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Battlefield 3 Bans Follow-up

The Battlelog forums have a follow-up on recent indications that Battlefield 3 players were being unfairly banned from playing by PunkBuster. Word is: "Together with the 3rd party service providers we have taken steps to remove the faulty bans, and improve the protection against future fake bans. We have determined that the root cause resulting in the server bans is not directly related to Battlefield 3, but rather related to select 3rd party services which server owners can use in conjunction with PunkBuster to protect their servers" (thanks BF3 Blog). Further, Eurogamer notes that DICE is now looking to hire an "Anti-Cheat Administrator" to further their efforts at maintaining a fair playing field.

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21. Re: Battlefield 3 Bans Follow-up Jan 30, 2012, 14:32 Verno
 
born2expire wrote on Jan 30, 2012, 12:15:
all I'm saying is its really easy to call someone a cheater when they kill you instead of looking at what YOU did wrong and what you can do to improve.

Yeah no sorry. They exist and it's not a case of potentially legitimate people who are mistaken for cheaters. People killing others from their own spawn with a knife is not a legitimate player. Killing someone inside of a vehicle with a tank from across the map is not a case of mistaken identity. People racking up 100-1 ratios on Operation Metro are rarely (if ever) legit. There are over a dozen private and 2 very public hacks for this game right now due to the fact that Dice allowed way too much client-side control without server verification in the netcode. They even confirm this on their blog to boot.

If you have been lucky enough not to run into cheaters then count yourself lucky but they exist and there are many many videos demonstrating them on Youtube if you don't want to take my word for it. The thousands of people complaining about it on the forums aren't all uninformed players who just got killed and think everyone else is a cheater. If you don't admin a server it's hard to appreciate how many of these people exist, you see a snapshot based on your own playing experience but I see both my PB logs and the number of requests from server regulars which I investigate on Battlelog and more often than not they are easily identified based on their stats.

There are also people using more subtle hacks like player 'boxing' and so on but those are the edge scenarios that are harder to spot.
 
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