Originally Posted by DrFPS
I'm sorry alex98uk I'm didn't mean to convey that I was rage gamer. Team work will beat the cheats every time.
I agree with you. Maybe its different in the UK. It must be. In the US its norm to see maybe guessing 5 out of 32, every 32 man server you go to. T-90 making head shots across the map. Google bfbc2 hacks 61,900 hits
Even on the PPBan servers. They have ban 1000's. Its not uncommon to watch 5 or 6 get ban during one match on PPBan servers. MBL.
What we need is a pro active approach like StarCraftII. Not only do you lose the key code and software. You will never connect to the network with that computer ever. Hardware ban. Sure some get around it. At what cost?
Its EA's network, Its EA's TOS. They pass ball to Even balance. Now go to Evenbalance website. The website looks like it was written in 1995. Do you trust them with network security? That's what we are talking about here.
Locks only keep an honest man honest. If you have a rusty broken lock on your door, even an honest man will walk in and steal from you.
Actually PB did do hardware bans, although not any more I don't think. There are two issues. The first is that a hardware ban is easier to dodge than a software ban. I forget quite how it works, but it uses a unique number to recognise your hardware (can't remember if that is a MAC code or something else). However, upon receiving a hardware ban, you can easily spoof MAC numbers and get going again.
The second issue is well, something you don't want to hear, one of revenue. Ban players outright from your games and they don't buy more copies of the game when they get banned! DICE and EA are businesses, so that is something to bear in mind.
The main thing that really needs to be done is ensuring GSP's lock down all server files on ranked boxes. Exploits like aimbots and chams you can never get rid of, it's all damage limitation. PB does a very good job of it (it used to be awful!), but, like I said earlier, it's a whack-a-mole game. By locking down root access to servers, we prevent cheats such as account spoofing, dropping things from the sky (like UAV's) etc...
I know it seems crazy, but PB is actually a very good tool since the pnkbstrb.exe update a year or so ago. It's quite effective at catching cheats, but, it's only as effective as those feeding it the watch list.