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  1. I often see posts like this talk about it being chinese players that are doing this. Now I'm sure it is sometimes assumed to be chinese when it isn't but I too have noticed a trend in chinese players often being offenders in these kinds of behaviors in my personal experiences. Disclaimer not all chinese players cheat, ( just wanna put that out there before people accuse me of labeling an entire group as dirty cheating scumbags. Only those who use cheats are scumbags no matter where they come from. Makes you think however what it is about the cultural differences that may be at play which make one group feel less shameful or maybe more acceptance over this kind of underhanded gameplay. Now before anyone cries racism I dont imply that other nationalities don't cheat either, they for sure do and it is a problem that spans all borders, however there does seem to be an unusually high percentage of these reports claiming chinese players as the offenders, whether that is accurate or not I don't know but I have heard from players who play on asian servers that cheating there is often the norm. Whether that information is accurate again is up for debate I'm just going off my experience and what others have told me. Either way cheaters are scum no matter where they come from, I really wish WildCard were better able to deal with this problem and restrict the ability of those seeking unfair advantage to compensate for their own lack of intellect or skill, sadly reducing exploits in ark has been a long and slow journey on which there still is no end in sight... Region lock might be a solution but if asian servers are filled with a "cheating is normal" attitude, then you end up trapping tons of none cheating asian players in a toxic and undesirable environment which may deter those players away from the game. Unfortunately the best solution is the hardest one to achieve, that being make it forever harder for players to cheat. If I had my way then banning cheaters would not be enough, terminating there ability to play ever would be the route I would take, zero tolerance. Let them buy new accounts if they want to play again and then if they cheat more then ban those indefinitely too. Obviously even this would have draw backs as you would have to be so sure that someone is guilty otherwise such a harsh punishment has harsher consequences if applied against the wrong people. It's a tricky problem to solve. If only people had more capacity for self awareness and shame, I feel many cheaters probably justify their actions by assuming most other players who beat them are cheating and so by not cheating they are at a disadvantage, they forgive themselves of the very thing they hate others for... Perhaps one day there will be a more concrete solution, but for now report report and report until the offenders get banned is the best course of action. Well either that or stop playing. That brings me to my final statement, that being how short sighted cheating is, they don't seem to grasp that their actions actively kill the games they are enjoying their cheats on by turning away players and shrinking the player base, in a vacuum situation a cheating culture creates an environment where all "legit" players leave and cheaters are left to play with the few other cheaters still around. There would be a touch of justice there as they would be forced to give each other a taste of their own medicine, maybe then they would realise just how bitter it tastes. Rant over hope you have a lovely evening.
  2. Yep unfortunately these places exist in many different spots on different maps, It happens when you have maps as large as those in ARK, the devs don't intentionally put them there, they just arent always aware that they exist until explicitly told. So yeah report it. Something that can help is make you character poop then eat it, that will kill you pretty fast, then just avoid the hole. Otherwise sometimes you can have success through things like jumping while opening and closing the map or while switching between first and third person but it isn't always guaranteed to get you free and can be more of a waster of time than just eating the suicide poop to escape. <-- your salvation
  3. Man you should really stop targeting your frustration at players and focus that energy at WIldcard, they coded the game to include K mode in the way it currently exists, they also have not made it against the rules at all to use K mode in such a way and so by all intents purposes you calling people cheaters for using it the way the devs have allowed for is a false accusation. It really isnt fair. Imagine someone doesnt like that you drive your car above 40 km/h, despite road signs clearly saying you are allowed to go at say 60 - 80, some person keeps coming to you and calling you criminal scum and accusing you of breaking the law, it would be really dumb right? instead that person should raise their complaint with the city administration or municipality no? they would be the ones to blame for the speed limits, not the citizens who are just using the laws given to them by the authorities that be. Please use a little rational here
  4. Technically meshing is when the player's character/dino or items get into the mesh, the camera is not one of these things. It is a bad design not an exploit....
  5. Easily worked around, Have the anky have to be carried in order to auto harvest, or atleast be in render range, maybe instead one could give it a command/whistle to harvest instead of a full auto harvest, numerous ways to encourage players to use it the same way the doe is used. I feel what you suggest is a very weak and niche argument against a potentially great QOL improvement which people have asked for for years.
  6. I have seen a few people complain about this, all of them are using the epic games launcher. Seems to be an issue with the launcher that epic games maybe needs to look into, I have never had this problem from using ARK through steam so I can't be a heck of a lot of help, however just based on what I have seen it seems to be a EPIC games issue rather than a problem with the game.
  7. While I agree it is something that should be patched to not allow the camera to pass through the mesh, labeling it as cheating is not correct. It is a feature that all players have access to, cheating by definition is using methods outside of the game features to gain an advantage not available to most other players. So yes 100% it should be changed as it gives raiders an advantage, I don't think removing it all together would be a good idea as K mode has many uses even in PvP but I agree it should be changed to not allow players to see through the mesh, but calling it cheating and labeling players who use K mode as cheaters is a step too far. Many use K mode for legit purposes and not for undermesh base viewing. Even those who do use it for undermesh viewing are not cheating as it is a feature of the game until devs do something about it. Yes it is stupid, yes it should be changed, yes it gives raiders an advantage. However it is not an exploit nor is it a form of cheating, it would only be cheating once WIldcard remove the ability to see under the mesh and then if some players still found a way to do it then that would be a cheat. I think badly designed game mechanic is a better term for something like this. Cheating implies going against some kind of rule or using methods not easily available to the rest of the players to achieve some unfair advantage, of which k mode does not fall into.
