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Overwatch streamer discovers cheater using unstoppable AI teammate

Published: 3/Feb/2020 18:58

by Michael Gwilliam

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Twitch streamer Redshell encountered a new type of cheater in Overwatch after discovering that a Reinhardt player had an AI McCree follow him to land perfectly accurate shots.

The Lucio specialist was playing a match on Oasis with fellow streamer m0xy when players on the other team started complaining about cheating.

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At first, Redshell had no idea what was going on and neither he or m0xy believed their teammates were engaging in unsportsmanlike conduct. “These guys are just f**king garbage,” m0xy joked.

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Redshell’s team won easily, but it wasn’t a clean win.

However, the Mexican Lucio main decided to use the Overwatch replay feature to see what was going on. “How is my Reinhardt cheating?” he asked while checking out the tank’s POV.

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Things began to look a lot more suspicious when observed the McCree “player’s” behavior, most notably the crosshair placement because it never moved an inch upwards.

“He’s definitely cheating,” Redshell remarked. “Why does he move like a bot? Is that an AI?! I think it’s an AI.”

As the streamer noted, the McCree player named “RAGEQUIT” walked in a very strange pattern, sometimes even into walls. However, despite the bizarre strut, the DPS had an unfathomably accurate aim.

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“Look how he moves,” he investigator noted as the bot proceeded to land two headshots onto an ulting Mercy. “It’s an AI!”

“Actual machine learning monkaS,” m0xy replied to the streamer in-game.

Then, an individual who claimed to have created the AI appeared in Redshell’s chat and said: “This is the first AI cheating in Overwatch. How does this work? He likes follows the Reinhardt.”

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According to the individual in the chat, he was playing as Reinhardt and the bot would follow him.

“This is the most elaborate hack in the world, dude!” the streamer exclaimed.

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The machines are taking over!

While this type of cheating could potentially be very harmful to the state of Overwatch, it’s likely that Blizzard are aware and making the appropriate countermeasures.

As announced in the last developer update, Game Director Jeff Kaplan indicated that there would be some major things coming in the next two patches to address cheating in the game.

Until then, we can only hope that our games aren’t plagued by AI opponents who don’t miss.

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Overwatch meets WarCraft with epic RTS custom game mode

Published: 7/Oct/2020 0:12

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch and RTS games like WarCraft and StarCraft might seem like complete opposites, but the two styles have been combined into a very promising-looking Workshop mode that lets you control multiple heroes as if they were individual units.

If we look at Blizzard games like one big family tree, then the StarCraft and Warcraft franchises could probably be considered something like Overwatch’s grandparents.

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Back in the day StarCraft especially was one of the biggest esports on the planet, but the RTS genre has sadly fallen to wayside in recent years. Both still have dedicated communities though (even after the disaster that was Reforged) and it’s safe to say a good number also play Overwatch now as well.

Irish Overwatch manager Andygmb clearly hasn’t outgrown his love for real-time strategy, not that one ever does, decided to take the top down style from those games and apply it to all of our favorite heroes using Josbird’s cursor tool in the Workshop mode.

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Demo of a MOBA / RTS style control scheme in the Workshop! The possibilities with the workshop are endless! from Overwatch

You can scroll around the map, and drag the map to select multiple units and control them all at once. Like an RTS game, you can tell them where to go, and when to attack something.

Right off the top of our heads if they ever were to make an Overwatch game like this, we’d wager that Roadhog rush would be a great opening build to start with.

But it doesn’t take much to imagine a League of Legends-style game as well being made playable with this type of game either. Sure, Blizzard already has Heroes of the Storm, but that only features a few Overwatch heroes to choose from, where this could add the whole roster.

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Overwatch has over 30 different heroes that could make all kinds of different units.

With Heroes of the Storm already existing (and producing cooler skins for D.Va than Overwatch itself) our chances of seeing an official RTS featuring the game’s heroes are unfortunately slim to none.

That has never stopped players before though, so we’d keep our eyes out for some kind of League clone to appear before too long on the Custom Game browser. Until then, you can always waste more time playing Among Us there as well.