went more in depth if you decide to write another one on the same topic.

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