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Third-Party Software and You - A PSA


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Greetings, Tenno.

We have seen a few requests lately, specifically requesting that we provide a list of software that we do and do not allow to run in conjunction with Warframe. While it is understood that some software is good and others are inherently bad or designed to assist cheating, there are some cases where software falls in gray areas.

The reason for this post is to have an updated reference about our policy on external, third-party software, and the potential pitfalls of using such software in conjunction with Warframe.

The simple, golden rule is this;

If you use external software in conjunction with Warframe, then you do so at your own risk.

While we could technically issue blanket bans on everything that alters the game files, the fact of the matter is that there's some software that can be useful and helpful for members of our community. This is where context is very important. The difficulty here is that it's incredibly hard for players to prove that they are not using a program nefariously, and while it is certainly possible that there are false positives (which a ticket to support can resolve), the ban will remain in place until your ticket can be processed.

This leads into why a list is not provided. If you have a piece of Macro software that is normally tolerated, but is then discovered to be the source of a future exploit, that software may get added to a ban list, and you could potentially be caught up in the automatic drag net. As stated above, there is no easy way to prove that the software used is benign.

Bans for altering game files, cheating and / or exploiting Warframe are hefty and final. Our stance on using such software is firm, and appealing against that ban is very difficult if we have reason to believe that you have been using said software for cheating, exploiting, or AFK farming.

The only way you can reliably, 100% avoid a ban for using external software is to simply not use it. 

Again, if you take anything away from this post, it should be this;

If you use external software in conjunction with Warframe, then you do so at your own risk.
 

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I personally use autohotkey to spam E or left click for semi auto weapons when my hands are on a bad day. Arthritis its a *@##$ of a company and my mice macro software its terrible, it cant even loop a macro. Pure S#&$.

Please DE, we need accessibility options like auto click while holding a certain key, etc.

Its super important for peiple that ita getting old or have a condition that cant be healed.

@[DE]Rebecca

Please reb, try to push this to the team, since they added colorblind things I really feel like the next step its to help alleviate issues for people with broken hands.

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On 2019-06-26 at 3:31 PM, Xydeth said:

this needs to be in letters at the size of 30. ive seen quite some people ask about macroing and spin2win on melee since its become a thing and i always shake my head how people can ruin their own fun by doing that, though this is opinion but it also is still a risc in any game, unless the game itself has such a feature included, of which i only remember 2-3 examples maximum.

personally i would even punish macroing since its enhancing player "ability" beyond whats really achievable by normal means but i guess thats my opinion only.

afterwards people still complain and whilst a support ticket might resolve it, it is still a risc people should really remember more than they seem to do.

 

thanks for the clarification. very helpful information for everyone, even if u dont post a detailed list of programs.

 

ruin fun? more like save yourself from carpal tunnel syndrome. that's even less fun.  haveing to click until your finger is painful is the opposite of fun. 

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vor 13 Stunden schrieb Spam661:

ruin fun? more like save yourself from carpal tunnel syndrome. that's even less fun.  haveing to click until your finger is painful is the opposite of fun. 

then dont, but guess what: ur playing an online game with a mouse and keyboard instead of controller so u will de facto click or press buttons a lot. if u choose to play melee 24/7 then of course that involves a lot of use of the corresponding button.

theres 0 arguments to be made about that justifying the use of additional software. u use it at ur own risc or u just dont. ur choice.

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14 hours ago, Spam661 said:

ruin fun? more like save yourself from carpal tunnel syndrome. that's even less fun.  haveing to click until your finger is painful is the opposite of fun. 

You may want to consider getting a mouse with a stupid amount of thumb buttons. The thumb is more robust, so that should help.

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as someone with painful RSI, it's really disheartening to know I'd be risking a ban if I tried to use macros (especially "autofire") to reduce repetitive key inputs. mashing e or lmb is not a skill barrier, but it's definitely a physical disability barrier. it's honestly surprising to see a company maintain such a poor stance on basic accessibility in 2021.

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