Cheaters spoil everyones’ day, but what really sucks is when you wind up having to ban a secondary casualty. This weekend’s ban list included a player who ought to have known better – and I don’t say that diminutively, this could be me – or you. Put the pwnage axe down a minute as you read this.
2 – A lot of us got XXXXed by this, but we didn’t know his name. Someone in the target channel mentioned that it MIGHT be hacker because they saw him doing this before.
5 – Later, I see KFS1 in game and ask him if anything was done about the speedhacker. He says he can’t discuss it. I figure this means he knows about it and something was done.
Actually, I said
chat_host.0.log:I [Mon 11/12 20:47.10.650 chatDotCommand.cpp:379] t:#### p:#### c:KFS1 /say We do not discuss speedhackers or cheaters whether under investigation or suspended ;) [buzzard, GM mode, near Antwerp]
Yes – we keep logs of our staff/GM’s conversations (“call may be monitored”). Back to the original author
6 – A COUPLE OF DAYS LATER I SEE THE SPEEDHACKER IN GAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The speedhacker. Who’s name he didn’t know. Or maybe he saw hacker that he had been told was the speedhacker? Score one for player paranoia to whomever “spread the word” about hacker being a hacker.
7 – I happened to see KFS1 in game again and asked him about it, he said NOTHING to me about it … wouldn’t even reply.
Well, that I don’t recall, it was probably when he was venting his spleen on the Help channel and I put him on /ignore. I’m not a people person, I’m not a support person, and sometimes I have to nip myself in the bud. Or maybe he’s another of these folks who seems to think jizzyjaz is my alternate account, bleah.
8 – FROM MY POINT OF VIEW THAT WAS THE LAST STRAW GOD DAMN IT. YOU ALREADY >NERFED< OUR HARDWARE TO THE POINT WHERE THEIR *LIGHTEST* TANKS CAN KILL OUR *HEAVIEST* TANKS AT TIER 0. OUR AIRCRAFT ARE >INEFFECTIVE< AGAINST EVEN THE LOWEST TIER ALLIED AIRCRAFT ….. AND >>>>>>NOW YOU REFUSE TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT ALLIED CHEATERS<<<<<<. THAT WAS THE LAST GOD DAMN STRAW FOR ME. SO, AFTER >>>>>>TRYING<<<<<<< TO GET CRS’S ATTENTION, I DECIDED THAT 30 ALLIED BOMBERS NEEDED TO ****DIE****** TO GET SOME ******GOD DAMN ATTENTION FROM YOU SLACKING HYPOCRITES******.
Well, what that earns you is the discovery that we take cheating of any kind rather seriously. You did more of the same because you were pissed? Guess what, 9 out of 10 guys we ban for cheating make the same claim.
Ever since attending Damion Schubert‘s Casino Talk at AGDC, we’ve effected Casino Rules in regards to people who try/do cheat or hack: permanent ban for yourself and any accounts you appear to be using or subsequently use. Damion only briefly touched on cheating but it was a light-bulb moment for all of the Rats present. Oh, it was also Damion’s first meeting with Doc (that’s right, Damion’s talk was his first meeting with Doc, those of you who know Doc can put that picture together for yourself; Damion, “Haaw doo ya k’now thair cheetin’?”, aka the guy that uses finger jabs to the upper torso as a means to distract you from how loud he is).
However – we also retain our firm lid on any kind of discussion of cheating or investigations of cheating. I’m making a slight exception here because (a) I can understand how the guy could be lead to do what he did because I’ll bet none of his squad mates would ever in a million years believe us if we told them he was banned for griefing, (b) he appears to believe that we should discuss these issues with other people.
I’ll give you some context here, which I think will turn on a light bulb for many of you who question this decision. This player’s original inquiry about hacker was the first thing out of his chatbar when he saw me floating over him with a buzzard. Now I do, from time to time, hover over people I know or active combat areas with my GM vehicle visible. When I’m working, say, observing suspicious behavior.
Let me let you in on a little trend I’ve observed in “bad behavior” generally, irregardless of the game. Cheaters are a lot like snipers, they like to have a spotter. That might be a second account or it might be a buddy.
This counter-intuitive ‘teaming up’ will sometimes come from a hero complex – they’re righting wrongs, they find a hole and they decide to arm themselves with the ability for when they decide they/their social group/team is being wronged; so they disclose their powers to someone else to “keep me in check” (or to vouch for them in-case they get caught).
Sometimes it comes from an ego complex – box game culture has embraced the term “cheat” as “levelling the playing field”.
Sometimes its a simple binary pair – neither of them set out to cheat but some incidental or casual conversation gave them both this idea, and they checked it out. Convinced other people do it they decide to add it to their arsenals and quietly slip into playing lookout, wheel or patsy to one another. Although this kind of casual eureka tends to produce people who avoid directly knowing what the other is up to; so the one might enquire after the other so as to provide a future cover “researching” cover story if they get caught.
Sounding paranoid to you? Good. Because the first requirement of any good security is an unhealthy dose of suspicion. Something that players shouldn’t be embracing – adding one more reason to the long, long list of why you don’t discuss it with your players: we’re not the only ones with that policy.
Fair warning: I will be moderating comments to this post. I am leaving comments open for discussion of liaison, but will apply my personal whim as to what I consider to be “discussion of cheating”.