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U.S.Ag3nt.♜ Dec 28, 2012 @ 2:18am
A very interesting article from KOTAKU about WarZ
Originally posted by KOTAKU:

Maybe The WarZ Is More Fun If You Use Cheats…

It's easy to lose sight of it amongst the politics and apologies, but The WarZ isn't a very good video game.

Its inspiration/competitor DayZ is an exercise in tension and mood. The WarZ, on the other hand, is an exercise in boredom and broken code.

Making things worse, my first five games all ended in some way or another with other players killing me, and I suspect at least two of those, given the range and immediacy of my death, were the result of cheating.

Now, normally, I'd find this practice abhorrent. In a game that works, cheats subvert the rules and undermine most regular player's experience.

But The WarZ isn't a game that works. To call it an alpha would be to give it too much credit, so shonky is the world and its inhabitants, and if you stick to the rules, there's very little to do except hold down the W key and develop a lingering sense of regret.

So cheating in The WarZ might just be the only way, at least at the moment, to have some fun with the game. Which might explain why cheating is already so popular with such a new title.

A community has exploded around the idea, with many major cheating sites offering a range of cracks, hacks and trainers to let people tailor their WarZ experience.

The speed with which they've been able to offer these programs, usually for a price, suggests The WarZ's protection measures against such activity aren't exactly top-shelf. But the scale with which they've been picked up also suggests many customers who have paid for the game are now paying a little more to see if they can salvage some enjoyment from the title.

Some of these cheats are straight-up cheats. Access to better weapons, instant headshots, etc. But others reveal an interesting side-effect of The WarZ's broken launch: a form of community improvement. Below is a tweet I saw earlier today from <CENSORED>, one of the biggest cheat sites on the internet.

New WarZ feature! - No Fall Damage! Never die again due to POOPY steep hills or SuperJump! Enjoy!...<CENSORED>

In the game, that's an actual problem. And here's a fix, not from the developer, or a mod, but from cheaters. Other sites are offering similar programs, offering ways around other things people have issue with, like The WarZ's excessive (and even more boring) night cycle.

It doesn't atone for the fact most other cheats undermine other people's experience with the game, or that sites like AA are profiting off such behaviour, but it is a strange and wonderful thing to see regardless.

So there you have it. Straight from one of gamers most popular blogs about games. KOTAKU have put their foot down and pretty much written off War Z for good. I do URGE people to go directly to the KOTAKU site and "read" the article yourself. I think you will find it much more detailed than I can post here.


Hackers fix a bunch of broken stuff in WarZ that the developers have been promising to fix for months now. i.e.fall damage, jump damage, etc.
Last edited by U.S.Ag3nt.♜; Dec 28, 2012 @ 2:22am
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HazelS Dec 28, 2012 @ 2:55am 
Maybe the hackers gonna add vehicles and a skilltree too?
Last edited by HazelS; Dec 28, 2012 @ 3:10am
Doggie015 Dec 28, 2012 @ 3:13am 
Possibly... you never know...
Zorlond Dec 28, 2012 @ 3:18am 
The hackers are doing better work fixing the game to a playable state than the devs are...

DeadEye (Banned) Dec 28, 2012 @ 3:24am 
The jump damage was from the actual hack itself.. not from jumping normally in game. If you notice it says "SuperJump".

Last edited by DeadEye; Dec 28, 2012 @ 3:24am
Zorlond Dec 28, 2012 @ 3:30am 
There's plenty of videos out where people are just walking around, no hacks, go down a gentle slope and get smacked for damage. In fact, it specified that sort of damage before mentioning SuperJump.
Reployer Dec 28, 2012 @ 3:35am 
I have seen aimbot and ESP in some games but this is just ubelievable (turn off your sound befor watching):
Butthacker Dec 28, 2012 @ 4:16am 
The article is a joke. What is the purpose of writing an article that tells people that "maybe" they would have more fun by cheating?

If they're trying to say they think the game is awful, they already did that. If they're trying to highlight that the game has hackers or cheats, what game doesn't? The whole article is a prime example of flogging a dead horse, in this case continuing to kick the game while the topic is still hot.

It's not an interesting article at all. I'm sure the writer found his personal observations and opinions very clever. That's nice and I'm sure someone is very proud of of him. Personally, I find it irresponsible of them to passively endorse hacking and provide links to do so. Just because they're a popular blog doesn't lend any sort of credibility to their article.
Bassquaeler Dec 28, 2012 @ 4:32am 
I really don't know why they think the game not fun for it's fans? Why would i play war z all the time if it wassn't fun for me and many others? The only thing that is ruining the game is the bad publicity and the hackers. Every popular game has ESP hacks not detected by anticheat. So if the game gets really unplayable its the fault of the haters and this immature and irresponsible kotaku articles.
Last edited by Bassquaeler; Dec 28, 2012 @ 5:14am
razberrie Dec 28, 2012 @ 4:51am 

oh my....heh..... every day this get more and more surreal.

thanks for bringing this to us this morning OP.

this is going to make my day reading the threads about it.

lol Kotaku...wonderful stuff.
James Dec 28, 2012 @ 5:23am 
Originally posted by Bassquaeler:
I really don't know why they think the game not fun for it's fans? Why would i play war z all the time if it wassn't fun for me and many others? The only thing that is ruining the game is the bad publicity and the hackers. Every popular game has ESP hacks not detected by anticheat. So if the game gets really unplayable its the fault of the haters and this immature and irresponsible kotaku articles.

Sorta like how nobody hated minecraft, yet that ♥♥♥♥ was also full of x-rayers.

I also "enjoy" how hammerpoint has gotten media sites to stoop down to their level of unprofessionalism with news articles that are either filled with half-truths and lies or just obvious slam pieces used to generate views because its fun to jump on a hate bandwagon.
Keyboard Cat Dec 28, 2012 @ 5:25am 
I feel kind of conflicted about this article.

On the one hand, I can kind of see where he's coming from. There have been several bad single player games I've played over the years that were made a lot more fun via cheats. Driver 3, for example, got many more hours of play once I broke the Action Replay out and started messing around with it.

On the other, this is a multiplayer game. No matter how bad it is when played normally, you're still ruining the game for someone else by cheating. Additionally, most of the commercial cheats available for War Z are from groups that make cheats for more than one game. In essence, giving these guys money and publicity to make a bad game tolerable is also making good games bad.
Last edited by Keyboard Cat; Dec 28, 2012 @ 5:25am
Sambhaid Dec 28, 2012 @ 6:33am 
Kotaku probably got paid by these sites to advertise the hacks and because its about WarZ and as they hate it, they just thought: "Why not attempt to ruin it more?".

No matter how bad a game is, I dont think advertising and promoting cheating for a multiplayer game is ever acceptable. I hate Kotaku now.
razberrie Dec 28, 2012 @ 6:42am 
Originally posted by zOMGREI:
...On the other, this is a multiplayer game. ....
with a cash shop for items.... that you lose permanently when you are killed.

wouldnt be such a huge media issue if there wasnt the risk of actually losing real-world money due to the lack of an anti-cheat system.
That's pretty ♥♥♥♥ed up advertising a cheating site er...a PAID cheating site. That's disgusting.
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