Posts Tagged ‘cheating’

Dote Night: BTS and joinDOTA On Fixing Match-Fixing

By Philippa Warr on October 29th, 2014.

Arrow taking a tower, not yet aware of their disqualification

Part of a miscellany of serious thoughts, animal gifs, and anecdotage from the realm of MOBAs/hero brawlers/lane-pushers/ARTS/tactical wizard-em-ups. One day Pip might even tell you the story of how she bumped into Na’Vi’s Dendi at a dessert buffet cart.

Last week I went into detail about the match-fixing scandal which affected three teams from the South East Asia region. For this week’s Dote Night I’ve been in touch with David ‘GoDz’ Parker of Beyond The Summit (BTS) whose tournament was affected by one of the teams, and with Dennis ‘HolyMaster’ Schumacher, who’s responsible for the joinDOTA organisation’s tournaments. I wanted to talk to them about how eSports organisations handle match-fixing allegations as well as why doing so is important.

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Hearthstone Banwave Is Warning Shot To Botters

By Philippa Warr on October 28th, 2014.

Given the tavern setting, surely

Beware, Hearthstone bot users. Well, beware-ish. Blizzard have followed up their forum post from August about botting being a violation of the Hearthstone terms of service and have banned several thousand Hearthstone accounts until 2015.

“As we’ve stated, fair play is at the core of the Hearthstone experience, and cheating and botting will not be tolerated,” said Blizzard via an official blog post by community manager, Christina ‘Zeriyah’ Sims. At the heart of the issue are third party programs which automate gameplay and let players earn gold, unlock card backs and so on.

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Cheat In Titanfall? Then You Will Only Play With Cheaters

By Nathan Grayson on March 27th, 2014.

I do so enjoy it when game developers get creative with their anti-cheat solutions. Related: I would not recommend that you try cheating in shiny new stomp-o-blaster Titanfall. On one truck-sized, pilot-snatching hand, you’ll still be able to play the game, but you’ll find yourself surrounded by some rather… unsavory company. Namely, fellow cheaters. Sounds like a recipe for infuriation, frustration, and humiliation if I’ve ever heard one. Or maybe just sentient aimbots.

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Valve Anti-Cheat software goes a bit GlaDOS?

By Quintin Smith on July 26th, 2010.

Your entire gaming hobby has been a mathematical error. A mathematical error I'm about to correct.
UPDATIER: See this.

UPDATE: Some consideration of whether this is actually a VAC problem, or simply MW2 being a bit nob, can be found here.

We’re getting word that over the last week a slew of Modern Warfare 2 players have been banned from the game by Valve’s Anti-Cheat software, or HAL VAC for short. You know, the same software found in Team Fortress 2 and Left 4 Dead 2? The one that issues irrevocable bans that Valve will not remove or discuss “under any circumstances”? Well, a great deal of this freshly-banned crowd are claiming (screaming, really) that they’ve never cheated. Ever. Making this a bit of a sticky situation.
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I’m A Naughty Boy: Respecs In Dragon Age

By Alec Meer on November 23rd, 2009.

I rather painfully hit a wall in Dragon Age a couple of weeks back, finding my enjoyment stymied by the twin tediums of getting killed far too much and getting bored of wandering endless dwarven caverns and elven forests that required an absurd amount of backtracking through narrow, empty corridors. (Really, would it be so wrong to turn on the instant map travel system in major areas once they’ve been cleared of enemies?) Finding myself with some free time, I headed back in today, only for the former problem to re-rear its annoying head. I knew what was causing it – I didn’t have a good healer. As well as that, my main character, a mage, was a mess of mixed abilities, lacking a core function, horribly prone to inflicting friendly fire with his more powerful attacks and running out of mana horrifyingly quickly to boot. He was screw-up, in short – a liability in every fight.
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