One of the most annoying parts which has been with several Battlefield games, including BF2, BF2142 and Bad Company 2, has been the anti-cheat software Punkbuster. The Internet is filled with anecdotes of just how awful the software is, and support forums constantly light up with new issues, with players been kicked randomly for Punkbuster issues. On top of that, Punkbuster has never been known for preventing many hacks and exploits in the first place.
The issues with Punkbuster and its developer, Even Balance, goes deeper than just minor annoyances. A lot of gamers have experienced being banned for no apparent reason, and because Punkbuster can now ban hardware IDs, it means that the user has to buy new hardware (like hard drive and CPU), in order to play again. If a player uses Steam for instance, which features Valve’s VAC system, it can interfere with Punkbuster. What’s worse is that Valve tried to reach out to Even Balance to work on the issue, but Even Balance refused.
We find it surprising that a developer of DICE’s caliber and talent does not make their own anti-cheat software. After all, who knows the game better than the developer?
Punkbuster is aging technology that doesn’t work, has frequent false positives, inhibits gameplay and is simply annoying. It’s about time DICE made their own anti-cheat software for Battlefield 3.
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