Battlefield 4 has now been release to beta, and if you were one of the people sucked (or rather suckered) into pre-order for the game, you have been playing your butt off since the first of October. Only issue with that is, you have been playing with hackers as well. Two sites (ilikecheats.com and callofdutycheats.com) have released a set of cheats for BF4 beta and they have been working well…
The BF series ( up to BF2) used Evenbalance (developer of the anticheat software Punkbuster) for their game’s anti cheat. After they terminated the relationship with Evenbalance they said the games would have less cheats because they wouldn’t be releasing the game files to anyone. What they actually meant was, they wouldn’t be releasing public server hosting files any longer. Karl-Magnus Troedsson (current CEO) (was heard in interview) made a statement that “withholding the server files will keep cheats at bay”. With this statement, BF3 had cheats on the servers day one of release.
We all know the facts about server files, cheat developers don’t need the server files to get their cheats written and released. They just need the game files. CLIENT SIDE. Everything about Trusted Game Server Providers being the only ones allowed to host the BF Series stinks of kick backs and no responsibility. DICE is now using the “Tattle and Review ” method of cheat control. If you think some one is cheating, tattle and they will check into the account. We all know how this worked last time. If you had a K/D even close to being 50% above a positive ratio, you got your account wiped. I can understand doing it, but DICE doesn’t even give you an opportunity to plead a case nor talk to someone about it.
Valve did the same thing with their anticheat and they lost their shirt over it (Well maybe not a shirt, perhaps only a couple of socks ), when they banned over 12,000 accounts for an anomaly that the software found. It’s own anomaly.
Basically what this comes down to is, the decline in intelligent gamers, and the necessity of parents purchasing everything their kids want, so long as they don’t have to hear them crying. This is truly the only way game companies like DICE stay in business.