Ok, so I guess it's time to post something in the F|A Experience blog once again.. And I will not disappoint.
When I was invited to join F|A by daredevil, one of the three stars behind what we now know to be this wonderful community, I knew next to nothing about ET.
I played with the default config, with the default hideous crosshair, and I struggled to get 25% accuracy. The only customisation I had was that I used the arrow keys instead of WASD because I thought it was easier.
Did that matter to F|A? No. Because F|A is a fun community not one for braggarts or show-offs, despite some of the recognisable skill we have amongst us.
Now, I'm at around 40% accuracy, I have the perfect config for me, and I'm having more fun with ET than ever thanks to this, and the great set of members and regulars that we hold.
But this isn't all I have F|A to thank for. During my time here I have learnt a lot. Not just about configs, but about GUIDs, etkeys, punkbuster, and much more. I am proud to have been able to produce an ETKey generator for the clan, and a tutorial of how to force enemy territory to not only recognise it, but to store it and make sure that it isn't forgotten. When I joined this clan I didn't know what an etkey was!
That doesn't sound like much, but for someone who just knew how to play, and a small amount of rcon from a previous server I had rcon access to, the knowledge I have of the game now is incredible.
But I have to say, the biggest achievement for me to date, is my ability to detect cheaters. I have become very confident with my ability to detect cheaters..
Clan members / trials will notice that anybody that I don't ban, and who I post about in the private suspected cheaters section, are pretty much never cheating. I have my suspicions, but I cannot see a cheat, so I post asking for other members to check it out, thinking I must be wrong about them.. But no, it seems my eye is now well trained for cheaters and if I can't detect a cheat, it's pretty much because they aren't cheating.. But nonetheless I will always post suspicious players simply because others' opinions matter.
I can confidently review demos of players that other clan mates or regulars have posted, and determine whether they are cheating or not. If I genuinely think they are cheating, I have no qualms about saying they ARE cheating, or even to issue a ban, and face the music. I don't jump the gun, and I know the difference between luck and illegal activity now, and so I am confident with my decisions. And for me that's a great achievement for someone who knew nothing about what is or isn't possible, or even the commands and functions you can use to help detect cheaters.
Nobody in particular has helped me to work these things out, or shown me how, but for the most part, this community is so good at communicating and expressing their opinions, that just by silently following the activity in cheater-related sections of this forum, I have become competent and fairly efficient with regards to detecting and proving cheaters to be cheaters.
For this, I have F|A to thank for.
As a side note, I have also learned to use Invision Power Board ModCP xD lol
If anyone reads this, then thank you for your time And thanks to all who have participated in offering opinions and help when detecting cheaters, and also helping others with their configs etc, because although I was too shy to ask, I have still learned a lot from you guys!
Until F|A, I had never been in a gaming clan. Never wanted to, ever.
Reason being, all I ever saw of clans was competitiveness to prove who was the best in the clan, and so on.
When I began playing on F|A servers back in August, I saw none of that. That's when I decided to join the forums. In all the years of playing W:ET, this was the first clan I'd not gotten any bad vibes off (but please, I don't mean to offend any of our clan friends in other clans!)
Since being invited to F|A, I have learned an important, and satisfying fact about the clan as a whole.
This community is about good people, not good players. Sure, we have some excellent players, but that's not what makes them F|A material. It's their persona that makes them F|A material.
Consider this - Most clans higher admins are all the 'pro' gamers of the clan. The ones who prove they're a good show off to other players get to be higher up.. Whilst the ones not so proficient, dwindle in lower ranks. But not here.
I - without shame nor a care in the world - can honestly say, i'm a poor gamer. I don't really have the right aptitude for it, but I enjoy it nonetheless. But just because I suck at getting frags or a good K/D ratio doesn't mean I'm not F|A material. F|A don't care about how many frags you can make, as long as you are a decent person with good intentions.
Through my input to the clan when and where I can, I have proudly earned level 11, which is as high as a standard member can go. After that it's only staff / co-leader / leader. And yes, I still suck in-game! But clearly, this doesn't matter to F|A. As long as I'm respectful and helpful, and do what I can to support the community as a whole, I get acknowledged for it. And that's how it should be.
So I guess what I'm saying really is, F|A is perfect for me. And it's perfect for any good person with the best intentions. F|A want quality people, not necessarily quality gamers.. And thus, I actually feel I can fit in here, and do my bit, without letting you guys down be being sucky in-game. For this, I thank you all.
I hope this message can go out to others thinking of applying. Providing you are a good honest person, i assure you, you will love the ride!
One of the most blatant things I've learned during my time at F|A, is a few things about the mentality of cheaters.
Now, it may seem obvious but to investigate and find the evidence still makes me feel like Columbo.
The fact is, cheaters love showing off to newbies. They target the BEGINNERS / NOOBS 4EVA / NEWBIES titled servers. How do I know this? Read on.
I have banned almost an equal amount of cheaters on our F|A BEGINNERS XPS server, than I have on all our other servers put together - and Jay3 (Beginners) is not my most played server.
The bans I have made on Jay3 at least double the amount of bans I have made on any other single server. This says a lot without further scrutiny.. But I will go further with my theory.
Cheaters are usually people who feel inadequate amongst the pro's. So where are they going to look most 'pro' with their new cheats? Amongst newbies of course!
And furthermore, they will not often play with the pro's using a cheat, because the pro's know what is possible, and what isn't, without a cheat. If a pro is getting his ass handed to him on a plate by someone with absolutely no XP on the server - they're going to look suspicious, obviously. So they stay away from people they think will know the difference. They lurk mostly on beginner servers where people will just think they're pro..
I would hazard a guess that they mostly avoid recruiting servers too (although I have not tested this theory as I spend very little time in our RECRUITING XPS server) - due to the nature of a recruiting server, it stands to reason that admins will definitely be present, and that they will likely be caught.
So that's lesson #1 on Cheater mentality.. But this doesn't mean all the cheaters follow this pattern. Many know how to evade bans, and don't care about being caught, or who they show off to. Many just want to be a pain in the ass, for attention.
I hope you enjoy the theory. I hope also that this wasn't too tiresome for my first blog!