Rust

Dafran goes rogue and wipes out campers in OfflineTV’s Rust server

Published: 12/Jan/2021 17:28

by Alex Garton

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It’s fair to say that Daniel ‘dafran’ Francesca was not too happy when a set of campers killed him after he left Military Tunnels on Rust. He decided to take matters into his own hands and brutally take out the perpetrators himself.

With OfflineTV’s Abe ‘Baboabe’ Chung opting to create two separate servers, the RP and PVP players have been split up. Of course, with every single player on ‘The Badlands’ server looking to PvP, it hasn’t taken long for it to descend into constant chaos.

One player at the center of the PvP action on ‘The Badlands’ server is popular Twitch streamer dafran. Despite enjoying Rust, it’s obvious he’s getting extremely frustrated with the number of campers on the server.

On his January 11 stream, after being killed by a group of players waiting for him to leave a tunnel, he decided to hunt each of them down in frustration to take his revenge.

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OfflineTV’s RP server is called ‘The Divide’ and their PVP server is called ‘The Badlands’.

Dafran takes brutal revenge on campers

During his January 11 stream, dafran was taking on Military Tunnels with one of his teammates. After gathering all of the loot, they attempted to leave the tunnel, however, a set of campers were waiting for them. They immediately killed dafran, leaving him no chance to fight back.

After he respawned, he began to voice his frustration about people who wait and camp to kill players, stating “oh my god dude, like what the f**k is that s**t, is that how we’re playing?.”

It was at this point that dafran decided he was going to find the campers and take revenge on them. When he arrived at their location, his friend had talked them down and the campers began apologizing to dafran. Speaking back to them, he made it seem like he was going to forgive them before gunning them down at point-blank range.

His teammate wasn’t too pleased about dafran’s decision to shoot the players, but he insisted that they deserved it by saying that “we’re doing Military Tunnel and they sit like this… we’re not going to take their stuff, but they deserved to die.”

In the end, dafran’s choice to seek revenge made for a great set of stream highlights and acts as a warning for any other future campers waiting outside of Military Tunnels.

First with Symfuhny, and now with a group of campers, dafran is slowly building a reputation for being absolutely ruthless on ‘The Badlands’ server. There’s no doubt that we’ll see him take on another revenge mission in the near future, fingers crossed it’s sooner rather than later.

Call of Duty

Warzone players outraged as stats change protects hackers & SBMM abuse

Published: 16/Jan/2021 14:41 Updated: 16/Jan/2021 14:47

by Connor Bennett

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Call of Duty: Warzone players have aired their concerns with the recent changes making profile stats private following the companion app drama, with some players pointing out that the change helps cheaters hide from punishment. 

Like many other multiplayer games, Warzone has had its issues with both hackers and skill-based matchmaking ruining the experience for some players.

While they’ve both always been an annoyance, players recently discovered that some were using an app from the CoDTracker site, and another called ‘SBMMWarzone’, that helped them pick and choose their lobbies. These apps were, initially, meant to be used to root out cheaters, but it backfired and SBMM abuse became the primary use. 

Changes were made to the app to help quell the abuse, and Activision even made every Warzone account private so that the data couldn’t reach similar apps. However, that has caused annoyance as well.

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SBMM in Black Ops Cold War & Warzone has been an issue for a while.

CoD YouTuber Drift0r pointed out that, given how annoying the new opt-in process is to share Warzone stats – and that it isn’t mandatory, either – players will simply choose to stay hidden. 

“Some of them (pro players and record holders) might not want to opt-in, or like me, might not be able too or it might take a while, which means that if anybody is cheating at a high level, either to get YouTube content or to stream tournaments, they can just opt out of all this and keep the cheating private,” he said.

The YouTuber noted that, while Activision might have the data on their end and could root out cheaters, it makes it harder for the community to assist them in that fight. 

Other players backed up Drift0r’s concerns about the cheating and SBMM abuse, with some offering up ideas for future changes. 

“They’ll literally do everything except just tone down SBMM, which would mitigate all these other issues,” said one player. “There’s an elephant in the room and its name is cheating. Activision just reopened the highway for cheating. Shameful,” added another.

Others, though, took a different slant, saying: “This officially ruined the game for me. I liked having public stats. It gave me something to work towards in improving… now what’s the point since no one can see them and I have nothing to compare mine to.”

As Drift0r notes, it could become a case where the opt-in process is made mandatory in the future, as it seems to a situation that is majorly in flux – given that there have been two changes in quick succession.

It could also be the case that Activision decides to not do anything else, and this is their final move. Though, given the outrage from the community, that seems unlikely.