Cheaters and Leakers

Who are the worst sort of people in a gaming community? I think we can all agree that anyone who tries to dissuade other gamers from having fun and enjoying gaming are asshats. It is quite unfortunate that this lower class of gamer will never go away. In fact over the 12 years I have been gaming, starting at a local LAN and attending some larger events, this class of gamer has only increased in size and intensity.

I can honestly say from my days of Quake 2, to Action Quake 2 and more recently MOHAA and Urban Terror I have never cheated, this includes loading up an aimbot, “just to check it out.” Some would claim that if you aren’t cheating then you aren’t trying” or “it’s only cheating if you get caught.” Well, regardless of your reasoning…err…excuse once a cheater always a cheater. Unless you happen to change your online alias and take on a new personality that moniker of ‘cheater’ will stick with you. We have seen this time and time again in the Urban Terror Community. Blue (jackass) Venom anyone?

I am beginning to think an even lower class of gamer are those gamers who claim to support a game and its community who leak illegally obtained files. Being involved in development since 1999 this has always been a problem. Now, I will lay a portion of the blame on the development team for not having good quality control (not QA Team) when it came to testing the mod prior to a release. Originally, we provided ALL (including server files) to testers. Needless to say this was setting the development team up for failure.

Over the years we got better when the control of our files, but never to the point where there was not a leak for a major release. Beta 2.0 was one of the worst offenders, but again I lay a portion of the blame on the team, but more so on those gamers we thought we could trust. In the online world you cannot trust anyone!

Gamers are always wanting to make a name for themselves and sometimes how they do it is cause for concern. Personally, I don’t want to hear excuses as to why, I just want justice. While we cannot completely police the leak, we do try and make the best out of a bad situation. Thankfully we have some in our community who do come to our defense and help do the policing.

Why gamers think they are above the community or even the development team amazes me. I guess these are the same gamers who do nothing but bitch and complain about the game, but continue to play it. Guess that makes sense, make enough noise and you might get noticed. Oh, was that a g-line from IRC? LOL.

Regardless, these two bottom dwellers, the cheater and the leaker will never go away…unfortunately. They can be contained, but never complete exterminated. Just remember, you are not above the community or the development team. Hopefully you will think twice about hosting files on your personal website or downloading, “just to try it out” because in the end you are no better if you succumb to these sort of gamers.

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