  8. This is a bit subjective, You may be lucky enough to not have had many run in's with hackers and that could be down to many variables. Others however may not have been as lucky, I have less than half your hours and have had multiple experiences with hackers. Everything from under-meshing, ESP, aimbot, the list goes on... I still come back every now and then but I lost a lot of interest in the game due to the rampant hacker play, now sure hackers exist in almost every online game, however this doesnt mean that it should just be an accepted norm, some games hacking is much more rare due to the proactive action of certain dev teams to address and focus their efforts on punishing and reducing this phenomenon. I have known a few friends who straight up stopped playing all together because of experiences with hackers. You see it isn't necessarily the experience itself that will turn a player off, it is how the situation is handled and what outcome can be expected. In Arks case the outcome and expectation is usually that nothing will be done and you will have to just take it on the chin, this is why many feel it's not worth the time to play a game like that, and to be honest I can't blame people who feel that way, even though I still play it is by no means as much as I used to, maybe I do one playthrough every few months, usually lasting a few days per playthrough. The potential of a hacker being able to come by and unfairly ruin hours of progress without any kind of fair fight or chance for you to defend yourself is one that is always looming over your head. When your only response to this, which would be to report them, often ends up being as effective as throwing a tissue at them... well you can imagine why that would make one feel it's time to try another game. This is why many have turned away from the game and it is indeed a valid reason not just an excuse. PS all hackers are scum no matter the reasons they have for hacking. Usually they are bad at the game without the hacks they employ which is what makes it even more frustrating to be screwed over by such skill-less and sad individuals, but that is a rant for another thread :).
  9. I hope you mean that humans riding dinosaurs never existed and not that dinosaurs themselves never existed lol. EDIT: Reading it again I see you probably just meant they don't exist anymore but some of them kind of still do
  10. That just so happens to be the way I like my bacon :P.
  11. Be careful going the build your own PC route, like many others I do recommend it and it's what I do myself but I do work in I.T and I have built many PC's. The biggest thing people don't tell you to watch out for when they give you the generic, "just build your own rig bro, I'm running x,y,z" speech, is that you need to watch out for compatibility issues, that is one of the biggest reasons for you to do your research whenever buying separate pc parts. You can very easily end up in a situation where you buy all your expensive parts but come time to put it together and boot up.... the motherboard wont take the ram you bought or the CPU isn't the right type for your board or the power supply inst adequate enough for the system. Don't just listen to people who will spew what their system is running and then take bits and pieces from each of them, a good place to start is go for a slow upgrade rather than an all at once new build, especially for your first build. That being said parts to start with are an SSD, GPU(graphics card) and RAM as these are usually the most compatible friendly parts(excluding the RAM but the RAM will give you a noticeable performance boost) and for the RAM all you have to do is find out what motherboard you have and then a quick google search of compatibility will tell you what RAM it can take. If you are choosing to build from scratch then start with the Motherboard and CPU, this is because they are the most tricky when it comes to being compatible, a good way around this is to look for CPU motherboard combos, also called upgrade kits, this guarantees the board and motherboard will compliment each other and be compatible. Then look at what RAM the motherboard can take(usually upgrade kits also come with RAM which will be a plus) and then the graphics card, most GPU's will be fine in most motherboards but you can always just google to make sure. Once you have all that planned out then try work out the average power that the build will be using, the information for power consumption will be on the different parts specifications, add them together and then add some extra just to be safe, I usually aim for atleast 50 more watts than what my system will need incase I upgrade a part later or want to add more fans or whatever it may be, then look for a power supply in that range. Finally look at the cooling, a decent CPU cooler and an extra fan or two is usually all you need, especially if you are getting a new case as it will come with it's own fans, I highly recommend the coolermaster cases something like the coolermaster H500 mesh is the kind of case that will really help with your build temperature regulation. Don't listen to people who want you to tailor build for a specific game, this is not a smart move as often those kinds of rigs may leave you with short comings for other games/things that you may want to use the PC for, just aim for something that atleast covers the games recommended requirements and you will be good to go. Be careful taking advice from other gamer's on PC parts as unless they are versed in I.T they can easily mislead you, many misconceptions exist which is why people still deem a graphics card memory as it's defining characteristic, it really is not at all, a 4gb card can out perform an 8 gb card depending on it's other specifications, you are much better off doing your own research or listening to those that come from an I.T background, so ask your dads friend for advice and maybe he will even help you build it. Believe me when you run into the issues that every person who builds PC's know will appear when building a fresh machine, having someone with an I.T background can save you a big headache when it comes to trouble shooting certain things. I wish you good luck though and while it may seem complex, once you get into it, it really isnt hard at all ;). EDIT: the reason prebuilt can be a risky option is that you don't always know that what you paid for is what you got, especially if you don't know much about computers, the amount of people's PC's I have opened up and what they said the specs should be isn't what was actually put in the PC would shock you. Not to say that this will happen to you but atleast with building your own PC you know what you put in there, and you know how you put it together, the things I have seen in prebuilt machines, like using glue to secure connectors onto the motherboard , or suffocating fans with poor cable management. If you do decide to go prebuilt, upon receiving the machine open the computer and run through the list to make sure you get what you paid for PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE check.
