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Villains Unleashed!

I"m starting to really like the folks at Respawn Entertainment.

Respawn are the folks behind the current online gaming darling, Titanfall.  Titanfall is a million laughs, but as anyone knows, fun days online are limited because of cheaters and griefers.  Within hours of Titanfall being available on the PC, hackers were selling aimbots for the game (aimbots allow for precise targeting without having to dick around with the controls, giving a split-second advantage in twitch games).  People have actually gotten pretty blatant about cheating, since Respawn wasn't really enforcing bans.

Under the hood:  Respawn is using an engine called FairFight.  FairFight is also used in Battlefield 4.  I suspect Respawn was just compiling data and training the software, sort of like how you have to train your spam filters and script blockers.  Because now, Respawn is enforcing bans for cheating.  They will continue to adjust as they go, but they seem to have enough to go to work.

Respawn has set up a page specifically to address player concerns.  The first question:  what happens if I get caught cheating?  Directly from Respawn:

"Great news:  you get to keep playing Titanfall!  Less-great news:  you only get to play with other cheaters.  You can play with other banned players in something that will resemble the Wimbledon of aimbot contests.  Hopefully the aimbot cheat you paid for really is the best, or these all-cheater matches could be frustrating for you.  Good luck."

Next question, what if you cheat and make a party with non-cheaters?  Directly from Respawn:

"When anyone in your party is banned, then everyone in your party will be treated as banned for that play session.  If you are a non-cheater and you invite a cheater friend into a party, you will be stuck playing against cheaters.  If you stop inviting your cheater friend, you will once again get to play with the non-cheater population.  You do not get permanently tainted just by playing with a cheater - you are only banned for cheating if you are actually cheating."

Thank you, Respawn!  Suck it, you llamas!

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