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Warhawk Patch Accompanied By Squad of Secret Undercover BanMonkeys Who Have A Scary Logo and Codenames and Everything

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Sony has this post on their PlayStation.Blog site from Warhawk’s Director, Dylan Jobe. He outlines the problems of the last few months and gives a bit of an update on where they are at with the Warhawk server issues. I’ve noticed that it has improved considerably over the weeks, a little slower than I would have liked but they would probably say the same thing. However not all bugs are squashed so they shall be deploying the last salvo of insecticide via client-side patch sometime soon, bringing Warhawk to 1.1. But forget that, it’s this part that caught my interest:

A few weeks ago one of our mods made a post on the Warhawk forums letting people know that kind of behavior will not be tolerated. That was just a warning. Now, to protect the Warhawk community and preserve the legitimacy of our worldwide leader boards, I am announcing the existence of the Warhawk Arbiters. These are members of our online services groups in both the US and Europe that will be overseeing the leader boards, community stats and will also be “in the trenches” joining game servers for first-hand observation. Their PSN account names will remain a secret. They have the authority to warn players, call a player out to prove his or her skills, or render judgment … think Judge Dredd.

Judgment can take many forms, an email warning, forum post, a kick, temporary/permanent ban, or the Warhawk Arbiters can request your Warhawk stats be “cleansed.”

That is awesome. So much more interesting than the boring report-and-mute Xbox Live policing. They have agents, with powers, who will fuck your shit up if you cheat or grief people incessantly. I fully endorse this method for future online games. They are among us, and they are watching… watching with those creepy green glowy orbs, peeking out from under their faux-Roman-neo-futuristic helmet.

UPDATE (Oct.22) - wow, that was fast. Now they’re already talking about Warhawk 1.2.

There are some really nice features in the bullet list (emphasis mine):

Patch v1.2 includes:

  • 5 New layouts.
  • Clan game server option.
  • Buddy slot reservations.
  • Integrated Warhawk Store.
  • Updated CTF capture/return behavior.
  • Internal stat padder protection.
  • Booster Pack status display at join game list.
  • DualShock3 integration.
  • Separate SIXAXIS motion control on/off per mode (ground, hover, flight).
  • Detailed Player Score display at end of game fixed.
  • Added new server type filters (player, ranked, dedicated, clan, Official Warhawk, etc).
  • Added new server full/open filter.
  • Fall damage exploit fixed.
  • Dismount into walls exploit fixed.
  • Invisible Tank, Turret & Warhawk exploit fixed. (what the… yikes! -ng)
  • Auto-kick of idle players.
  • Add to Favorites button added to end game screen.
  • Increased VOIP volume when not using headset.

Looks solid.

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One response to “Warhawk Patch Accompanied By Squad of Secret Undercover BanMonkeys Who Have A Scary Logo and Codenames and Everything”

  1. I WANA BE A BANMONKEY ARBITER DOOM TYPE GUY …

    “Wrong, Do it again!”
    “If you don’t eat yer meat, you can’t have any pudding. How can you
    have any pudding if you don’t eat yer meat?”
    “You! Yes, you behind the bikesheds, stand still laddy!”

    WEEE.

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