  12. What he was saying was that every halloween event Wild card chooses a server to sacrifice to their dark gods so that the may appease them and be gifted with a better financial year in the future. It seems this year your Server was selected, The server itself would have had all the entities on it ritualistically deleted, then the players are killed and permanently removed from existence along with all items. Finally the devs join in god mode and begin foundation wiping every base and bob shack they can find, the server is then deleted and the sacrifice is complete. It sucks losing all your work but look on the bright side at least this only happens once a year and only to one server. Joking btw in case by some stretch of the imagination you were taking me seriously at all ;).
  13. Credit where credits due As many issues as there are with this game, and as much as there is to complain about, I must say one thing ARK has going for it is it's inclusive and they really do try to cater to as many players and player types as they can, and to that I tip my hat. Recently got Conan exiles about 2 days ago to try the game out, Was really excited, 50 gb download then install boot up only to find out every EU official server has a max ping cap of 140. Now being a gamer from south africa EU is the closest international region for us to connect to game servers, unless there are actually south african servers for a game, (which is extremely rare) then the only way we can play with others and have decent ping is on EU. South africans will average about 150 -180 ping. At that ping you don't even really notice the lag and I am talking from years of experience. So that puts me and any other south africans just out of that max ping cap and poop out of luck for ever playing on an official server. Sure there are cool unofficial serves one can join and enjoy I'm sure but in the end it's nice to have that option, and then for people like me who actually prefer official servers as I like the vanilla experience and higher populations, well I can just go and make vigorous love to myself in the eyes of conan devs. All in the name of stopping chinese hackers who just hack on the other official servers instead. GOOD RAPTORING JOB. So this game I paid for I can now play official servers in asia if I want to deal with 500 ping, or I am stuck with private/modded unofficial servers. And the reasoning behind this ping cap as I hinted at above was to please the community who had been complaining about chinese hackers as they all had high latency. Someone connecting from china to EU will have almost 300 ping, so why then is the cap not more reasonable say 200 or so? Needless to say I was furious and will likely be refunding Conan and never looking back. I still remember my first ark experience, literally install finishes and within 10 mins I had created my first character and was on an official eu PvP server, ping was not bad at all sitting at about 160 and meeting people from day 1. My first conan experience, took a full hour after installing before I could get into a server because I had no choice but to play on unofficial which resulted in a lengthy install of the mods that the server was running, eventually get in and I never met a single soul on my entire first hour introduction to the game, Why you may ask??? because most people are playing on official and unofficial servers are dead... oh what fun. Screw that dumbster fire of a game. I must say that ark needs some credit for how easy it is to find populated servers and be able to just join, sure the loading can be lengthy and stability issues are there and exploiters are still kind of rampant, but hey atleast they don't prevent some poor gamer from south africa from enjoying the game with EU players. Thank you for that Ark devs, the whole experience has really helped me appreciated this game a lot more.
  14. Ark sits like a hefty beast on my hard drive, biggest game I own to date I'm pretty sure. A lot of it's size is because it is a pretty content packed game, but a fair share of it comes down to the lack of optimization, poor optimization is one of the biggest game bloaters.
  15. If that was your point then I covered it, Did you even read my reply? I pretty much stated in more words that all that is speculation. Perhaps the other company would have more resources than WC, maybe their engine would be more optimized and thus have less bugs plaguing them, maybe the type of bugs would be easier to patch, maybe the other company would be more timely with better customer support and that would result in fewer complaints on the forums. It is also true to say that maybe all of those things would be worse than how it has been with WC, it could be a combination of some things being better and other things worse. However by no means would it be the same, that is a completely unrealistic assumption to make, which is what I was pointing out in my post. The biggest counter point I was also trying to make you realize is that the simple act of introducing direct competition causes the company in question to have to up it's game. If WC had to compete more directly against another title they would be forced to engage more with these issue and dedicate more time to things the consumer is asking for rather than focusing on paid content and DLC related feature developments. To assume that another company just means another copy paste of WC and that both would essentially just try to embody each other without trying to develop any kind of competitive advantage... well thats just not how business works my friend. Like I said in my previous post, Yes some of the issue they face may well be the same, things like exploits, pleasing different types of players, allocation of resources, communicating developments to the community, all the while keeping the lights on. However Like I also said while the issues faced may be similar, the methods employed to deal with these issue will be different will in turn result in a different experience with each company and different outcomes of these issues. Had you read and understood my post properly you would have understood this. I think it was not me who was missing the point in a out little exchange ;). Anyway I wish you a good day regardless.
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