Rather than launch into a series of accusations and witch hunts, I’d like to have this point discussed and clarified.
Automation. The use of programs, scripts, or macros to do tasks in a game repeatedly, usually faster than a human can, and effectively indefinitely. Is this considered cheating?
I would think so, personally, but I’ve also read in the forums that some find this debatable. At the very least, it’s making the players who don’t use it unable to compete in events like Survival Road. I say this because it’s happening in my region now. There are at least 2 players in my region who I know have admitted to using automation, one of which is winning the current Survival Road Tournament, and is also the top ranked player in SR in general.
If it’s not cheating, and humans can’t compete, should we all start automating? If it is cheating, what can we do to prevent it? The cheat report email, while comforting, implies the support team, which has a track record of misunderstanding the requests and information given to them by players, is handling the investigations.
I’ve seen the Scopely team take action, though. Reversing the cheated weapons was one such action. Before that, I reported an animation bug in the beta group that Redheadwalker passed onto the animators and had fixed pretty quickly. I even saw a Dev from the beta group personally restore an account that had been lost to a player who was at her wits end trying to get help from the support team emails. I know you guys are looking out for us. I’ve seen it.
So again, is automation cheating, and if so, what can we do to really help the situation?