Quote:Using cheats is not a problem for challenge scores since they don't get submitted when you activate them. The real "problem" are user created mods that we have no control over.
If you use cheats in an online challenge, you can still submit your highscore. This is obvious since most of the top scores in the "best player in the world challenge" are like 21 million. It's pretty difficult to achieve a legitimate score of over 400,000. So clearly people are cheating and the scores are being saved...
Since the point of my challenge is to establish the best player in the world based on highscore, the ability to cheat ruins it. What other purpose does a "highscore" system hold other then to establish who is the winner?
Quote:The question is do we really want to close the game to an extend where both modding and cheating is impossible or do we understand that people want to have that option and can look past some people using mods to boost their score (which are usually easily identifiable as being non-legit)?
I understand what your saying. If people enjoy using cheat codes to play then that's fine. Normally this applies to single player only.
I think it would be reasonable to have the option of disabling cheating in online challenges. By default, cheating could be left on. But if for some reason you decided your challenge should be free of cheating it could be toggled off in the settings.
Also i disagree that it is always easy to spot cheating. I'd say it's pretty hard to break 400,000 in my challenge without cheating but i can't say it's impossible. What if someone got 430,000 highscore and became the #1 player? People might debate weather they cheated or not. What if someone cheated only once in their game? They just gave themselves a little $100,000 boost at the start?
At highly competitive levels, the possibility of cheating must be completely removed.
I'm not saying Tropico is highly competitive. I'm not forcing people to be competitive. But i think it's obvious from the number of plays this challenge has received that Tropico players long for a competitive, definitive hall of fame.
Ever since I played Tropico 1, I've longed for a real hall of fame. The reason we play multiplayer games is to compete. So let's make a cheat free way to compete!