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Steam Banning Innocent MW2 Players, Maybe

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Modern Warfare 2 gamers cry innocent after Valve's Anti-Cheat software permanently kicks them out of the game.

Is Valve banning innocent gamers? That's what disgruntled Modern Warfare 2 gamers have been claiming over the past week. Apparently Valve's Anti-Cheat software (VAC)--built into Steam--is kicking out MW2 gamers for alleged cheats.

The problem is that these gamers say they weren’t cheating, and Valve's stance--past and present-- is that it will not revoke or discuss the reason behind the banning. This alone makes it difficult to determine the "cheat" that actually triggered the VAC.

Angry Modern Warfare 2 players can be found (and read) in four places: the Modern Warfare 2 forums, the Steam forums, an invite-only Steam Group, and even via a YouTube video showcasing the actual error and various rants of the forums.

"It's becoming apparent that a large number of people are being affected by VAC bans in relation to MW2," reads one post. "These VAC bans are not because we are cheaters, but because we have been a victim of bad software implantation, sourcing from either VAC or MW2 or a combination of the two. If we make ourselves heard, then hopefully Valve will investigate this issue and prevent others being affected."

Currently Valve hasn't issued a statement, however the sheer number of banned users should promote some kind of investigation. There's speculation that a conflict between Modern Warfare 2 and VAC exists, however forum representatives are saying that the issue can't be fixed. Those who were hit by the VAC will need to repurchase the game in order to play it again.

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    proletarian , 27 July 2010 09:15
    well, MW2 on pc is actually full of cheats. how else can one be shot by a player standing on the other side of a brick wall?

    that'll learn em.
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    malphas , 27 July 2010 10:56
    I've always thought Valve's hardheaded attitude towards VAC bans was stupid beyond belief, and morally wrong. (No personal experience with it, since I don't play games multiplayer.)
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    DavC , 27 July 2010 14:47
    i'm not defending Valve here, but having played MW2 on the PC, it's obvious something needs to be done to stop the cheats that spoil the game for everyone else.

    and i dont doubt that some people have innocently been caught. but i'd be suprised if many of the guilty cheaters are not claiming innocence too.
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    echris , 27 July 2010 15:14
    I got an email today:


    Recently, your Steam account was erroneously banned from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.

    This was our mistake, and I apologize for any frustration or angst it may have caused you.

    The problem was that Steam would fail a signature check between the disk version of a DLL and a latent memory version. This was caused by a combination of conditions occurring while Steam was updating the disk image of a game. This wasn't a game-specific mistake. Steam allows us to manage and reverse these erroneous bans (about 12,000 erroneous bans over two weeks).

    We have reversed the ban, restoring your access to the game. In addition, we have given you a free copy of Left 4 Dead 2 to give as a gift on Steam, plus a free copy for yourself if you didn't already own the game.

    To share your extra copy of Left 4 Dead 2 with a friend, you can 'Manage Gifts and Guest Passes' from the 'Games' Menu in Steam, or visit this article on the Steam Support site for detailed instructions:

    To access your own copy of Left 4 Dead 2, visit your library of games in Steam. If you didn't already own the game, it will now be listed among your others there, and is available for download immediately.

    Gabe Newell
    President, Valve"

    Great service by steam
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    hemburger , 27 July 2010 15:49
    proletarianwell, MW2 on pc is actually full of cheats. how else can one be shot by a player standing on the other side of a brick wall?that'll learn em.

    uhhh... full metal jacket would solve that problem.. lol
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    DavC , 27 July 2010 17:08
    nice response from there echris. I wonder if everyone has received that email, including people who have genuinely been caught cheating?

    hemburgeruhhh... full metal jacket would solve that problem.. lol

    yes but when your at the other side of a wall, across a map, and there's no possible way that someone on the other team could pin point your location, they pull out a sniper rifle with FMJ and get you in a single headshot... there is obviously some cheating going on.
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    flaminggerbil , 27 July 2010 20:52
    hemburgeruhhh... full metal jacket would solve that problem.. lol

    Tell that to the people using an RPD with FMJ who just sit in the corner of a map getting perfect wallshots.

    Although I've not seen one of them in a while, so I guess VAC is starting to work, possibly..
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