@dudeglove: I've definitely ran into some special lag since the rollback on PC. Sometimes connectivity is bad and enemies will just sit there as you murderize them as a phantom, that's fine I guess. But now the damage doesn't even register, and I've sat a good couple minutes in the Grand Archives before enemies decided to move again. I can't imagine how annoying that'd be in a boss fight.
Hard to say what the cause is but I think I'll just take a break until the next patch.
While I can't really comment on the logistics behind production, I have to agree that it's getting hard to justify premium.
UPF is a slog nowadays, I wish I could articulate why in an objective and constructive way but it might come down to personal preference. For the most part, they're just so utterly disengaged with what's going on in-game and it can make for some frustrating viewing. But off-topic rants and goofy fun are what the site's all about right? I think the format's just run its course for me, it lacks focus and the gang's picks have become extremely hit-or-miss. I usually have to leave it up while doing something else to make it through the whole stretch.
The only other premium things I watch are the GBE streams and Demo Derbies, which can be infrequent. Honestly... a lot of the classic streams and best features are infrequent enough that there's not a whole lot of reason to stay subbed unless you're following an active series (or want to support the site, I'm guessing why most of us stay subbed).
As for QL's, they were never meant to be exhaustive and over time I've come to approach them as such. At this point I watch them almost purely for entertainment and maybe once in a while it might influence a purchase, but I do most of that legwork on my own. Very curious what the split is like on those site surveys. Generally speaking, I feel like GB caters to a more savvy audience which is why we've never really seen a huge push for more detailed and hollistic coverage despite the steady complaints over the years. Not that I'm excusing their lack of preparedness, I agree that more effort outside of the man-hours of gameplay can go a long way. But if games coverage is high on your list of priorities maybe use this site as supplement and not your primary source.
We all knew this was coming when the false flags started showing up. I'm just glad I'm done with my covenant turn-ins so I can lay low for awhile.
Important note: You cannot be softbanned immediately. Hacked debuffs applied by another player can flag you for Invalid Game Data, which would put you at risk of being softbanned, but you're still able to remove affected data by restoring a previous save file. In the meantime, I'd steer clear of high traffic PvP areas like the Road of Sacrifices or anywhere near the Pontiff bonfire, and avoid picking up any player dropped items. If you want to be embered for things like NPC invasions I'd just play offline.
What's sadder than the actual griefing is the shitstorm it has rekindled between console and PC players, all the while littered with totally unrelated racism and bigotry. Stay classy, Souls community!