Here’s something I’ve been entirely oblivious to until this point, but it doesn’t surprise me in the least that it’s going on. There’s been some talk about “reverse boosting” circulating around lately. Reverse boosting is the practice of killing yourself or losing on purpose in an effort to be placed with lower skilled players during the matchmaking process.

Essentially, you may have one person (i.e. a complete jackass) in the game who does nothing but toss grenades at his feet so he can lose his way down into playing with beginners. Then, said jackass will suddenly remember to play, light everyone up, and collect his sizable and unjust reward for being so dominant.

It’s a tactic that is unsurprisingly rampant in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and the game’s studio – Sledgehammer Games – is not happy about it.

From Michael Condrey (Studio Head):

Part of the competition that is core to our values is that players do not adversely degrade their team’s ability to compete fairly.  It’s not dissimilar from the bans that cheaters and boosters receive, and we have increased our focus on reverse boost banning to combat the growing issue.

I’ve bolded the bit that I feel is spot on. It’s amazing to me that there’s still such an epidemic of cheaters in online gaming. What sort of sad individual actually feels validated after modding a game to win? I’ll be honest. Back in the day when online multiplayer wasn’t an option and games were much more often just linear single player experiences, I found it fun to experiment with the cheat codes the developers would throw in. It could be fun to return to a level of the game that kicked your ass as an immortal being of destruction.

This isn’t the same. Cheaters in online gaming must have some kind of inferiority complex that drives them. Either that or they’re just insufferable trolls.

More from Condrey:

…we have increased our focus on reverse boost banning to combat the growing issue. No one is trying to restrict the fun factor of playing Advanced Warfare with this policy, nor are we actively banning against particular styles of play, like trick shots.  However, we have a low tolerance approach to people who ruin the experience for others through cheating, boosting, reverse boosting or being caught with toxic emblems in game. We don’t like seeing any of these happen, and we’re pushing to eliminate these behaviors from the game.

I bet Kevin Spacey isn’t a reverse booster.

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4 Responses

  1. Whitemoon

    There has been lots of recent busts on cheating and win trading in the CS community I believe. It feels like morals are really just going down the toilet in a flurry of painful diarrhea.

  2. PhantomShadowz

    That’s not the only issue with AW. Check my article that I wrote today on the few other problems that plague the game at the moment.

  3. Luke VanTrieste
    Luke VanTrieste

    I’ll never be able to wrap my head around cheaters. The moment you turn on cheats you’re no longer getting better at the game. The fun of a game for me, especially competitive games, is to challenge myself. I need to get better in order to win. It’s a really rewarding experience when you outplay the other team and improve as a player.

    With cheats… there is none of that. Going through all of the effort to find, download and install cheats, and in many cases pay for them, is accepting defeat and just admitting “I suck at this game and can’t get better”. Being realistic with your abilities is a great thing to do, but when most people reach this point they just quit the damn game.

    I can see how turning on an aim-bot to do all of the work for you might be fun for a few rounds but it would get tiring so quickly. I can’t believe how many people consistently cheat at games and continue to play them for long periods of time. If someone got gang raped in real life, let on fire, sodomized with a fire extinguisher and was force fed their own dick I might think “wow that’s really awful nobody deserves that”. But If I heard that person was used cheats in online video games I’d think “good, eat your own dick idiot”

  4. PhantomShadowz

    So, cheaters. More often than not you’ll run into people who cheat in order to win or protect their kill/death ratio, and they’ll do whatever it takes. Hacks, glitches, etc. I don’t like it and I don’t agree with it. Usually if I find someone cheating in a game, I’ll just leave and report them with a video if it’s that obvious. Lets look on the opposite side of things as well though.

    The above video is of YouTube/Twitch personality Xcalizorz playing Black Ops 2 in the last week on PC. I post this because the community is plagued with people who think that if they aren’t doing well then it’s obviously due to cheating. Background on Xcal is that he is one of the original people who began posting COD gameplay to YouTube and with commentary, which in my opinion, was the precursor to PewDiePie’s amazing (and terrible if you ask me) reign of gaming on YouTube. Needless to say, he’s pretty good at COD. As soon as the video starts, someone immediately accuses him of cheating. What’s hilarious about it is that he’s streaming live on Twitch to an audience of over 500+ viewers. As you continue to watch the video it’s painfully obvious that he is better than the other players, but the cheat comments keep on coming.

    While I think that cheating isn’t right, I also think that people need to pull their head out of their ass as well. I had a 1.82 K/D in Black Ops 2. I now have a 1.26 K/D in Advanced Warfare. I know for a fact that the issue is me, and not people cheating but you don’t see me complaining about it.


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