I run into them EVERY day.. they're in EVERY game (well, ok most, but probably not all). Thing is that only the REALLY stupid ones are the ones you SUSPECT, and thus you get the numbers listed by Rooster.
RoosterCantrell wrote:In 1000 hours in BF2 Approximate Instances:
5 Artillery Hacks
10 Vehicle drop hacks
5 Supply hacks
2 UAV drop hacks
Suspicious Aimbot, Visual hacks....Maybe 20 times.
As for the "UAV drop hack".... Try playing on ANY server that ends the game a couple of seconds BEFORE the last ticket is lost. Be the cmdr, and spam UAVs just after you get the "round is over" message.... I've managed to spam more than 15 UAVs in that time. When the game "resumes" (you hear the end of gmae music) and just before you see the scores, you can watch the UAVs drop... It's really fun, and I've spooked a LOT of people with this trick as CMDR. No hack required. (note this doesn't work on servers without the end of game delay)
But to return to the hackers. Look at the 2-3 major sites SELLING hacks.. they have 100's of thousands of subscribers. Ok, some of them ALSO sell hacks for other games than BF2 and BF2142. But even if only one in 10 is a BF2 player, thats still 10's of thousands of BF cheaters. And anyone who pays to cheat is in my book (well, at least if they're as cheap as I am), a heavy player. Someone who gets the most "bang for his buck". Not someone who plays like 3-4 times a month, 'coz that'd be a waste of cash (though I did see one site advertise that it's good that you can score very high when you play very rarely (like THAT'S going to go by unnoticed). Lets just say someone who plays at least 3 hours a day, for the sake of argument. Use your own assumptions/math if you want. That means about 1 in 8 are online RIGHT NOW. So we're still talking THOUSANDS of cheaters who are playing BF2 NOW.... And with only about 1000 ranked servers, that's an average of more than one cheater pr server.
You just dont NOTICE the majority because they're either very good at cheating, or so bad at the game that you dont NOTICE they cheat because they STILL can't keep up with the good players. OR they all play on some very specific servers.
On the DOWNSIDE (for the IO whores, like me), it appears that most of the cheaters are here (at least the obvious ones), and the number has HEAVILY increased since I stopped playing about 8-10 months ago. Today you cant even PLAY sniper on an IO map anymore because of the cheaters who instantly point their LMG at you and mow you down at 300 yards while running, and you can't even SEE the shooter through the fog, but that doens't matter, he can still hit YOU. That DIDN'T happen 8-10 months ago before I quit.
On the UPSIDE (for the non-IO whores), apparently the hacks are only really good for infantry combat, because I can still own on non-IO servers, or even a good karkand server if there's vehicles.