Free to Play Cast: TERA's 3rd Party Woes, SMITE & Paladins, and Dropzone Ep 219
On this week's show TERA and En Masse Entertainment struggle with 3rd party applications control, Hi-Rez says Paladins will be bigger than SMITE, and we look at our Dropzone First Look. All that and more on this week's Free to Play Cast!
02:37 TERA and 3rd Party Apps
25:55 Hi-Rez Studios
31:40 Dropzone Review
37:08 Weekly Bombs (DA-Bomb / A-Bomb)
45:02 Questions and Answers of the Week
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Dropzone - Gameplay First Look
Time to jump into your rig and tear it up in PvP where you can control 1 rig or 3 rigs RTS style in a race to capture cores and score points.By Michael Byrne - 5 years ago
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A few comments from someone who plays the game and keeps up with this drama:
1. The DPS Meter was not the issue and anyone who actually knew what was going on could read between the lines and tell what EnMasse was after which is the packet injector that was developed one player and modded by a group of others.
2. Only 3 players were confirmed by the community to have been banned. There are tons of rumors of guilds and groups being banned but the only players able to provide proof were the 3 players that either made the packet injector or developed mods that went with it.
3. The packet injector offered quality of life changes to the game but also gave scripts for players to do harm. You can access the gm panel, teleport, back crit the boss even if you're on the side or front. EnMasse took a stand because the amount of mods for the proxy was growing at an alarming rate and a lot of them did things that could ruin the game for others.
4. The packet injector does nothing to help keep you connected in the game and that entire section of the pod cast was confusing to listen to. As someone who knows and has seen what the proxy has done, this is the first time I've heard anyone say it optimized the game in such a way.
5. Even mods made for the proxy with the intent to help players caused harm. The most popular mod for the proxy is one that stabilizes the ping of international players so skills go off as if they're in NA. However the script has bugs and issues which allowed players to exploit dungeons. This had another side effect of preventing EnMasse to host double drop in certain dungeons.
6. EnMasse had put out other warning through forum statements and twitch videos. They were largely ignored.
7. The players who were banned knew it was against the ToS and that their days were numbers. They made a big fuss about getting banned anyway.
I guess EnMasse could have made a larger effort to get players to stop using the packet injector to exploit the game. Plenty of players still use and stream with DPS meter and haven't been banned. Perhaps in the future EnMasse can change their policy when it comes to 3rd party programs to be more clear about what they will and will not allow. The biggest issue within the community is the confusion on what they can and cannot be banned for.
Sorry Q, i would instantly email support before i go to a forum for a ban (not that i've ever been banned) from everything i've seen posting on a forum happens because they are trying to jump a queue or the guilty are trying to bully a company into unbanning them, not only by making up a bull story of how innocent they are but to gather support from the tinfoil hatters...which by the sounds of it the less than dozen people have been doing.
For comparison GGG recently banned a full guild for botting/benefiting from botting , there was only one person that actually complained on reddit, but that particular thread blew up with hundreds of posts