Topic: How to correctly detect an aimbot
I waited as long as possible to touch this troublesome subject but feel that today is the right time.
While playing in instagib I noticed that there are two significant and new developments:
1. More and more people openly use aimbots, and "brag" about it
2. Good players are more then often insulted for using aimbots
Although this is probably for a major part due to the jealousy that releases itself when seeing someone playing better then you, I think there's also a lot of misunderstanding about what an aimbot actually can and what it can't. I can't change the first development, but the second one would be better addressed if people would understand how they can tell a good player apart from a automated player.
What a basic (aim)bot CAN do:
- Aim directly at it's target, only requiring the player to press a button to shoot
- Aimbots can also miss, therefor they're used when the tee doesn't move much
What a basic (aim)bot CAN'T do:
- Use the bounce of the laser
- Do advanced movements with rope
- Shoot faster, run faster or jump higher
So now we know what could be marked as an aimbot, what behavior should alarm us?
- Players that show a significant better aim when defending then when offending
- Players that try to minimize movement while defending
- Players that hit with every shot they fire
- (Occasionally) people openly giving hints or trying to aggravate you to face their automated powers
Please note that these points of behavior singled out don't say anything about a player, but a combination of the first 3 behavioral signs could indicate the presence of an aimbot. Therefor I would like to inform you about how to behave when having a strong indication of an aimbot:
- Explain aimbots aren't fair to other players and make him very disrespectful in the community
- Try to ignore his automated powers and use your real skill to show him what it's all about
- If all else fails, disconnect your current server and try another one
- If you care enough: report the player to the server administrators, and possible online blacklists like this one. If you're detection was correct there might be a possibility for them to take permanent action against these bots.
What you should NOT do:
- Develop your own aimbot and use the other persons usage as an excuse
- Start insulting the person in the channel, this will only work the negative way
- Shout the persons name on every message board you come along
If anyone else has something to add to this little topic of education, I'll do so to improve quality.