Using eyeballs is cheating.
Based on the forums, anything that a vocal minority of hardcore PvPers doesn’t like is considered cheating. Even if they use it themselves (like the old Engineering exploit).Bye now we all know every pvper is a cheater and FDevs doesn't care ~Joke
But really , I use button mapping software in Elite(and other games) , so i can use all 20 Buttons on my glorious RGB gaming mouse that ED wont naturally let me use, am i an unwitting hacker? and if not now, will i be?
That's just the hacking subset of cheating.IMHO, cheating is manipulation of code, or network traffic. So, trainers and combat logging, or traffic shaping.
I'd definitely consider that cheating, and it's likely that Frontier would as well.So... when I used the button-mapping feature of my keyboard to automatically sell 250t of biowaste 1t at a time with a single keypress, when testing to see if this was actually a broken aspect of the BGS or not (which it was; target faction lost 30% influence overnight)... that was legit right?
Corollary: Context and intent matters a lot, not just the capability involved.
In Frontier's opinion as well, if it's used to any in-game advantage.In your opinion....
Anything that gives an unfair and unintended advantage is a cheat, by definition. Exploits, in this sense, would certainly qualify.I believe Frontier always called it an exploit. So the ultimate (but pointless) question is if you consider cheating and exploiting to be the same thing.
I take exception to that. Maybe you meant having a keyboard?Using a PC is cheating.
it is an interesting one this... my 1st reaction is, of course its NOT cheating!!! but then OTOH I have seen players in competitive FPSers call for other players to be banned for using macros for super fast firing in weapons which were balanced by the fact of how fast the player could physically shoot whilst aiming at the same time and in that instance i would say that IS cheating, .... but technically it is the same thing i think.I would not see mapping an in game control to a device as cheating. You are not changing the game in some way that was not intended.
Changing the game in an unintended way is cheating. Scripting to change statistics is cheating. Using an exploit to circumvent the normal game functions (like the 5/1 engineering exploit) is cheating.