Developers take note, mark this one down as crap that won’t make your game any better.

A popular Ark: Survival Evolved content creator, H.O.D GAMING, recently uploaded a video exposing a well known glitch in the game. We should note that H.O.D isn’t the only creator who has covered this. In fact with a quick search you can find many videos that expose this “meshing” glitch.

The Glitch

Referred to as “meshing”, there are area’s to explore, and combinations of actions a player can take to break through the environment. Meshing allows a player to travel around outside of the maps playable area.

Off the bat this clearly gives players an unfair advantage over others. How can you engage with an enemy player when they are able to roll up on you without being seen?

I should note that I have not played ARK and don’t plan on it. So forgive me if my description isn’t game accurate. Albeit, anybody who watches the video H.O.D allegedly got banned for can tell that this “glitch” isn’t something you want in the game.

Not only did I watch multiple players demonstrate the various ways they’ve encountered the glitch. In the video you can see players setting up bases and using items while out of the play area!

Here is the video that H.O.D Gaming claims got them GLOBALLY BANNED from ARK servers by WildCard

Just a few of the comments we found on this video to give you the community perspective:

Wildcard fix the game ? nah dont even think about it

I thought chairs and sleepingbags were strictly for meshing?

Devs: instead of fixing this let’s just ban hud

The Ban

As of posting this blog, the video exposing this glitch had only been up for 1 day. The same exact day H.O.D Gaming uploaded a video of their global ban. That means they were banned by the Ark: Survival Evolved developer less than 24 hours after posting.

Since when has a developer ever gotten anything done that fast?

This isn’t like the old days where once your game was shipped, there’s no way to update it. Those days have been long gone. Developers have the ability to constantly update their games. Meaning if the community finds a glitch, devs have the opportunity to patch it. Simple, right?

Of course we understand that it may take more than a day or two to fix a broken game mechanic. Yea it sucks when people figure out how to exploit an error and use it to their advantage. But this is the world we live in. There are gamers that LIVE for breaking your game. Developers shouldn’t be punishing these people. If anything they should be hiring them.

What makes this case even more interesting is that it seems all of the players exposing the glitch we’re doing it because they thoroughly enjoy the game and want to see it fixed. Understandable.

These players weren’t cheating. They didn’t even show themselves exploiting the glitch beyond recognizing how to trigger it.

In Conclusion…

The fact that this happened is sad. I can’t think of any reason this ban is acceptable given what we know. WildCard may have been embarrassed having this epic, experience breaking glitch exposed. If that was the case they should have contacted H.O.D Gaming and asked nicely to remove the video while they work on a fix.

Instead it looks like WildCard decided to take the low road and just BAN an active content creator who has uploaded nothing but ARK: SURVIVAL EVOLVED content the past year.

Congratulations WildCard, you’ve gone from a few upset players in your community to the poster child of shitty game developer responses.

Ahhh, the perks of being a PlayStation Plus member are oh so good.

It’s become customary that every few months, Fortnite players who have a PlayStation Plus membership receive exclusive in-game items. The newest exclusive: Carbon Pack is now available as a free download.

The Fortnite PlayStation Plus Carbon Pack includes:

Carbon Commando Outfit

PS Plus Exclusive Carbon Pack Skin

Carbon Commando Backbling

PS Plus Exclusive Carbon Pack Backbling

Sticking with the PlayStation blue this Fortnite Skin is like a special ops Jonsey. Full blue face mask, carbon fiber padding and a sweet night vision helmet only me one thing. This skin will be in the rotation.

Source: PlayStation Store

Bangalore is regarded as one of the best legends in Apex, her passive allows her to run faster when being attacked, she has blinding smoke that can disorient her enemies, and last but not least her ultimate lays down a barrage of ballistic missiles that explode a couple of seconds after impact.

Starting off with the most misused abilities in the game. I often see players not utilizing Bangalore’s passive the way it was meant to be used. More often than not, people will get shot at and bring up their scope while looking for the enemy, wasting the passive completely and getting themselves killed. As soon as you see that passive icon pop, you sprint, even if you think you’re in the best possible position, you still need to move.

After all, there’s a reason why you got shot in the first place, being shot at means the enemy is confident enough in their position to move up on you. Either that or they’re total monkeys, you’re welcome to take that 50/50 but don’t be upset if it doesn’t work in your favor.

Next up is the Bangalore smokescreen, another great ability that’s often misused. Never use it offensively.

There are only two scenarios in which you use it offensively, which is if you and your team have digital threats and can see through smoke, or you have a bloodhound who is using his ultimate. Using your smokescreen in a fight offensively without these two things is very stupid and will get you killed.

Another rule is never assume you’re safe in your smoke, one of the last places you wanna be is inside your smoke, unable to see, reviving a teammate or trying to gun someone down, it will not work, only do this in dire situations. This is the one place your enemies will assume you are, and they will hunt for you accordingly.

Use your smokescreen strictly for defense, for example if a teammate is running from a fight and is taking damage, help them out with a smokescreen. You can also throw down a smokescreen to play mind game. If you have a teammate down but they can get to cover, pop a smoke in another direction, behind another rock, another building, anything to throw the enemy off. Even if it doesn’t work, it’s a lot better to try rather then show the enemy exactly where you’re going.

Last but not least, one of the most underrated ultimate abilities in Apex Legends. I’m not claiming Bangalore’s ultimate is the best in the game but it is certainly not as bad as people claim. One of the best ways to use it is to either push people away from you, or towards you, whatever the case calls for.

Most people just say “oh you can walk right out of Bangalore’s ultimate” which is very much the case, however what if it’s thrown behind you, with a bloodthirsty team right in front of you? Then it’s not so easy to run from.

Now that we covered all the tricks with Bangalore let’s make a scenario.

Imagine you and your team get flanked. Don’t turn around, run to the nearest cover, then turn to toss a smoke for your teammates. If you chose to a fight have your teammates get to cover then open fire, if the team stops advancing and you have your ultimate up you need to make a move.

If you think you can beat the team, throw your ultimate just behind them, you want the edge of the missiles to be pressuring them to either move up or take the hits. If the missiles connect into hits, you and your team rush them and take them easily.

Today Apple revealed it’s launching a mobile game subscription based service coming “this fall” for iOS, Mac and Apple TV.

Naturally they nailed the name of this new service, Apple Arcade.

Apple Arcade will be a subscription accessible through an all new tab in the App Store. Available “this fall” on any iOS, Mac or Apple TV device you’ll be able to access over 100 premium games.

These games will be “ad-free with no additional purchases” necessary. That means no micro-transactions. No virtual currency available to purchase. No additional levels for sale. Just a pure gaming experience.

Apple Arcade promises over 100 New & Exclusive games, that are not available on any other platform. Working with developers and publishers such as Sega, Devolver, Konami, Lego and Cartoon Network there will be plenty of games available across genres.

apple arcade developers publishers

With no-limit on downloads gamers will have no restrictions on trying something new, where traditionally a paid app may have not been played.  

Apple put out a nice preview of what sort of games we can expect to see on the Arcade and it looks like Sonic is joining the party:

Multi-device sharing will let you pause a game on your iPhone and pick up right where you left off on your Apple TV. Family sharing will also be available, along with parental controls such as screen time.

Another big point Apple stressed was Privacy. They stated that games “can’t collect any data to sell” or “track you in game without consent”. With the ever-growing problem of personal data collection and tracking, it’s refreshing to see Apple stick to put this upfront and set a standard.

We’ll be covering Apple Arcade and any new details we learn leading up to the mobile game service launch in Fall 2019.