If you really want to make a statement against cheaters, how about you publicly hang them out for verbal executions by a very angry and vociferous mob? Yep, sort of the equivalent of taking the class clown or the resident prankster and stripping him down to his dirty brown undies and stringing him up on the nearest light pole. Named and shamed… named and shamed.
That’s the tactic that Reloaded Productions is taking with APB: Reloaded. The company recently updated their blog to make it known that they have banned over 200 cheaters and that they’re using the new FairFight anti-cheat system to keep APB: Reloaded – the open-world, cops versus robbers PvP game – a crime-free zone… when it comes to hackers, of course.
As noted in an update by Reloaded Games…
Today as we formally move out of “stealth mode” to ensure a fair APB game going forward we are also publicly listing a sampling of 212 people whom were detected cheating sometime in the last few weeks or months. The list of names can be found here. It’s not comprehensive (the total number of bans are several times this list), and it includes players caught using several different detection methods. A few were even tagged by the “trusty” old Punkbuster as well, though FairFight enabled us to truly be efficient in tracking down all these miscreants.
Ahahaha, 212 cheaters publicly named and shamed, like getting an atomic wedgie by the President of the United States in front of the whole world during the State of the Union address. Named and shamed… named and shamed!!!
This is all part of Reloaded Productions’ continued efforts to weed out the bad seeds in the group. According to the blog, only about 1.2% of the total APB community are verified cheaters, which means that oftentimes you’re not playing with a cheater… unless, it really is a cheater.
Nevertheless, I applaud Reloaded Productions for cracking down on people who spend thousands of hours playing the game and buying very expensive cheats (viz., with the average cheat ranging around $59.99 to acquire) and making sure that the game is a safe, competitive, creative place for mohawk-sporting, thong-wearing, nipple-pastied gamers the world around.
Previously, gamers had complained that PunkBuster wasn’t doing anything but working as a nuisance, sort of like a cavity checker in front of your workplace to ensure that you’re not stealing anything when you go into and out of the building… only, the cheaters use grappling hooks and the cavity search only inconveniences the employees. Thankfully, Reloaded Productions has adapted and evolved their tactisc and it appears to be working out for the best.
Also, just as a side note, APB: Reloaded is still making headway on transitioning over into the latest version of Unreal Engine 3.5. It’s been a long time in the making but it’s in the making.
You can learn more about the game by paying a kind visit to the official website.