How Do I Get Access to the Black Ops 4 Blackout Beta and When Does it Start? - Dexerto
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How Do I Get Access to the Black Ops 4 Blackout Beta and When Does it Start?

Published: 3/Sep/2018 15:46 Updated: 10/Sep/2018 15:58

by Matt Porter

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is set to release on Friday, October 12, but fans of the series can try out the new battle royale mode named Blackout before the games launch, starting September 10.

PlayStation players will get to play Blackout before anyone else, starting on Monday, September 10 at 10am PDT (1pm EDT, 6pm BST). Xbox One players get their hands on the beta on Friday, September 14, along with players who have preordered on Battle.net. The beta will then open for all on Battle.net on the 15th, giving all PC players an opportunity to try the new mode.

The beta ends at 10am PDT (1pm EDT, 6pm BST) on Monday, September 17, across all three platforms.

The new battle royale mode is a first time addition to Call of Duty. Players will battle it out in a map comprised of locations taken from pre-existing Call of Duty maps, with Nuketown specifically mentioned.

While Activision and Treyarch are yet to release how many people will actually be able to compete in a Blackout game, recent leaks suggest that there will be 100 players on the map, however that could change by the time the beta releases.

Blackout sees Activision attempt to cash in on the massively popular battle royale scene, with games like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Fortnite Battle Royale dominating the gaming market over the past year.

Whether Blackout can match up with the battle royale juggernauts remains to be seen, but fans will get their chance to decide starting September 10.

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Best Warzone kills against cheaters exploiting the Stim glitch

Published: 18/Jan/2021 5:12

by Theo Salaun

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Taking matters into their own hands, some of Call of Duty: Warzone’s bravest players have, quite literally, gone out of their way to punish cheating exploiters who abuse the notorious Stim glitch.

As most Warzone fans have become familiar with by now, there is an unlimited Stim Shot glitch that pops into existence, gets patched out, and then returns every once in a while. The bug allows you to use an infinite amount of Stim Shots, enabling players to remain in the gas indefinitely and secure easy wins while those who play fairly die to the final circles.

Unfortunately, as time passes, more and more exploiters have become aware of the glitch and prone to abusing it. Fortunately, more and more players with competitive integrity have become aware of those exploiters and prone to exacting justice by punishing them.

While few things are more satisfying than a high-kill Warzone victory, one such thing is the cathartic sensation of a cheater being killed and therefore robbed of their illegitimate win. Highlighted by one of Warzone’s very best, Liam ‘Jukeyz’ James, here are the best kills against Stim glitch exploiters.

Unwilling to be denied their 100-kill victory, Jukeyz and his team got set up with self-revives, gas masks, and a UAV to go seek out and eliminate the exploiter in their lobby. Driving directly into the toxic gas, Jukeyz is able to hop out (as his driver is downed by the green cloud) and delete the prone cheater.

And Jukeyz isn’t alone in obliterating these exploiters. Reddit’s ‘thebigeasy31’ decimated the hubris of one such exploiter, who brashly thought they could start Stim glitching earlier in the game with a Most Wanted contact on his head. Instead, bigeasy gave him a bullet to the head.

And last, but certainly not least, Reddit’s ‘Millertime166’ took it upon themself to pull off a one-man vigilante act by seeking out a Stim glitcher on Rebirth Island. Heading into the gas, copping a Gas Mask, and getting into a vehicle, Millertime used their last remaining HP to kill off a silly cheater who was hidden behind a wall.

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While the Stim glitch was supposed to have been removed during the January 13 patch, some believe it persists, albeit in a more limited fashion. Nevertheless, most expect it could possibly make a return at some point.

If it does come back, these players prove that the game’s developers are not the only ones who can counteract cheaters. Like those who killed off exploiters who were abusing the Promenade truck glitch, Verdansk’s finest have begun carrying out their own brand of justice.