If you can't kill EOD players rn that's your fault,it's quite easy to just blow out someones legs with a makarov even if they have fort and a helmet, and even if you really do need that gear to be good (which is pathetic) hatchet runs are easy enough and risk free. I've never once seen or heard of fully geared players doing what you describe, so there's no way it's a rampant problem as you say. If you're getting hatcheted constantly you need to pay more attention to your audio, footsteps are very easily detectable and you have no excuse for getting ambushed like that if you're being careful. "Alpha players can buy whatever the heck they want" and "traders take too long to max out" are complaints that are impossible to be true if you look at them together, because even if you just got in today these alpha players who apparently have their traders maxed out had a little over a week to do so and get the jump on you, that can't be too grindey. as far as optimization and client optimization goes it was a terrible launch, which sucks, but you need to give it more than a day dude. Looting? finding out where loot is is a part of the game, and a very fun part in my opinion, but even if it isn't your thing, you can find most of the major loot spawns in your first run through of every map, and if you don't want the pressure of being in a server with bots and other player while not knowing where stuff is you can easily just do a quick scan of the map in offline, hardly a "10 hour youtube marathon".