Written by Boserup | 16.10.2011 @ 17:09 CET
VIP Gaming takes the consequences of missing battlerecorder in Battlefield 3 serious!VIP Gaming have decided to make 1st person record mandatory for all its players, who wants to participated in cups and leagues with prizes.
Battlefield 3 is shipping without a Battlerecorder. The battle recording or 1st person demo recording is the frontline of catching cheaters. All known anti cheat applications like Punkbuster, ESL wire, VAC and lots more are simply failing in catching "Professional" cheaters.
For competitive gaming having a working anticheat application is just as important as having teams playing in the cups and leagues. As long as the matches are being played online there is no way of catching the professional cheaters in competitive gaming with the current anti cheat applications available. As Battlefield 3 doesn't provide ANY proper anticheat app( battlerecorder or 1st person spectator) then the competitive community have to take the responsibility and do something about it.
What the competitive community can do is making 1st person recording mandatory! This means that all players must record in 1st person while they are playing a competitive match. There are several applications on the marked who can provide this without decreasing your PC performance( fps drops) drastically. Applications like Playclaw and MSI afterburner has proven that this is possible without affecting the player ingame in term of FPS drops.
If everyone who plays Battlefield 3 competitively would record in 1st person in all their matches then this would be a huge step toward having clean hacker free competitions. Showing this dedication and seriousness towards potential prize donators, shows that the community is to be taken serious and that it doesn't want cheaters running away with all the prizes.
Of course implementing this kinds of rule is not easy and no one have ever said it would be. There are a lot of obvious questions and challenges that have to be taken into account.
Here is a list of questions and challenges that have to be answered and dealt with as good and possible.
Some of the issues and possible solutions when recording in 1st person:
1. Low-end PC´s. Not all PC´s can handle a recording tool as well as the high-end PC´s. Low-end will have less frames per second meaning low performance and effect the player ingame.
Solution. Upgrade the PC hardware and change the recording tool settings. Reducing ingame graphic settings can help a lot, as well as reducing the resolution.
2. 1st person recording file size. Recording files tends to become large.
Solution. virtual dub is a great tool to compress files into smaller files. Virtual dub also have a great feature that allows you to select different codec's, so that you still can get great quality. It also have a feature that allows you to cut your recording into smaller pieces.
3. What about uploading the files. They will be huge. 1 round can be up to 5-7GB and it will take ages with 512 upload.
Solution. There are lots of file sharing sites out there like, Rapidshare, Media fire and a lot more. Some are free to use.
So to prevent cheating in Battlefield 3 and to remove whatever suspicion towards players from VIP-Gaming who are participating in big cups or leagues with prizes, then we have decided that ALL VIP-Gaming players must 1st person record and share the recordings if asked to from other teamleaders. To prevent too much upload time any teamleader with a reasonable suspicion can ask for specific parts of a match ex. 1 round, between 03:00 and 04:00 from player Boserage. Then Boserage will compress the file and deliver a recording in good quality for the teamleaders for review.
This means that VIP-Gaming will be the front figure in this crucial matter. VIP-Gaming will do whatever we can to prevent cheating outside and inside VIP-Gaming. VIP-Gaming will not sit on their hands witnessing competitive Battlefield 3 gaming being ruined from day one by hackers and cup and league administrators not caring and who have to will to make Battlefield 3 clean in the competitive scene! We hope that other teams will follow our example and join us in combating hackers and ineffective cup and league administrator. VIP-Gaming will invite all interested teamleader for a meeting on this matter very soon, to get a mature debate and come up with solutions on the matter.