The Wiggle That Killed Tarkov: Cheats and Hacks
Escape From Tarkov is a popular extraction shooter, and like all games of this genre, it attracts cheaters. Recently, a YouTuber named g0at decided to use his own cheats to expose players using aimbots and wallhacks.
To spot these players, he rapidly shimmied his character left and right. When players peered at him from behind walls and other objects, he saw them wiggle back, indicating they were cheating.
Cheating in Escape From Tarkov
Escape From Tarkov is a gripping and exciting game, with a punishing difficulty curve that offers players a real challenge. Sadly, it also has a cheating problem, with rampant hacks and cheats being used to give players an advantage. The issue is so serious that the developers of the game had to take action.
Content creator g0at recently exposed the cheating in Escape From Tarkov by installing a cheat tool of his own. He then used the tool to tell other players using cheats in the game. He claimed that out of 125 games he played, 60% contained cheaters. This is a staggering figure and shows how much of an impact cheating is having on the game’s competitive multiplayer.
While the issue may not be a surprise to some gamers, it is still upsetting that cheating is so common in Escape From Tarkov. Cheats and hacks allow players to get around the game’s limitations, granting them a range of advantages that would otherwise be impossible in the post-apocalyptic environment. These include being able to fly through the air or invincible to attacks from other players.
This is a significant issue, especially considering that the game is only in early access. It is easy to see how cheating can ruin the experience for honest players, and it is crucial that Battlestate Games do everything they can to tackle the problem.
A recent Reddit update by the studio’s head, Nikita Buyanov, has reassured gamers that the team is working hard on the issue. He claims that the game bans ‘several thousand cheaters a day’ and that all systems involved in catching and banning cheaters are being constantly updated.
However, many players have remained unconvinced by Buyanov’s statement. Several users in the Reddit thread pointed out that other similar updates have been posted before and that the cheating issue isn’t being taken seriously enough by the development studio.
One suggestion that was put forward was to make the use of Tarkov cheats more difficult by requiring verified phone numbers for matchmaking. This is a proven tactic for other games, and it could prove to be an effective deterrent against those willing to cheat in Escape From Tarkov.
The Wiggle That Killed Tarkov
In an effort to combat cheating in Escape From Tarkov, YouTuber g0at created a video that reveals how players can spot other cheaters. He also explains how cheaters can be confirmed by their behavior, which is often far from what any other player would exhibit. It is an extremely unsettling video and one that should prompt Battlestate Games to implement a strict anti-cheat system in their game.
Until then, I’m staying away from EFT.
Tarkov’s Cheating Problem
Escape From Tarkov’s popularity surge has brought with it a cheating community that’s wreaking havoc on the game and making people want to quit. This isn’t an uncommon issue for new multiplayer shooters, but it’s particularly disturbing considering how popular the game is. The developer, Battlestate Games, has a lot of work to do to keep its integrity intact.
Fortunately, the studio is starting to take action. In a Reddit post, Battlestate revealed that with the help of the anti-cheat tool BattlEye, more than a thousand players have been banned from the game recently. That’s a significant amount of people and will hopefully send a message that cheating is not tolerated in the game.
Cheating is a big problem in any competitive shooter and Tarkov is no exception, but the way that cheaters are using their tools is especially troubling. In a YouTube video called “The Wiggle That Killed Tarkov,” one player who goes by the username g0at showed how easy it is to use a hack to spot other players. The gist of the video is that a player can ping an enemy’s in-game location by pressing Q and E at the same time, which wiggles the character’s body to reveal their position. g0at demonstrated this by peeping at players from behind walls or other objects, and in many cases, they wiggled back, which is an indication that they are using the same cheat as him.
The video quickly blew up on social media, and the r/EscapeFromTarkov subreddit has a pinned thread dedicated to the topic. Many commenters are outraged that the game is so riddled with cheating, and it’s understandable because it can be very frustrating when you’re a dedicated player and see another person ruin your gameplay experience. It’s also a reminder of how important it is for developers to keep their integrity in any game and make sure that they’re doing all they can to fight cheaters.
Tarkov’s Anti-Cheat System
Cheaters are a plague in every game, but the issue is especially pronounced in Escape From Tarkov. The hardcore extraction shooter has no death cams, so players have to trust that their kills weren’t the result of cheating or a glitch. The lack of verification can produce a culture of frustration and distrust, leading some players to seek out tools like hacks and exploits to get ahead.
Despite the best efforts of the game’s developers, cheaters persist in Escape From Tarkov. But the developer may have found a new way to combat the problem. In a post on social media, Escape From Tarkov developer Battlestate Games revealed that they had banned over 6,700 cheaters using the game’s anti-cheat system, BattlEye. The post also includes a public list of banned players, making the process more transparent and shaming cheaters in the face of their peers.
Many of the players who were banned were caught through a community effort helmed by popular Tarkov streamer Trey24k. This system requires users to submit a clip of an in-game encounter where they suspect a player is cheating. This is then reviewed by a team of other vetted EFT players who sift through the reports and weed out what is and isn’t cheating. Then, if there is a match that warrants a ban, the report is sent to the developer for review.
