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    PlanetQuake | Features | Rants N' Raves | Cheat Video Drivers
   

Cheat Video Drivers
Is it really cheating, or just another purchased advantage?
  — by Pappy-R and the PQ Posse

Peek-a-boo, I see you!

This week's rant came in a while ago, but it raised a question that I wanted to run past the PQ staff and readers. Basically, where does the line get drawn for cheats? Our Rant is based on the special drivers from ASUS that would allow OpenGL users of specific video cards to have "super powers" in games like Quake III. Let's hear it for this week's contestant: Steve.

Just after reading the Rant and Raves on Camping, I started to get a little fumed about the people who are claimed to be cheating among us gamers.

I've read articles and feedback on PQ about some video card that lets you see "through" the walls in games. My only question is how is this cheating? How is going out and buying this nice pretty video card cheating? I don't understand it. To me it seems the same as camping. A camper doesn't cheat, they just are especially at leading targets and keeping hidden.

Does owning a video card that lets you look through walls mean cheating? I don't think so. The player didn't edit the game code, change models, or jury rig his/her copy to see through walls. It was done with a commercial product, available to everybody, and they simply have a slight advantage over others. The same kind of advantage that someone playing Quake 2 with a Voodoo Card has to someone using the software rendering mode. Isn't it the same advantage say, Hellchick has when she plays games against modem players? She happens to have a T1 connection, the modem person probably has a 56k or 33.6k. Is Hellchick cheating? I didn't think so. So why should Johnny Fragster be called a cheater cuz he went out and bought a nice video card?

I play Q3A on a Pentium 200 MMX with 48 megs of RAM. I get an average of 15 FPS. Johnny Fragger has the new shinny Quad P3 1.5 gigahertz with 1 gig of ram with an average of 100fps. Can you honestly say he cheated? I'm sure you would say "It's your fault Steve you got a lower machine." Well, isn't it everyone else's fault that they don't have that nifty see-through vid card like Johnny Fragster does? Just doesn't seem right to me.

  — Steve (el sysop)

This week we're going right to the heat with Lee'Mon. When this story broke some time ago, it was Lee who did the article for GameSpy.Com on the topic and the culprit drivers. Without further ado, strike up the band.

You know, it's alright to have a different opinion than I do. Really. I won't get that upset. But if I see one more fool using what I call "stupid logic" to defend cheats and exploits, I'm liable to go off the deep end. "It's not cheating 'cuz it's a commercial product." The Game Genie is a commercial product. The Game Shark is a commercial product. Can you use them to enter a high-score contest? HELL, no. If I wrote "Quake3 Super Autoaim Proxy" and sold it commercially, would that justify its existence? For the answer, see previous reference to "HELL, no".

A Game Genie intercepts the communication from the cart to the console, and alters the environment to make things easier. These godforsaken ASUS drivers intercept the communication from the game to the video card, and alter the 3D data to make things easier. If you can successfully argue that those are not the same thing, you're a better man than I.

It comes down, as I have stated for several weeks now, to what the game designers intended. id Software knew full well that players would have different hardware setups. Players run with different resolutions, frame rates, and network bandwidth. Throughout it all, they designed Q3 so that most things remained constant.

You must obey the rules of damage, health, and armor in Q3A. You must obey Q3's laws of physics (125Hz bug non withstanding). You must aim and fire your own freaking weapon (yes, nopcode, I'm talking to you.) And if a wall is meant to be solid, it damn well better be solid on your machine. Anything that defies these rules is cheating. Hiding behind "it's a commercial product" (particularly when these drivers aren't) is nothing more than a pitiful attempt to defend an act that, if truly fair, should require no defending. Sorry, Mr. Sysop, but come back when you're willing to obey the basic rules... #1 of which is: Play As Fair As Possible Or Get The Hell Out Of My Face.

  — Lee'Mon

Somebody open a window, I smell burnt flesh and I think it's from Lee's skull. I knew when I picked this mail it was gonna open some wounds up, but what the hell, that's the whole point here. Now we'll step over to the side of love with Love2Play where tech issues sit so comfortably anyway. Take it Love!

First of all, let's not be confused about nothing being modified. The "card" does not allow you to see through walls, the drivers for it do. No differently than the invisible skin, zbots, or any other dll that modifies the original game to perform in a way that you have the advantage over others. And being able to afford a way cool card does NOT entitle you to cheat. Period. And it was also something the manufacturer of the video card was WELL aware was bad news to the Quake community and a riot ensued to have them pulled.

You can't compare being able to see through walls with ping and computer speed. There is nothing you can do about your affording a better or faster machine or internet connection, there IS something you can do about modified files that allow others to cheat. It's not the same thing at all. And then you will have to say that any aimbots are also not cheating? Why not? According to your theory, it's not their fault the game allows it.

No, this is called sportsmanship. It's when there is honor among gamers enough that LPB's don't join a server with all HPB's, where people who have been fragging for years don't join a Newbie server, and that you don't use modified files to win. This my friend is where the term Llama came from. Anyone who does any of the above has bad sportsmanship and is truly a llama.

Let's put the blame where it belongs, in the hands of llama cheaters. Not the game manufacturer.

  — Love2Play

Next up, more PQ opinions, including Pappy himself...


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