[games_access] Question eSport and cheating

Matthias Troup foreversublime at hotmail.com
Tue Sep 1 13:47:05 EDT 2009



Ah... for instance:



Someone attacking your initiative would call the change a "hack" (which makes it sound unfair/harmful) whereas if you called it a "custom setting" it would sound harmless and passive. Then there are terms in between such as "Mod" or "Patch" that have their own meanings technically... but none of the terms are often used properly. People just throw the words about to get a point across or identify with something similar.







From: foreversublime at hotmail.com
To: games_access at igda.org
Date: Tue, 1 Sep 2009 13:27:37 -0400
Subject: Re: [games_access] Question eSport and cheating



Hi, Sandra:

I believe it's simply a "user setting"/"game option"/"variable", because it could be potentially used by anyone no different than turning on or changing options for sound effects, difficulty setting, etc. The question is whether or not those options are allowed to be changed in a particular competition.

I also believe, my opinion aside, that adhering to that vocabulary would help the cause. If the rules of an event allowed certain "customizable settings" from person to person than the governing committee could simply determine whether that feature is a valid customizable setting for competition. If you call it something outside of the normal vocabulary of the event (whatever that may be) then you will get more resistance.

However, first and foremost a competitor would have to be present that gave adequate challenge to the rest of the competition for the committee to even care. Otherwise, there would be no need for a rule change. eSport is a skeptical and untrusting crowd even in the "casual" atmosphere of gameplay recordings (such as MARP). When changing or adding a rule they aren't just skeptical of the one that needs the rule but everyone else that may potentially exploit it. Gamers are crafty. That's how they think.

I don't recall if I stayed relatively on topic from the original post. I hope my opinion was helpful.

-Troup



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> From: inrnette at aol.com

> Date: Tue, 1 Sep 2009 12:12:50 +0000

> Subject: Re: [games_access] Question eSport and cheating

>

> Microsoft uses the term "sticky keys".

> ------Original Message------

> From: Sandra Uhling

> Sender: games_access-bounces at igda.org

> To: games_access at igda.org

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> Subject: [games_access] Question eSport and cheating

> Sent: Sep 1, 2009 2:30 AM

>

> Hi,

>

> thanks for the good example.

>

> That is what I wanted to say:

> A deaf gamer could use a "cheat" to have these soundsymbols in the game.

>

> Or there is a very difficult key combination. A gamer who cannot use the function,

> he could use a "cheat" so he just have to press one button.

>

> Do we have a description or word for this "cheating", that is not cheating?

>

> Best regards,

> Sandra

>

>

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