Dirty Stinkin Cheaters

For generations gamers have struggled to answer an epic question, what’s the difference between a dirty cheater and a clever exploitive gamer?  To better understand the conundrum we must explore the dark and seedy realm of online gaming.

In the not so distant past Counter Strike, or CS, was the preferred format for competitive gaming.  People dedicated their lives to CS, logging countless hours of playtime.  As a veteran CS player, and CS forum troll, let me tell you that there were two types of people that were universally hated, AWPers and Cheaters.  AWPers were a subset of players who exclusively used the AWP sniper rifle.  The vast majority of AWPers would camp out, overlooking the battle, and take potshots at passersby.  AWPing was an easy way to rack up kills but it required a unique skill set.  On certain maps AWPers would have the opportunity to spawn kill, ending a round in seconds.  There was nothing more frustrating then falling victim to a spawn kill.  AWPers were never respected, but they were not banned for their actions.  AWPing was frowned upon, but the weapon was available to everyone.  AWPers were not cheaters; they cleverly used the in game mechanics to gain an advantage. People would constantly gripe, lashing out at these cheap players but no formal action was taken. Cheaters, on the other hand, were hunted down and exterminated

Certain players used external programs to alter the outcome of online multiplayer matches.  If someone was suspected of using an aimbot (a rudimentary auto-targeting tool) they were immediately booted from the game.  The names of suspected cheaters would be posted in various forums and dedicated moderators would always keep an eye out for the usual suspects.  Cheaters were the lowest of the low; AWPers bent the rules, cheaters broke them.

My experience tells me that in most games exploits are frowned upon but ultimately acceptable.  Glitching isn’t noble but it isn’t a ban-worthy offense.  I don’t respect those who use shady tactics but they are still playing the same game.  When a player changes the game using external exploits they have crossed the line.  Glitchers know the game, cheaters stack the deck.

Zack Goldman

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