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The War Z devs consider corralling cheaters and experimenting on them

Monday, 15th April 2013 00:35 GMT By Brenna Hillier

The War Z developer Hammerpoint Interactive has a unique response to the inevitable problem of cheaters – lock ‘em up and exploit them right back.

In a post on the MMO’s forums, Hammerpoint asked for feedback on its latest “little idea” for dealing with the cheaters who plague every online game – locking them up in “jail” servers.

“If you’ve been banned from the game, you won’t be able anymore to create or join clans, participate in leaderboards, or play the game with the general population, but you’ll be able to play among other banned players on special set of jail servers. Since you’ve already been banned from the game, you can keep using all of your cheats there, but you may expect that all other players are using them too,” the developer suggested.

The reason Hammerpoint would like to retain cheaters rather than simply ban them altogether is that by corralling them together, it can observe what cheats are in use and experiment with anti-cheat technologies.

“We’re talking about one or two physical servers. Cost of hosting those are much lower than having completely separate dedicated game setup and servers and paying thousands of dollars to testers to play against each other using cheats on dedicated servers to be able to perform anticheat development and testing. So doing this will free uo resources for an actual game development,” it added.

Naturally some players feel a little umbrage that cheaters should be allowed to continue playing, even in special servers, so Hammerpoint has opened a survey asking for feedback. According to an update to the post, most players have voted against the idea.

Thanks, Massively.

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4 Comments

  1. Gojira77

    these people finally have a somewhat good idea. i mean the game itself was a good idea too tho. so this could go either way.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Razanur

    I expect, of course, that these cheaters will still be allowed to make purchases from the game’s real-money shop.

    Yep. No ulterior motives there.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. BraveArse

    Seems to be a growing movement this. Max Payne 3 put cheaters on their own matchmaking system, Grid 2 is putting aggressive drivers with other aggressive drivers. It’s an idea that I really like.

    Lock em all up with each other.

    If we could do that with the internet we’d be laughing. An idea for troll control vg247 honchos?

    #3 2 years ago
  4. OwnedWhenStoned

    I’ve almost stopped playing multiplayer games because it isn’t fun anymore.

    anything they can do to stop the cheaters is appreciated.

    #4 2 years ago

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