Mezamorphis—if someone with the same profile name is asking for Rust hacks… well… that’s pretty obvious incriminating evidence, haha. Though, I’ve seen a lot of cases where it’s “Oh, a profile name similar to yours is talking about hacks, so you’re a hacker!” These are the cases I’m talking about.
elixwhitetail, there are 4 groups of people who are VAC banned from Rust.
- People who did not cheat and who contacted Steam.
- People who did cheat and who contacted Steam.
- People who did not cheat and came to Facepunch forums.
- People who did cheat and came to Facepunch forums.
The only data we have available to us is the combined number of the last two groups. That is, people who either did or did not cheat and came to Facepunch forums. Personally, if I was VAC banned from a game, I would contact Steam. When that ban is revoked, the last thing I would think of is “I should take a screenshot of this.” The very last thing I would think of is “I should go to the developer forums and post my screenshot.”
In order to see a screenshot of a reversed VAC ban for Rust, you’d have to appeal to a pretty small subset of people: Those people who did not cheat and came to Facepunch forums, who then contacted Steam, got their ban revoked, and decided to screenshot it and post it on Facepunch. Now that’s what seems pretty improbable.
Let’s consider, now, a person in this small subset. Said person probably doesn’t know much about hacking or why they get banned (exemplified by the fact that they come to the Facepunch forums after getting banned instead of contacting Steam). What if, after thinking of why they might have been banned, the only thing they can think of is “Well, I did glitch through a door. I bet that’s why!”
I understand that some (probably most) people are lying, and that VAC is probably pretty accurate—but this does not justify the pretty awful behavior towards people who are banned, no more than it justifies spitting on someone who was arrested and asking for help just because they were arrested.
There are so many factors that we’re ignorant of, making too many assumptions is… well, bad, and doesn’t really help anyone, anywhere, even that small subset of people who did not cheat and come to Facepunch .
[editline]29th March 2014[/editline]
Sorry, 4 groups of people who are VAC banned and try to get unbanned. I’m not sure how many people get banned and say “Whelp, fuck it” for whatever reason, and either buy a new copy or just don’t bother playing anymore.