Hey hey people!
I've just started here. Haven't played for a while. Went to the forum to read about the universe and stumbled upon this topic.
Every player is allowed to control a single account per universe.
I just want to clarify a few things. You know how sometimes things that we don't understand frustrate us? Well, same thing happens here I think.
Players don't understand why admins don't ban cheaters? Well, please let me explain it.
I consult on bot detection systems for far more complicated and better budgeted projects than this game, so I have some insights that may be helpful.
Admins do ban players who verifiably abuse the system. Believe me, a good cheater could completely ruin the game for the whole server. I've seen game servers that were wiped completely only cuz of a few cheaters who managed to ruin the economy completely. I've also seen severs where admins would ban people who just look like cheaters, not having done anything wrong. You don't want it. Admins are interested in banning cheaters cuz the only unfair advantage that should be possible is through the money. Thus, cheaters actually compete with admins if left unmanaged.
Why not all cheaters are banned? It's impossible. Well, I mean, there's Barmin Patch, but we don't want to ban all cheaters via banning all players completely. It's physically impossible to have a universal bot detection. Also it's an old game with little budget and a good anti-cheating protection requires very expensive specialists who know the technologies used for botting very well. As well as some powerful user tracking, analysts and data scientists. Still, majority of cheaters are being caught because vast majority of them don't really know how their cheats work or what footprint they leave behind.
What you call cheaters may be just hardcore players. Maybe some tricks like having the game opened at all times on a dedicated screen to be able to see attacks. I used to know people who would play like that many years ago. Although really, writing a script that would issue a sound on every attack is an extremely trivial task considering the way certain parts of the game are implemented. Again, it's a very old game, using ancient technology. They probably didn't even know of Selenium back then. Not sure if it even existed. Even if it did, its API wasn't as good as it is now for sure. It's difficult to improve a game's protection if it uses old technologies without Selenium and testing frameworks in mind.
In short: there's pretty much nothing that can be done about it. Admins don't want players to know that it is possible to remain undetected, so they just prohibit talking about the problem. Well, to avoid more people trying cheats and getting banned.
Just like in real life, it is possible to get away with even a terrible crime. Yes, it is possible to continuously cheat and remain undetected. BUT! It requires profound low-level knowledge and, to be honest, it actually requires a lot of effort. You don't wanna commit crimes in real life? Same here. Do people commit crimes? They do. Majority gets caught. Some get away. No government has yet got to the perfection.
Talking about bots. Even Google can't deal with them. They lose millions of dollars on Adwords monthly directly due to being unable to detect bots with 100% precision without hindering the user experience vastly.
Sorry, I'm just trying to bring a little bit of clarity here. Trying to show that the problem is not trivial to solve and the moderators/admins should not be blamed for sure.
I was with ya until you got here. No. People aren't allowed to accuse of cheating/discuss bans on here because it leads to a toxic flame war between parties. We allowed cheating accusations and ban discussions for a short period a while ago and it was an absolutely terrible idea. So now that you've been corrected there, I'll address your other fallacy. There is something that can be done about it. You're making it seem like there is black or white here...The GOs either ban whoever they want or they don't ban at all. No. They ban people after gathering a heap of factual evidence. Game Forge requires this because money has become involved, and thus turned this game into a transaction. Y'all apparently seem to think this is town hall justice here. Gather round the townsfolk and lets hang us some cheaters. No. Proof is required, and lots of it. No, I don't mean "hey dude he has been on for 150 hours straight. Sorry, how do you know?