Now theres not much to say here. This is evidently going to be a problem, yet I haven’t seen any discussion regarding it. Official servers will need Official staff members to check for hackers, assuming the Anti-Cheat is not perfect and some players are willing to pay money to get on Official servers and cheat. and honestly, if you think people wont do it, go look at CS:GO before the F2P update, or really any game that is paid for that has cheaters
So there will be hired staff, searching for hackers. Humans make errors and sometimes do things wrong. This can be called unintentional abuse. Some humans are greedy or dickheads, and they do intentional abuse.
Assuming that the current forum mods will not be game-mods (because that would take lots of their time to moderate both in-game and on forum) there will have to be a new fleet of staff hand-picked by Nelson, or worse, Nelson has to make some staff application thing and all the kids flock to it and fill it up.
whatever. Who is staff doesn’t particular matter, the point is staff will inevitably abuse whether intentionally or unintentionally, and that will make the game look really bad. Sure, people today can point to 3.0 server-list and say its fully of shitty abusive servers, but its obvious that they’re ran by the “community” and is out of Nelsons jurisdiction to do anything.
However, when abuse is done on Official servers, by Official staff members, it makes the game as a whole look bad. Imagine people writing negative reviews about the game because a staff member did xyz to this one players. Theres hundreds of ways a staff member could abuse and thousands of ways to make the game appear worse by writing related reviews (or, even worse, creating YT videos about) the abuse.
Furthermore, for a moment we can just assume the almighty god-tier staff are perfect, their decisions are perfect, never make mistakes and are of entire moral character. EVEN then players can still think they may have abused and have convincing evidence that they ‘abused’ and spread it around. I’ve had this done tons of times on my servers where I objective did not abuse, while players still made it out to be that way. I’ve seen this hundreds of times on other servers, too.
Consider the following
We’re not even considering things like staff being rude, mean, discriminative against gender, race, profile picture, online identity, etc. NOR are we even considering the hundreds of people who are bound to try and impersonate staff to trick other gullible, less fortunate players. Nor are we considering other aspects of the Official/Endorsed Unturned community that suffer from great abuse already most notably but not only the Official Unturned Discord
Sure, you could exclaim the anti-cheat will be flawless and there will be no need for human staff -
which is unlikely.
Sure, you could try your best to not hire shitty people or prevent unintentional abuse -
but it will always happen.
Sure, you could say abuse and/or abuse allegations are inevitable -
or you could just not have Official servers and chance ruining the games reputation more than it has to be.
Sure you could say worrying about staff abuse is “stupid” -
But some people care about their experience and dont like authoritarian admins up their ass.
Prevention is a good tactic. We could prevent the problem entirely by having no servers.
Prevention and Anti-Cheat
We could also prevent hackers with an Anti-Cheat. Of course they will get through, but it is a constant battle between devs and cheaters. So long as we pressure Nelson to patch cheats, and caught cheaters get automatically banned, we can have a cycle of automated, non-human staffed ‘moderation’ where the only ‘authority’ is a robot that can not make mistakes and can not be fundamentally wrong.
Yes, I said AC’s are not perfect. But I’d much rather play a server with no staff than a server with abusive staff. The problem in Unturned 3.0 is that the foundations of the game are terrible and have many exploits for hackers to use, which Nelson simply can not repair. This means unmoderated 3.0 servers that get popular simply get cut down to shreds by scummy hackers.
With 4.0, every-time a new hack comes out, there will always be some sort of method or patch that Nelson can do that will either passively counter or detect the hacks. This way there can be a constant battle between dev and hack creators.
And even better, is if Battleye comes to Unturned 4 it will actually be able to do its job efficiently without the broken foundations in its way. Not only will Nelson be pressured by community servers to patch cheats, now he will be pressured to patch them by Official server players, a slightly higher caliber bullet right there.
Alternatively, instead of hand-picked hierarchical authoritarian staff, we could have something very much Rocketmod Observatory where we use sortition to pick users to review someones game-play and come to a united and unanimous decision. The system could also be very much like CS:GO over-watch, in the light that you have no name, no profile picture, or any indication of who you’re watching is, to prevent bias and discrimination.
Many players could attend each trial, and trials could be re-done if the defendant believes they’re innocent. Ontop of this, trials should be based on objective facts, not subjective things like quick aim, or things that may have been caused by lag. Reviewers could add notes, timestamps, and thoughts on the replay to share with the others, or for future reviewers.
Better yet, if we’re doing replay-like footage, there could be advanced techniques used to make the replay un-usable as information to give players an advantage about bases or players in the server. A crazier suggestion, players who do not own the server pass could do the reviewing. lol
This would take power out of the hands of few and give it publicly to the hands of all players to carry the duty. This method would also ensure that there are no active staff on the server, vanishing, using godmode, teleporting around and harassing players. The only injustice that could be done to players subjected to review would be the anonimized replay, and, on rare occasions a false ban that can be appealed.
Maybe, very much like CS:GO’s system, only experienced players take the cases. Or, better yet, there is a sort of priority queue, where the experienced players take priority over reviewing appeals, then cases. Small incentives like cosmetics, steam items (in general) or perhaps a permanent gift pass that reviewers can give to their less wealthy friends, so they may come enjoy the Official Servers.
Thats my mini-take on it. Afterall, this is not including the other two major problems with Official Servers and I still sorta dont wanna see them.