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PostSubject: The REAL reason I still play Blacklight...   Sun Feb 08, 2015 1:34 pm

So there I was, deep into Contract Wars, struggling to earn weapon tasks, wondering if I was cut out for this line of work...



...that's when I saw it.



Blacklight? What's that? Let me just inquire further in this recruitment office right here, and...



"Whoa, how did I get here? Those recruitment guys work fast! Ok, training time... let me see... yup, shoot, reload, grenade... got it!"



"Guys, c'mon... I can barely move in this suit! How long did you say it takes to break them in??? FIFTY LEVELS!? You have GOT to be kidding me! The stiffness helps deflect bullets? Oh, well that makes sense, I guess..."



For those of you who don't know, HRV is Blacklight's version of "Marco Polo". You press the button in order to go defenseless for a second or two, in order to send out a short-lived ping that shows you where everyone is on the map. It tells you HOW to use it, but it's entirely up to you to learn what conditions are optimal for you to give up your ability to fight back for a moment...




...so, needless to say, it was a rough early start for me. The tutorial does NOT prepare you for the amount of sheer pwnage that you're assaulted with EVERY time you enter a match...



...pwnage you couldn't possibly have anticipated...



...it can even come in the form of rainbows.



So many rainbows...

You would almost swear there was an unlockable character for all the damn rainbows that get thrown around!



Still, I came to appreciate each death. The game rewards skill, planning, and tactical thought...



...and punishes lazy assaults from a bogged-down linebacker trying to catch people with a katana.

It rewards players who work together for a common goal...



...and punishes isolated "twitch" players who believe their reflexes alone are enough to compensate for the entire team.

In fact, it does this SO well, that players who are skilled at the game have the very ground they walk on worshiped by the community...



So given the amount of attention and recognition these devoted and skilled players receive, and how new players tend to get bogged down in the details and struggle with the game, naturally that means everyone is going to band together and play by the rules, right?



"No one hacks in this game, maybe you just suck!?" - BLR Community Go-To response for "hackusations"

Now, some people just ARE pretty skilled. They can take a gun regarded as, and I quote, "shitty", by the community and dance circles around you with it...



Then there are those who are too lazy to get skilled, so they resort to tactics other people used on them that were "smart", such as dropping automated turrets on spawn points, throwing grenades at spawn points, dropping mines on spawn points... you get the idea... this game could seriously benefit from some sort of spawn protection.



Though there are plenty who take the short path to power, and have to cheat.



"Best just get it tattooed so you don't forget it..."

Sometimes, games are so legitimately hard that no matter how good YOU are, you're never going to win...









...other times you just need to realize that there are things that you can't/won't/didn't pick up on. Things like learning that you can change your HRV to a "tap" instead of a "toggle". How to juke out of the line of fire and kill a panicked player with a knife. How to suppress a target, how to recognize when someone is suppressed, and how to flank the target while they have a beer behind cover "safe" and sound. A simple trick can really make the difference in a game, and you can go from getting your ass kicked to kicking ass with that one little thing. Yet who, in a competitive field, is going to give you that edge? You're a target to them! Hell, I was level 30 before I found out about that "hold shift" shit in CW. Was an instant game changer.

I've played this game for what? 2 years or so now? I battled through the burning crucible that is Blacklight, and I really don't want to see that go to waste. I feel that if I can help new players coming into the game, then they will be less inclined to play the game for fifteen minutes, decide they suck at it, and go download hacks "for the lulz" to fuck with other players as a means of getting SOME amusement out of the game.


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PostSubject: Re: The REAL reason I still play Blacklight...   Sun Feb 08, 2015 2:04 pm

I think its pretty hard to find a hacker with in a game that has HRV
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PostSubject: Re: The REAL reason I still play Blacklight...   Sun Feb 08, 2015 2:51 pm

GreekFire wrote:
I think its pretty hard to find a hacker with in a game that has HRV

The thing about HRV is timing.

Not conscious timing, because if you KNOW a target is there, you don't want to use HRV because why confirm what you already know?

