Macro Mouses use to be legal, GMs started temporary banning people sometime after the post in my sig, where a certain incompetent forum mod made a colossal fool of himself and in trying to defend macro he just puked all over the post and ended up giving reasons why it is unfair lol (Made my job and Neo's job easy
)...also full +12 GM came to the rift and got destroyed by a random macro rm, GMs had no idea what a macro could do to the damage output up til that point....Macro always should have been banned, it is a 3rd party object/program that breaks the damage output balance, thats a no-brainer...the issue was GMs are slow and dumb af so it took them far too long to even come and test the difference...and apparently took them 1.5 years after that to make it perma ban instead of temporary. Games are designed with a certain balance in mind, everything is based on that balance, the gear, skills, classes etc, just because it is "common" is no excuse lol it still breaks the game balance whether it is common or new/rare and that is why its banned from the bat in all the newer MMO's, especially the ones that require timing. Pvp at equal gear comes down to who makes more mistakes and who is more consistent, basically skill and consistency, macro eliminates that requirement completely. Whether you are scared of a macro/macroer or not personally doesn't change what it does factually. Macro should always be banned where it breaks game balance, blame the GMs for handling it so poorly, they had their chance before it became the norm.
PS: GMs inefficient way of dealing with hackers does not factor with macro being banned or not, they both should be punished obviously, but the fact that Aika devs cant program for sh1t to prevent hacks has nothing to do with banning macros...GMs dont favor hackers, they favor anyone who is rich and spends a lot of money, whether its a macroer or hacker.