The video below has gained significant interest among Elden Ring fans and websites over the past few days, showing a hacker entering Elden Ring games via PvP and essentially burning down a house with ridiculous spells. This hacker is also a long-time favorite of the Souls community: Malcolm Reynolds, who calls himself “famous Souls hacker” Malcolm Reynolds. He has been brewing the urine of the Chosen Undead, the Ashen Ones, and now the Tainted Ones for many years.
Reynolds is a troll and while he certainly has some technical talent,
Everything he does should be viewed with that in mind. So this latest video, set to “Rama Lama Ding Dong,” shows him clicking a box labeled “aiming tutorial” – aiming happens when the sniper takes aim at one spot and waits for the target to approach them. He then clicks on the box that says “This will ban them” with an emoticon added as a smiley face. HM. You then see his character incinerate other players and, according to Reynolds, “soft ban” them in the process, placing them in a pool of “cheating” players and limiting online privileges. There is no evidence that players are banned.
What is undeniably true is that Reynolds uses Cheat Engine modified spells that have feral effects:
He’ll take something like Surge, O Flame, which fires a steady stream of fire from the character’s hand and then makes the stream much longer. what should be and cause explosions? None of these players stand a chance against this kind of bullshit, and our hacker villain is laughing at it. So he’s definitely cheating and having a good time. Do players really get a softban? This isn’t the first softban controversy surrounding FromSoftware’s game and hackers, and it’s not the first time Malcolm Reynolds has been implicated in one.
The very concept of a soft ban is rather dubious.
I’ve been into these games for a long time and have seen the softban controversy flare up over and over again: the only thing is that you almost never see any evidence that it’s actually happening. Although there is no doubt that people use these cheat engines to enter other people’s games and wreak havoc (hell, Dark Souls III even has a popular mod that cleanly fights cheaters), it seems that their “powers” for lack of a better term can be (and often are) exaggerated.
And, of course, the troll tends not only to exaggerate but also to frankly fabricate. Nothing Reynolds says to the media should be taken at face value, though he was interviewed by Rock Paper Shotgun some time ago, which had an interesting digression about the soft ban (which then, as now, caused a bit of panic). in the community).
“I’m doing it [softbanning]just not the way people say I can,” Reynolds told RPS in 2018. “There are just a few small ways that you can mark a person’s survival, and it’s not just about hitting them or entering their world. “But yes, soft banning is definitely a real thing. It’s just not as easy as people make it out to be… People who play Dark Souls know so little about the game they’re playing, but it’s so easy to spread rumors. I have never claimed to ban anyone. People have done it for me.”
Part of the game plan is just to piss people off by saying ridiculous things,
And I have to admit that Reynolds is pretty good at that. The guy is cheating because he thinks it’s funny, and pretending it’s inspired by FromSoftware’s desire to fight to cheat is kind of a sideshow that makes it even funnier. “I am a necessary evil,” he told Kotaku about this current video. “You may ask if the hit is part of the plan, and yes, it is. If I make it, will the game die? I don’t think so, but maybe Bandai will fix it. It’s time to move to mobile devices.”After giving Kotak such quotes, Reynolds downloaded them from his Discord (“had to get rid of him before he knew the truth”) and began to have fun with his assistants. “I think the best part is that everyone thinks I’m trying to be a white-hat hacker or something. I say this to interviewers.”
This guy is undeniably a top-notch asshole, but lying about it makes sense: the more people get mad at them, the more they worry about it or argue about his motives, the more he’s a troll. He’s no doubt pulling some tricky stuff in Elden Ring, but the idea that this is something the average player should worry about, or that he’s banning players by the hundreds… that remains to be seen, and you need more hard evidence than text field in Cheat Engine.