So, i hope the title was eye catching enough for you-my audience.
There are a couple disclaimers:
1) If i am wrong[regarding what i am about to discuss]. Then point it out. I dont care. Just dont come at me with pitch forks.
2)What i am about to release has not been released on any other public forum that i am aware of. It might have been known but not for sometime.
You have been warned
The importance of toggle:
I was asked if i had any "toggle" files when i released my partial config. I lied, not because i was trying to horde my settings and be greedy, but to protect the community[discussed later]. I had "visions" a for thought that toggle and the greatness would be brought to an end. I seen it spreading and before you know it everyone is toggling the lighting of maps much like filmtweaks of cod4. IT was great because we didnt have to use a mod or wait for one. And the advantage was something out of this world. So i wanted that to last as the advantage was astronomical
...... Well folks the story doesn't end there for your great friend "toggle"
The functionality of toggle, and the cod engine itself is a tweakers dream (at first it was hell tho.). It was hell because in previous cod's( like cod4 for example) commands when typed into the console were displayed, a definition was present, and a range was given, as well as "latched" or "protected" notations. As we move forward company's like treyarch and Activision got smart. They didnt want the engine "tweaked" (and according to them: there "protecting players".. "who cares about optimization") by removing this functionality. Tweaking at first glance was like pinning the tail on a donkey the size of dime or having to walk 100 miles just to get to the donkey.... end result: blops tweaking is a hit and a miss.
This discovery is not my own. It was a partnership with a member that is going to remain anonymous. I should also give credit to drunk who was the first i seen use toggle to change the color commands. I implemented it and found alot[discussed later]. My partner went further after a lengthy discussion.....as he described in a steam message the next day " i think i found the mother-load". This discovery was made late January-early February.
What we have before us is an exert of my personal, complete list of black ops dvars and their corresponding values ranges. Yes, take a minute and clam your self and remember dont hate me. As far as a I am aware I am only the second person to have such a thing. And i hold it dear.
As you can see, toggling of the commands to values that we knew were "out of bounds" would give us a console read out of the command, cheat protection, and range within the console. Range was more important because this meant that "0" wasnt the answer for all commands and newer ones as well.. "0" wasn't the only number. Some commands are in vector format with 2-4 variables in them. An unfortunate downside of this (and my laziness) is that when toggled the console shows the range for all commands that are in the toggle file; even cheat protected commands at times. So only then toggling them in ranges that are acceptable would come up with it being protected-others not the case which i find strange as they are automatically listed as cheat protected. I never went back to "re do it" i wanted to set all commands within their ranges and then print out a new cheat protected list. I never did. My fault.
Another problem (and a good tool). The list has mentionings of commands that aren't in the game, or that are external. Others have no defined value or range. Toggling them to negative infinity gave us no result as did doing the same the other way. So commands like seta drew_notes are still a mystery to us.
Luckily for us i suggested to toggle to negative infinity because some commands have no limit after 0 so nothing would show up in the log file/console.
In conclusion a person with some great thinking skills and a or many dvar lists could go through it and tweak accordingly with a nice little "key or legend" at your side.It was almost too easy. All we had to do was understand the command and the variable ranges were at your finger tips.
Regardless of flaws this is a tweakers bible, dictionary, and thesaurus
In my world. This is gold. This is platinum. This is the rarest metal, item, material-whatever you call it- in the world. As a joint decision we figured this out there on the forums (then) would send a bad message to treyarch and toggle would have been erased earlier. We took advantage of a game mechanic and benefited from it. And we thought that that wasn't in the best interests of treyarch... needless to say we were trying to protect it for a long time, as well as keep helping ppl with configs and the knowledge we had (well moreless me). We worked so hard and didnt want to see is destroyed because the company doesnt want us to. Well now that that horror has come to pass it is useless to keep it under raps because the same affect will never (at this point) be achievable again.
Its selfish I know. But if you held something so rare and valuable that could be used for so much good (but easily exploited) would you be the first person to jump in the air and shout your discovery? .... Its a moral issue that we were not prepared for. ...... "With power comes great responsibility." It was the best decision at the time.
..There's more. This is one reason why i did not release this.
Exploitable? Toggle how?
I made a discovery that..... well lets say words cannot express how much of an exploitation i had found. I had found a group of commands that gave the player so much of an advantage that it dwarfs what i have seen-znear, radar cheat, fog command-its by far the biggest cheat in a game that i have ever seen. i mean the cull commands in W@W are like the no foilage in black ops. This was greater in ways never before seen.
I am NOT releasing the specifics of the commands in question NOR what they did OR what they are. This goes to the grave. Sorry folks. Please DO NOT PM ME on this issue. Thx (tho i would trade cheat protection of these commands for the use of toggle back
A reason why i never talked about toggle to much was because commands like these were "activated" by toggling them and there were others . (And i believe this is one of the reasons that treyarch removed toggle i fear; however, i think the main reason was that toggle was removed because of the use of the exposure lighting tweak that took the place of sunlight if and when used. It also eliminated shadows when sunlight was turned off and exposure was used. If they seen what i did then well its two fold and 2 birds with one stone). Yes and i did benefit from them. I do not feel guilty as its in the game and like any command waiting to be used, activated, tweaked, etc. A part of me enjoyed the advantage and another part didn't want anyone else to know, and i feared that toggle would be removed because this wasn't an isolated case. And i wasnt looking for front page news. Nor am i with this post. The way treyarch and its managers have acted recently im glad i didnt.
Yes, if it wasn't for toggle being removed this thread would have never been created. A person does something not because they want to but because they feel its an obligation to keep it alive, or protect its safety. And it was a mutual find. I cannot express enough gratitude towards this individual as i feel it was really his find but we worked together. We don't try to put our selves above the rest- make our selves patron saints and look down upon you-were ordinary individuals. I learned from cactus and cant thank him enough either, and 2 minds are better than 1 as more perspectives in an un-definitive problem is essential to success.
I can only suggest to others to critically think every aspect and always ask questions to yourself and others.
On a recap. this is totally new to my knowledge when it comes to public awareness. I released this because i felt it was time and toggle is not coming back and i had a suspision that people were toggling individual values and getting their own results. I felt that its better to chime in now then claim that it was "us" that found it first kind of deal. Its childish and i wanted to avoid that.
I more importantly am posting this because this shows the community that tweaking and this toggling was a force to do good. I could and still can be used for the benefit of everyone (if they took the time). And a compromise could be made as toggling a cheat protected command gives you nothing. You cannot change that. If treyarch spent the time to fill in the holes we could still use this. But this is not going to happen.
****this is for those that think picmip ranges from 0-5******** You are and now proved wrong. (a message to Pixel on steam forums to which i am banned from for posting "spam" more like more correct info and how to but w/e screw the steam moderators they have not an ounce of use-able brain cells or common sense among them)