Angry GRID Players Get Some Answers
GRID players on Xbox 360 have likely taken notice by now, but for those who aren’t aware, Codemasters recently wiped clean all ranks and leaderboards due to widespread cheating. While things like fastest lap times and other stats were maintained, many legitimate players lost their hard-earned ranks as a result of the reset.
“Resetting the leaderboards was a no-brainer; the players that are capable of consistently posting legitimately great times will be able to do so again,” wrote one fan on the Codemasters forums. “But resetting the Ranks?!?!?!?! Yes, some players have probably gotten Elite and/or Legend with the help of the brown screen glitch and other glitches, but some people, like myself, worked REALLY Hard to get the Rank we HAD.”
Codemasters has since responded with some answers, although I doubt they’ll make it any easier for hardcore players to swallow the reset.
“Given the number of reports we’ve had of people abusing the ranking system to get unfair ranks, it was only fair that we did a reset,” said Codemasters’ Rich Tysoe.
“It’s never an easy decision to make, and we’d rather it hadn’t come to this, but changes in the patch should make gaining those ranking points back fairer.
“We’d like to think that people play online for the fun of it, not so much the amassing of points, but if you find yourself in this sort of situation, it’s the fairest solution.”
It’s a difficult decision to make, as you can imagine. Is it better to let the cheaters get away so that you don’t affect the other players, or would it be better to pull everyone back to square one and force the cheaters to play like everyone else? I can see why some would pick one answer over the other, but as with any decision, you can never make everyone happy.