While on this topic, I have a few thoughts & questions...
Excuse me if I'm not too hip about a lot of gaming stuff... I'm a 47 yr. old fart, and NOLF2 is really the only online game that I play, and have played for a few yrs. now since it first came out.
I wouldn't know a "cheat" from a hole in da ground.
And also, I post this concerning Deathmatch... (I rarely play any other game.)
It would seem to me, just by the nature of the game's title "Deathmatch"... that it would mean...
"A match to the death... no holds barred, no rules... anything goes."
Kinda like one of dem caged fighting matches.
Then somewhere awhile ago, some people got sick of spawntags and chatkills...
and made some "rules" about it. Kinda rightfully so... tho I really don't give a rat's pitoot about it, and am a very easygoing player... even I get pissed at chatkills & spawntags sometimes.
And again... I'm an old duffer, with a touch of arthritis in me hands.
So sometimes I can't keep up wit all of you young whippersnappers, and sometimes I just take a breather after so many games, and just hang out & shoot someplace.
Some call that "camping".
I'm also good with a sniper rifle, it's my weapon of choice, and I use it often.
I dunno of too many snipers that run around wit their gun...
"Boogly-googly-moogly... BANG... I got you!"
By it's very nature... you have to stay in one spot to snipe.
But IMHO, I believe these things should be "guidelines" to follow by honorable players... not "rules" per se.
Everyone accidentally chatkills someone once and awhile.
And something that pisses me off, is when I purposefully go around someone that's chatting and not kill them...
only to have them pop a cap in my back as I'm walking away from their lovely conversation!
And spawntags do suck... but truthfully... I'm old... I've enjoyed way too much of the 1970's...
(I believe you young-uns call that 420 time)
even after playing for a few years... even I don't always recall where each and every spawn point is.
Now I hear about shooting around corner cheats, and "aimbots", and all sorts of bizarre stuff.
(again...I wouldn't know of such things... I'm almost ready for retirement and Depends adult diapers... I'm just not dat hip.)
And lately I hear about "map glitches" and such.
What I'm basically leading up to is this...
about a month ago, someone from the server's clan, started accusing another player of spawntagging.
The person being accused of this is from what I've seen of him, a fair player, was truly shocked, and kinda said like "Hey... I never do that stuff... if I did, I'm sorry, but that's just not what I do".
This clan person had been like a "NOLF Nazi", "NOLf Gestapo"... that whole night.
"Hey...you can't do that."
"Hey you ... That's against "rules & regulations"... cease & dissist!"
"You over there...you'll be banished from the server if you say stuff like that, or do stuff like that again!"
"That's a "map glitch", you can't go there... our rules & regulations forbid that... stop it!
I mean it was like somebody gave this guy a badge, and made hime the "hall monitor" in grade school.
And the two things about it that made me a bit angry was number one... the guy is INFAMOUS for putting spawntag bananas in the basement of the Russian Installation himself...
(I've tripped over many of his own spawntag nanas.)
but mostly... I like da guy, and have been playing with him for awhile now. I consider him a friend.
(I think that hurt more.)
And I hope if he reads this, he takes this in the spirit of which I mean it...
not to whine or attack... but in the spirit of fair & honest gamingship.
Hey, maybe the dood wuz in a bad mood dat night... I dunno....
I do not mean to offend anyone.
And again, I dunno from "map glitches", "shooting off map", etc. ... but truthfully... what exactly IS a "map glitch"... and what's just something that requires a bit of skill or "seasoned know-how" to use...?
I refer to climbing atop the center mountain in Khios mainly.
Tho I don't use it much anymore... I've done that since day one of playing this game.
Now it's all of a sudden... it's a "map glitch"...? And banned...?
I can see if there's some really weird things like going off the map and shooting in, etc... or shooting around corners with some hack... that OK... that stuff should be banned...
but the mountain on Khios...???
C'mon! Gimme a break...! To me... that's just an oldtimer's knowledgable trick.
Will hanging on some ledges, window sills, etc. be banned next?
It just seems with some things (not all), people are trying to make "rules" about stuff that are just because of their own personal preferences & their own dislikes... and not what's really truly something wrong... or "cheating".
Hey... I hate snowmobile kills...!
But ya know wut... if they weren't meant to kill with... they wouldn't have been put in the game.
So what's next... they start "banning people" for snowmobile kills...or camping...???
No standing on furniture or railings while shooting...?
And I fully understand the "Our house, our rules" mentality with a server...
for which I have the utmost respect.
I love NOLF2, and am truly endebited and have nothing but a ton of gratitude to the powers that be for hosting such a wonderful game, and for all they do to keep our fantastic community alive...
But in a game that originally was supposed to have "no rules"...
where does the "fine line" begin and end on what exactly is cheating, what should or shouldn't be a "rule"...
or what's just someone's own personal likes or dislikes... or their own "personal interpretation" of the server's rules, or what cheating is... or a map glitch?
I'm one of the most easygoing players in the game probably, and rarely have any conflicts with people.
And I don't cheat, wouldn't know how.... and never spawntag or chatkill intentionally...
But incidents like what happened that night (and happend a time or two before with other people involved)just sometimes kinda make me feel like I sometimes have to walk on eggshells, and am possibly at the mercy of some person's personal interpretation of what's right & not right.
And I feel like I could be banned from the main and only server of a game I love so much.
Just because some person (Usually some pimply faced kid who wants to "own me". God! I hate that expression!) thinks I'm cheating, or spawntagging on purpose. And because he has some clan letters in front of his name, and feels like he's in some "position of power" because of it...
decides he's gonna banish me forever from the server.
Where's the line between what's really, truly cheating and unfair gameplay...
and someone's own personal interpretation of that, and their own personal pet peeves in the game?
And more importantly... for us non-serverclan members who depend on the servers for online gameplay...
where's our protection against getting bumped off the server and being banned by someone just because maybe they may have made a bad call... or maybe are in a bad mood...?
Maybe the NOLF court thing ain't dat bad of an idea...?
And maybe if the server is gonna have some "rules"... they should be very clear on them, not so general, use a few examples, and not leave them up to "interpretation".
I dunno... wuddo I know...?
I'm just an old fart...
To me... it's one thing if a player is a blatant cheater, and obviously an unfair player...
But our community is way too small as it is.
And most all of our players... clan or not...
are the fairest & best bunch of people to hang out with, and blow their heads off.
So IMHO... accusing someone of cheating... and more importantly...
banning them from the server...
is something that should be exercised with extreme caution & judgement.
Because it really only just takes away from our tiny community, and makes it that much smaller.
Your Humble Fellow NOLF'er,