Official: Alt-scouting is NOT cheating on Tiberian Sun
July 6, 2013
Ever since Strike-Team / XWIS took over the Tiberian Sun servers it’s been assumed that alt-scouting is cheating under XWIS rules. How this came about is unclear, though it seems likely there has been a case of crossed-wires over the years with many of the early admins assuming that Tiberian Sun and Red Alert 2 are essentially the same game – that a rule for one should apply to the other.
However, following a rather discussion in the Strike-Team staff section I can officially announce that alt-scouting on Tiberian Sun is not cheating. Though some players may consider it a ‘cheap’ tactic, the alt function is now once again a legitimate form of scouting.
What does this mean for TS?
On a practical level, the reinstatement of alt-scouting won’t change the game at all – well, not for Terrace players at least. On larger maps, and mod maps however, I think there will be a subtle shift.
Back when Firestorm was popular, alt-scouting was used quite regularly, especially by Nod players who lack GDI’s more accessible and diverse scouting options. Experience tells us that while some players won’t change their mind to encompass alt-scouting (after all, some players still think Cyborgs are the only choice), on the larger maps and mod maps especially I foresee some of the more canny players opting for an early alt-scout to open the opposite team more swiftly. This in turn should then impact upon the build meta of players, especially those playing Giants of War (GOW) who will be forced to make a decision on how many SAMs to build early on to counter this scout. While I see this as being ultimately a good thing to encourage a lot more diversity in Giants of War (GOW) games, the cynic in me tells me that any use of alt-scouting will lead to someone calling foul-play. At the very least it will see ‘no alt’ added to the long list of rules that some players like to impose upon other players.
To many of us older, more ‘veteran’ players, TS should be a game without rules. As long as you don’t cheat (no trainers), and don’t exploit obvious bugs and glitches (infinite FS for example) then you should be free to use whatever strategy you like. As such this new clarity from Strike-Team is a positive thing in my mind. It’s just a shame that it’s come a little shock to others.
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