Some players have very suspect HRV usage. Once you've played a while, you know when using HRV makes sense, and when a player shouldnt be using it.

"So maybe they're just a shitty player or they're new?"

No, that's not what I mean.

Since a big part of hacking is hiding the fact that you're hacking, it isn't a shock to find out that some hacks will force the HRV animation (player reaches up and touches their helmet) to play at various times. If you could see through walls at all times, why use HRV at all? This raises some suspicion among players. Why in the hell is that guy never using HRV, yet he is running straight to where targets are? It looks weird. If it was entirely left to the player, they would "forget" to occasionally use HRV, just to look like they're not cheating. So, some hacks include a random activation of the HRV animation, just to make people believe they're using HRV.

It works, too. When you spectate other players, you're just looking to see if they touch their helmet. You're not able to see if HRV actually fires.

This, however, leads to using HRV at odd times. It's hard to explain, but there are times where you would expect a level 50 player to not be trying to use HRV at a time where a level 1 player would use it.

I've seen it to where a player reaches up and hits their helmet, so I think they're stuck in HRV. The second I go to make the kill, the guy snaps to me, instantly takes my head off, then USES HRV AGAIN!

Literally, this guy uses HRV twice in what amounted to a quarter of a second. Touch, shoot, touch.

I have the helmet with the fastest HRV recovery in the damn game, an advantage I gain at the cost of headshot protection (all shots against my head deal full damage). Despite this exchange, it takes me damn near a full two seconds (slightly more) to use HRV twice. Even if it was lag, and I'm seeing an old HRV he just used, I should have gotten the second one "late" as well, so they would still have that gap between.

I've had a couple of people admit to using hacks. Not all the time, but they stated that they did in fact have them installed. They did not want so much to mess with people or whatever, they simply wanted to see how they worked to be better armed when facing them. These individuals don't play like they're hacking, so I'm inclined to believe them. Still, though, it's obvious they do exist, and that people do in fact use them.


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PostSubject: Re: The REAL reason I still play Blacklight...   Wed Mar 04, 2015 10:27 am

Moved Topic to Blacklight: Retribution Forums.


Also, I never saw this post.

GreekFire wrote:
I think its pretty hard to find a hacker with in a game that has HRV

People that are being studied because of others suspicions, will always make a mistake in showing that they actually hack.
We have a full community with their own website for BLR that does nothing but Hunt down hackers.
It's independent Forum from PWE except its moderation who are connected with PWE in turning in names of Hackers with all the proofs to go with that file.
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PostSubject: Re: The REAL reason I still play Blacklight...   Wed Mar 04, 2015 11:33 am

The fact that this hacker-hunter thing exists is a testament to the fact that hackers certainly are in blacklight, though, ya know?

Personally, I say find em all.

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PostSubject: Re: The REAL reason I still play Blacklight...   Wed Mar 04, 2015 12:27 pm

^We tend to chop their heads off and feed them to the crocodiles.
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PostSubject: Re: The REAL reason I still play Blacklight...   Thu Mar 05, 2015 6:05 am


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PostSubject: Re: The REAL reason I still play Blacklight...   Fri Mar 06, 2015 7:20 am

I'm a CoD fish Sad
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PostSubject: Re: The REAL reason I still play Blacklight...   Fri Mar 06, 2015 8:57 am

SDFire wrote:
I'm a CoD fish Sad

How the hell do you remember Peter Pan, but you can't remember prior to the age of reason?

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PostSubject: Re: The REAL reason I still play Blacklight...   Fri Mar 06, 2015 9:06 am

Cause to you, Age of Reason is achieved somewhere between breathing and taking a dump so big that the pain sets your brain online.
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PostSubject: Re: The REAL reason I still play Blacklight...   Fri Mar 06, 2015 9:08 am

Which should logically happen before thirteen XD

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PostSubject: Re: The REAL reason I still play Blacklight...   Fri Mar 06, 2015 12:47 pm

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