While the community-driven system is a great step in the right direction, it’s not perfect. Some players are skeptical that the list of names will actually help catch cheaters, and others are frustrated with the fact that the anti-cheat isn’t fixing other problems with the game. For example, Summit1g points out that the peeker advantage is still a major issue, and that other games like CS: GO mitigate this by using server-side interpolation.
Despite these concerns, the majority of players seem to support the move. In fact, one Reddit user pointed out that if Escape From Tarkov’s moderators used a similar list for moderator bans, it could have prevented some of the controversies that surrounded the Rangawr incident.
Toronto Maple Leafs: Treliving Hiring Shows Shanahan's Incompetence – Editor in Leaf
The problem isn’t that Brad Treliving is the newest GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs, but instead, it’s Brendan Shanahan’s explanation of it.
As previously mentioned, Brad Treliving is a good executive with a long hockey career, but he never should have been hired as the Toronto Maple Leafs GM.
Reports already indicate that the core-four will remain the same next year, which is fine, but why hire someone new if they’re going to do the same thing and not at least scare the roster that they could be moved?
A new GM is supposed to ignite change and bring a new approach to the game. It’s not someone who’s just going to re-do the job that Kyle Dubas just did.
When Shanahan fired Dubas, he wanted someone who had experience, which is what Treliving brings, but it’s not like he has a ton of winning experience. He’s never been to a Stanley Cup Finals before and only advanced to the second round twice in nine years in Calgary, so what’s really the difference between him and Dubas?
Nothing, at least not in terms of experience or success.
The only difference is that Shanahan is a bitter old-man who was scared that the young buck in Dubas was getting too much attention and that he might take his job one day.
Toronto Maple Leafs: New GM Brings Nothing Different From Dubas
If you look across the league, it’s crazy how much esteem Dubas has. By the way Shanahan described Dubas during his firing, it’s like he was only in the league for 10 minutes and didn’t have the respect of his peers.
Shanahan’s statement was actually hilarious when you compare his words to what other people have said about Dubas. Here’s what Shanahan said during his press conference:
“Treliving earned tremendous respect during his time in the NHL and built excellent relationships … We are confident that Brad’s leadership and strategic vision will elevate the Maple Leafs in our continued pursuit of a championship.”
As for Dubas, if you read Pierre LeBruns’ article in The Athletic last week, the same words were essentially said about him, here are some quotes from that article:
- Jarmo Kekalainen (Columbus Blue Jackets): “I have the utmost respect for Kyle, both as a professional and as a person. He’s always a straight shooter to deal with. No bulls—. Just an all-around really good person and a professional. All our discussions were straightforward and analytical. I think he has a very thorough approach to everything; you have to be prepared when you talk to him because he’s going to look at things from every angle. I have a lot of respect for him.”
- Bill Zito (Florida Panthers) : “Obviously, a very bright man. And a guy that I have a lot of faith in his character. He’s a guy you could do a deal with. And if it wasn’t papered, you could tell the (player) go ahead get on the plane. As an agent, we used to say if you did a deal with a GM and you didn’t have a contract back yet, would you send your player on the plane? That’s a level of respect I have for Kyle’s integrity. Obviously, I’m very fond of him. I think he did a hell of a job there.”
- The GMs of Nashville, Tampa and Edmonton were all quoted as saying really nice things about him as well.
All of these old-school and experienced GM’s said nothing but great things about Dubas, yet the Leafs didn’t want him. They explained all of the attributes that Shanahan wanted in a GM, yet they decided to move on and hire Treliving instead.
Shanahan took a bitter approach and gassed one of the most thoughtful and intelligent hockey minds of this generation and instead hired a guy who hasn’t doesn’t seem to be an improvement in any way.
No disrespect to Treliving because I think he’s going to do a fine job, but the explanation of Dubas’ firing gets dumber with every second and continues to show the incompetence of Shanahan as the President of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
How much are Stanley Cup Final tickets? – ESPN – ESPN
The Stanley Cup Final will return to Las Vegas and South Florida for the Florida Panthers vs. the Vegas Golden Knights. For fans of the Knights, who reached the Stanley Cup Final in 2018, tickets to the first two games at T-Mobile Arena are a bit cheaper this time around.
The average price for a ticket to Game 1 is $763, according to Vivid Seats data. In 2018, during the franchise’s first trip to the Final, the average was $1,062. That was the highest in recent years for a team making its Final debut or returning after a long drought. Last year’s Game 1 between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Colorado Avalanche had an average price of $1,052. The Avalanche, who hosted Game 1, were playing their first Final game since 2001. When the St. Louis Blues hosted their first Final game in decades in 2019, the average was $869.
For Saturday’s opening game, the lowest-priced available ticket is going for $405 on the Knights’ website, while TickPick lists a no-view, standing room only ticket for $311. The most expensive ticket is $9,750. These prices don’t reflect taxes or fees.
For Game 3, the Panthers’ first Stanley Cup Final home game since 1996, the average price for a ticket at FLA Live Arena is $628, according to Vivid Seats. At Ticketmaster, the Panthers’ ticket-seller, the lowest-priced ticket is $538. The most expensive ticket is reselling for $9,000 before taxes and fees. The average price for Game 4 is a bit higher at $689.
If the series goes to seven games, fans might need some extra casino winnings to get into the arena. Prices via the Knights’ website range from about $900 to $25,000.
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