Neon white leaderboards occupied by scammers

Neon White sinks into the sea in Neon White.

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Like clockwork: the game launched with a strong competitive element…and was immediately overwhelmed by players who quickly reached the top through nefarious, unsanctioned means (in other words, cheaters).The most recent victim is neon whitea multi-genre speedrun game developed by Angel Matrix and published by Annapurna Interactive.

What’s most curious about this cheating scourge? neon white Is there already a formal way to seriously cut down on your time – no cheating required. neon whiteostensibly a first-person shooter, but Arguably more of a fast-paced puzzle platformer, built around bite-sized levels you can complete in a minute or less. Your goal is to run to the finish line as fast as possible, killing all enemies along the way. If you go fast enough, you’ll get an “Ace” medal showing the online leaderboard for that level.

It’s simple, but most levels have a shortcut: if you use the right weapon at the right time, you can skip entire clips, saving valuable time.part of the joy neon white Replaying the level to find and execute shortcuts. (If you missed it, check it out Zach Anthem why it’s fun to find them.) These shortcuts are why you sometimes see a difference (5 or even 10 second gap) between the ranking on the leaderboard and the top ranking. Taking a place in the upper echelon requires knowing the shortcuts of the level and nailing it perfectly.

These shortcuts are noHowever, behind the extreme outliers has caught the attention of players.

last week, just a few days later neon white released, a player joking Each rank at the top of the leaderboard is occupied by a player with a runtime of 0.06 seconds (not possible for any level in the game).other point out A player named Nosee dubiously clocked a similar 15-second time in all levels neon whiteThe eighth task of ; for one of the levels, Nosee’s first place was 16 seconds behind the rest of the top ten. There is almost no way to get points through official shortcuts. If there was an official shortcut, players might have figured it out by now and shared it widely. on the Steam Forums, a group of speed runners lamented how many players had so-called impossible times and how they prevented legitimate players from taking well-deserved world records. (Someone quoted the adage, “If there is competition, there will be liars.”)

It’s unclear exactly how some players cheated. But even if I knew, I wouldn’t say it. Until Angel Matrix rolls out a fix, telling the exact method of cheating may only irritate copycats.

The cheating problem has reached a point where the player base has accepted it, and a patchwork, community-driven solution has been developed with the best players in the game, re-ranking them to accommodate cheaters. in this clipFor example, one player clocked a staggering 26.85 seconds in the “Forgotten City” level.although neon whiteThe leaderboard officially lists them as tenth, with players (rightfully) taking ninth, as the top ones have a time that can only be earned by cheating.

Representatives of the Angel Matrix tell small house The studio is investigating neon whitecheating problem but reject cFurther comments. In the meantime, I think I have a solution: Guys, don’t fucking cheat, come on!


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