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Bethesda removing bans for players who write an essay on cheating

Published: 18:20, 26 December 2018
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Those who got banned in Fallout 76 for using hacks to gain an unfair advantage over other players will have a chance to redeem themselves. Apparently, Bethesda are ready to remove bans for players who write an essay on why cheating is bad.

Recently a small ban wave locked many Fallout 76 accounts which were suspected for cheating in Bethesda's online RPG. Of course, many of these accounts were indeed cheating, but some players also reported that their accounts were banned just for using the third-party program on top of the game.

However, Bethesda are giving a second chance to those who got banned. To get their accounts restored, players will have to do a bit of homework. To be more precise, the developer requires that cheaters write an essay on why cheating is bad.

This bit of info is coming from multiple players who got banned and were notified of Bethesda's offer via email. "If you would like to appeal this account closure, we would be willing to accept an essay on why the use of third-party cheat software is detrimental to an online game community, for our management team to review," was written in Bethesda's email.

While some players won't bother with Bethesda's offer, others will certainly appreciate it, and for us, this is actually one of the good moves from the developer since Fallout 76 launched. Still, we would love to see some homework from Bethesda on their bad decisions which resulted in such a disappointing game.

Maybe an essay on why rushing your games could be bad for sale numbers? Or communication with the Fallout community as a key ingredient for a successful game? It would be great if Bethesda would actually learn from their own mistakes, just like they're trying to teach their community to learn from theirs.

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Those who got wrongfully banned are not a minority and some of them said that the only thing they're guilty of is the use of software like MSI Afterburner which allows you to track FPS, CPU and GPU usage, temperatures and core clocks. Others got banned for recording gameplay with OBS and Bethesda also didn't have mercy for players who used to fix some of the game's issues.

All in all, It will be interesting to see if any essays surface to Reddit or other gaming forums in the next couple of weeks. For more Fallout 76 info, check out Bethesda's Christmas to all Fallout 76 players.

Bethesda's Fallout 76 releasing on 14 November 2018

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During the E3 this year we had a chance to see Todd Howard present the new Fallout 76 where he talked about the location, map size and more. Beta was announced for early summer while the official release will be happening 14 November 2018.

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