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Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.>
If so, which version did you play? Team Fortress 2 has changed so much during its lifetime that it might have been a tight, retrospectively austere cartoon multiplayer shooter that valued teamwork, or a cavalcade of wacky weaponry and that seems more geared towards chaos than consideration.
LMAOBOX is a program designed to allow players to cheat at Team Fortress 2, for instance by adding automatic aiming or removing weapon recoil. Somehow until now at least it's managed to pass under the radar of Valve's VAC (Valve Anti-Cheat) technology, but LMAOBOX has finally been detected, despite claims on that it was VAC-proof. And with the detection, comes a wave of VAC bans. It's not clear exactly how many people have been affected, but it includes nearly 170 professional players in the TF2 UGC league. Here's a full list of the competitive players affected, in a Google doc seemingly sent to the players themselves.
PCGamesN has a good write-up of proceedings, but a few more details have come to light since publication. While the developer of LMAOBOX apparently stated that they would now quit the project and make the source code public, a moderator of reckons that post was made by someone else, and that the (fake) code provided was riddled with malware. Others have disputed claims that the bans are backdated to anyone who has used LMAOBOX in the previous two years, suggesting it has only hit players who have used it in the last two weeks instead.
Prepare yourself, the UGC League Summer 2016 Season is about to start! Come join the 1,100 teams that played last season for a summer of competitive TF2 action! The first week of matches starts May 23rd for Highlander, May 25th for 6v6 and May 27th for 4v4. UGC has over 9,300 players across its divisions in North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia/New Zealand. Players from any of these regions are encouraged to sign up and join the fun! (Remember, May 31st is the last day that teams can sign up.) Visit the UGC website for more information.