Welcome back aboard the airship, folks!
*Maleficent voice* “Well, well…” I was going to initially write about Steam’s Summer Sale and let you all know of the ridiculous price cuts on the Sonic games, just in case you wanted to get your gaming on before Sonic Mania drops on August 15th. Two things happened that changed up my game plan. First, I found out that I’m a day late and a dollar short (as usual), meaning that I missed the damn sale. Second, I came across a series of other articles that kept talking about Valve banning over 40,000 accounts! Dude, I could not pass this up! So, I’m still going to tell you to load up on your Sonic games if you haven’t already and get your lives until Sonic Mania drops. Now with that out of the way, let’s get into the tea…
All I am going to say is that Valve did THAT! Valve has transcended to levels of pettiness that only a select few such as Drake, Joanne the Scammer, and Blac Chyna have accomplished. First and foremost, in case you didn’t know, Valve is a video game developer and Steam is the digital distribution platform that they created that enables PC users to download a metric f*ck ton of games from the past and present. Think of them in terms of Valve is Apple and Steam is iTunes.
Now with that out of the way, Steam has just recently concluded their Summer Sale, which usually leaves people struggling to pay bills for the rest of the month because the deals are just so damn good! The sale ran from June 22nd to July 5th and per the usual, everyone and their mama was taking advantage of the ridiculous deals that were going on! But the gag is, as soon as the calendar rolled over to July 6th, accounts that had been monitored for cheating received a VAC (Valve Anti-Cheat – Valve’s method of checking for “enhancements” on user’s computers/games that are using it’s servers) ban rendering their new purchases practically useless!
The cheating/hacking happened on VAC servers which, wasn’t the most intelligent thing for the cheaters to do. Why not take that to an unprotected server? With the ban in place, gamers that have been banned will not be able to use VAC servers (which a ton of popular multi-player games use), can’t gift the games purchased to other accounts, and can’t sell or trade item, such as skins.
A common practice for cheaters is to purchase multiple accounts and when one account gets banned they move over to the next game. VAC bans typically average between 3,000 and 4,000 a day. The largest ban before this one was a little over 15,000 back in October of 2016. It has been theorized that a lot of the bans were from people owning multiple accounts that were created to take advantage of the cheap games and then work on different cheats/exploits for the games.
I honestly think what Valve did was awesome. They pretty much ensured that they got all of their coins from the sale and then straight up access denied all of the people that were banned. Furthermore, they banned them at the end of the sale as opposed to anywhere before that, so they could not just make other accounts and continue taking advantage of the sale. I’m not mad at that one bit, honestly. Why hack and cheat the game? Where is the fun in that? If you want to have all the hacks, set up a group where you all can go and do that crap on a non VAC server.
Alright, you guys… I’ll see you aboard the airship soon!