The bots are running amok in Team Fortress 2, and the only solution is ... more bots?
To recap, TF2 has been playing host to malicious bots for the better part of the summer. Not only are they ruining game balance, but they're also spewing out racist slurs and sporting similarly colorful names. In response, Valve patched the game to limit free players' chat privileges, but they've been mostly ineffective.
The community -- or at least a small number of its members -- has come up with a more aggressive response. Eurogamer reports that anti-bot bots have started appearing in games, targeting only the "bad" bots while leaving human players alone. A video of these bots is about as goofy-looking as you'd expect:
It's not a perfect solution, though. Even the anti-bots take up spaces that could be claimed by human players, and, unsurprisingly, the "real" bots have started disguising themselves as anti-bot bots. If they weren't jerks, I'd congratulate them for taking Spy gameplay to the next level.
At least one of the "good" bot-makers is honest about where his skills like: "I'm not good at the game legitimately, so playing with aimbot to kill other bots without worrying of being ridiculed or kicked because I'm doing a good thing makes me happy."
The real solution for this infestation will probably require some real action from Valve. Considering TF2's lack of developer resources, it might be a while before that happens.
About the Author
Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.
WildStar's Composer Creates A Melody To Honor Cancer-Stricken Contributor
Fans often keep up with what developers of their favorite games are up to after that game goes offline.By Jason Winter - 2 years ago
You May Enjoy
It’s Time For Another New World Server Merge, And Time To Talk About Why It's Hard To Implement Some Things
Two European servers and six North American servers are getting the merger treatment.By QuintLyn Bowers - 6 days ago
Playtesters Share Possibility Of Loot Box System In EA's Game Skate, Company Responds
Of course, anything could change from now until the game’s launch.By Aspen Pash - 3 days ago
💣 Feature | No, “MMORPG” and “MMO” Games Are Not Dying
But those terms are probably dead...By Luis Dobreira - 1 day ago
💣 Feature | Cozy Comfy Multiplayer: What Ever Happened To Coke Music?
The popular music mixer MMO by Coca-Cola seemed to vanish overnight.By Aspen Pash - 3 days ago
New ArcheAge: Unchained Fresh Start Server Will Ease Gear Progression, Tweak Boosting, And Increase Item Drop Rate
The developers stated the server will include many improvements based on community feedback.By Anthony Jones - 3 days ago
Fallout 76 Announces Removal Of Illegal Weapons Mods
Some folks are about to be very unhappy.By QuintLyn Bowers - 5 days ago