news of July 2000
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|[20 July 2000]
BlackAsp1, TygrTank, DMXdaDawg cheating
In a try to defend himself, BlackAsp1 accidently revealed the cheating gang's (BlackAsp1, TygrTank, DMXdaDawg) recent activities on my forum. I will describe it in some short sentences:
I informed Westwood about what's going on to get the bad guys early. Nevertheless Westwood reads this site so or so including the forum. Some hours later Mary (the ladder mistress) commented on my forum:
For Your additional information I provide BlackAsp1's full statement:
Furthermore BlackAsp1 admitted the name sharing in chat while talking to me:
How foolish can one be? Didn't they read the ladder rules? Do they break the rules intentionally?
LordSSB has had a site about my person. On that site he violated my person. Especially an animation showing my "death" was against USA law and against Yahoo!-GeoCities rules for homepages hosted on their servers. Furthermore he has had enough other harassing things on that site published about me, all of a kind breaking GeoCities' rules. I informed GeoCities and they disabled all pages of his site. Furthermore it came to my knowledge why LordSSB always posts fake photos of himself on my forum pretending to look like a guy from Baywatch. I pity You, Lordy! For Your information here comes the mail I got as a response from GeoCities:
Buttom line: Don't mess with a lion, he might bite You ;-) Thanks to the reader of mine who gave me the hint regarding LordSSB's illegality. A very fat, fat "Thank You"!
According to some rumors the rules for WChat will be updated next week. The rumors circle around the use of AI in games. McCreadie is getting many "no comments" answers from WW ;-)
So all can be said right now is, that WW is taking another step to make ladder games more fair, more fun for us. And what's really hard for me: What exactly will happen can not be said before next week. So let's wait and hope for the best...
I recently wondered why Westwood lets a cheater play on the ladder although all of his known until now nicks have been disabled. I'm talking about CnCLegions who formerly had the names Beasty420, ImGDI420, ImNOD420 and Terist420 too. Maybe You've read the previous news regarding this story. Here's my question to Westwood:
And this was their answer:
Again another very smart move from our ladder mistress ;-)
Blak519 told me that he will return in the last weeks of this month using Kerplink as his nick. He wants to see if he can perform as well as last time he used that name.
Austin469 is rumored to be "Master". That means he uses 2 nicks on the ladder this month. We all know what that means: Disqualifying, point reducing... read the rules!
The recent 24 hours gave lots of input regarding this issue. Most players say Master is the old schooler MPlayer. If so, welcome back! For example I give You one representative feedback:
"TheMan here.. MacMark, you're 100% wrong on Master being Austin469. Last month i went 2-1 with austin469, and this month i went 0-5 with Master. I also remember Master from a long time ago. Also, I remember Master was a player called "Mplayer", an old schooler with real skills. Bottom line: Master isn't Ausin."
So Austin469 can relax and I'm happy to see another old schooler coming back :-)
Recently a colleague of mine tried to join the CnC fields. He played until now only StarCraft. He wasn't able to make an account for WChat and I wondered what went wrong. Thanks to a recent message from Mary (ladder mistress) on my forum I finally know what happened:
"As many of you know, there were recent problems creating new accounts and nicknames. That is now fixed (Yippee!) As far as the clan pages go, we are aware of that problem as well and doing what we can to fix it. I'll let you know as soon as the problem is cleared up. Thanks for your patience...
Recently received informations say all the same: We won't get the top100 links for Tiberian Dawn ladder. That may be because the ladder for Tiberian Dawn runs on older software than that for the other games.
This I got from MaDDrAPE:
<MaDDrAPE> hey mary
Before I asked Mary:
"Hi Mary, what's up with the top100 links? Last things I've heared from WW was they will be fixed. Now they're gone since some weeks. Will we get working (!) top100 links for CnC?"
And got the answer:
"As much as I would like to have them back, it just doensn't look like it's in the plans right now. Sorry guys. -Mary"
For the first time we have a Westwood employee visiting the CnC Chat channel long and often. Buttercup (Mary, the ladder mistress) has spent many hours talking with us players. She drew much attention and so the channel was somewhat more busy than usual. She acts sovereign, tough and friendly. A good choice for that job, Westwood :-) Let me add that the awful flaming didn't happen while she was in chat. Her effect is even bigger than the presence of 2 sysops.
It was last year this time when Westwood removed prizes for top players as a try to get rid of the cheating. I guess You've read that here. As time has told this mission was a failure: Most of the WChat players really miss the prizes as an incentive for competition and the cheating problem (disconnecting, parallel names, free wins) still exists.
In a talk on WChat with Mary, the ladder mistress, a few days ago we found out that prizes for top 3 players will return as soon as Westwood got that cheater issue fixed. When I'm looking what happened the last 2 weeks, I guess we will see prizes for top players in August again ;-)
I know this is very good news for many players out there. I hope that some who've left the fields will return for the prizes.
Mary alias Buttercup, the ladder mistress, gave this official comment to the news:
"MacMark and all readers...I would like to clarify the prize issue. The random prizes will not change. The contest winners will still be chosen randomly among players who play 25 or more tourney games per month, and whos accounts are in good standing with Westwood. However, we can, at any time, opt to reward our top players in any way we choose. Nothing official has changed. That being said, I would like to congratulate all of the winners in all of our ladders. I think we had a pretty fair month of playing and of winners. Thanks a bunch, guys (and gals). If and when we choose to reward our top players, they will be contacted ;)"
Sounds not like a "no", but more like a "probably". We wait and hope for the best ;-) Plus: The tests with the update for WChat have begun. They try to eliminate the cheat possibilities.
In June we have had a player on WChat that used 6 nicks on the ladder. One of it was ImGDI420. Westwood first reduced his points at the end of that month and then banned all of his accounts. You can look at this screen shot to see what happend to him ;-). For earlier information on that You should read Cheaters punished in public.
I'm asking myself: Why was this guy so foolish? Didn't he read the rules? He has had some skills and could go to the top 50 without cheating. But he decided to use 6 nicks. Now he became angry and published screen shots of games he has had. (Warning: These screen shots are 750 KB each! He should make them JPEG) One games was versus Mary of Westwood who's a beginner at CnC as she stated, the others have been versus me and McCreadie. I want to repeat it again: Why does somebody with significant skills cheat?