We’ve hit just over 100 votes for the current poll on cheating. So thank you to those who made the effort to vote.
However I think we need more votes before I can present this to Konami.
Dave O made a very valid point about clarifying the term “cheating”. He specified several clear definitions of cheating which I think need to be explored by us:
Exploiters: players who make the same runs over and over with superstar players to score cheap goals.
The problem here is fundamentally that it’s a tough call to define exploitation when people are playing the game, and performing actions which the game engine itself allows. It’s one thing where games are modded or hacked to allow cheats, but this isn’t the case with PES. People push the game’s AI and discover methods to beat the AI at it’s own game. But the real issue with exploiters is that we don’t have the control over players to be able to combat these set routines effectively. If there was true 100% control over players, no invisible barriers, then it should be harder to carry out these types of exploits.
If Konami are to be believed, PES 2013 will combat this issue at the most fundamental level. We should have sufficient control to stop these types of exploits.
Cheap goals could be a separate category of it’s own, given their nature.
Should people be penalised for scoring legitimately poor goals? This is more of a moral issue, given that for many people, it’s the result that counts, not how you play. In many ways this mirrors real life on many fronts. People are lazy by nature, and if there’s an easy way out, most of us would take it. But in terms of PES, it does ruin the competition of playing against other people. But the current phenomenon of trophies/achievements is incredibly popular. People are mesmerised by the concept and love to show off their virtual worth. Each to his own really!
This is where playing against strangers is a big gamble. Joining communities of like minded players seems to be the only way to know you’ll get proper pleasure from playing online.
Disconnecting: people who can’t take getting beaten/want to preserve their pristine online record.
This is the most contentious of cheating methods for me, as it can be a case of interpretation. We have the more usual quitters who can’t take the pressure of being outclassed and outscored. There are those who use the exploit to wrongfully gain a win, thus improving their record and status. And then there are those like Dave O who see quitting as a way of protesting against cheats. I sympathise with Dave O on this one.
You could have a case where someone is “legitimately” scoring a cheap goal (bear with me on this one), and find their opponent has quit. The player that scored a cheap goal could have a case for complaint, since they played within the bounds of the game. Once again this becomes a moral issue for the quitter, who’d rather stop playing against the player, rather than continue playing a crass game. What this highlights is a need to be able to protest about the player playing cheap football, and to abort the game on that basis. This is something that realistically can’t be done. The number of people who’d abuse such a mechanism would be incredible.
Cheap free kick: place a player in the net and pass to him for a cheap goal. Again this is a massive flaw with the game engine and should have warranted a fix from Konami to combat blatant cheating. It falls outside of the more “normal” exploits, since the player in the net is technically offside/interfering with play and it just shouldn’t be allowed. I’d appreciate some more details from someone more familiar with this cheat too please – I haven’t played PES online since around last November, so can’t say I have much experience of it.
Cheating is a core trait in many online gamers. Unfortunately we see the true ugly nature of people when online. The comfort of relative anonymity allows many people to abuse systems – as we fully well know. Gaming sees more than it’s fair share of stupid people allowed to behave pathetically to troll others at their leisure.
To date not enough has been done by Konami to combat online cheating in it’s many forms. I asked them for details on the current online mechanisms for tackling cheating, but was never given any details. If they do ever respond, I’ll publish details. But the fact remains that many people have been turned off the online game due to cheating.
I’ve already detailed several potential ideas for combatting cheats in the past, but never got feedback on their viability. I guess they know best ultimately. But we need to see evidence of Konami working against these parasites and making the online experience enjoyable again. With so many areas for Konami to address with the game, I guess prioritisations must take place. Hence the importance we place on our polls. If we’re not showing them that we really are angry about the state of the online arena, there’s a strong case for not tackling cheating enough.
Cheats wind me up rotten, and I’m sure there are many of you like me. Please let’s get some major exposure with the poll, and get our combined points across to Konami. If there are other online cheating methods that I’m not aware of, please let me know.
Thanks for reading.