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June 21, 2010

Had It With the Hackers

Filed under: Main — admin @ 12:01 am

I have really enjoyed playing the game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. It is a hell of a game, marvelous story, wonderful gameplay. But the online, multiplayer version of the game is riddled with hackers — cheaters who make the entire game a pitiful, pathetic joke.

Most multiplayer games have hackers. What they do is visit a website where they can download and install various cheats, patches that apply to the game that allow those players to bend the rules. The hacks give the player an advantage over others in the game.

Here are the more common hacks:

Aimbot. Your weapon automatically locks onto an enemy.

Wall Hack. You can see through walls and other obstacles to identify where opponents are.

No Recoil. Your weapons are modified so that the reticule (gun sight) doesn’t jump around, making it easier to attack.

Infinite Ammo. You don’t need to reload your weapon and you never run out of ammunition.

Lag Spike. You have the ability to delay the game slightly so that other players on the Internet experience a delay. During the delay you can move, evade, or kill the enemy.

Teleport. You can move to any spot on the game map instantly.

Server Hack. The game host is modified, increasing damage points, changing the environment (such as no or infinite gravity), blinding the players, and so on.

Super Jump. Your player can jump higher than other players.

Level Hack. You can increase your rank in the game beyond what you’ve actually achieved.

You can obtain these hacks at various websites out there, many of which are infected with viruses and other malware. I’m okay with that.

These problems happen on any multiplayer game. I’ve seen hackers when I was playing Day of Defeat, Call of Duty 5, and just about any other online game. What makes Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 most egregious is that there’s no way to deal with the hackers.

For most online PC games, the game server is hosted. That means an individual or group pays for the server and then makes that server open and available to everyone on the Internet.

The people operating the servers take great strides to ensure that those playing on the server follow the rules. The basic rule everywhere is no hackers. If you hack, and an administrator sees you, you’re banned from the server — or sometimes from playing that game at all online.

I’ve belonged to several gaming guilds and have banned hackers and other annoying people many times. Beyond hacking, players get banned for being offensive or obnoxious.

The problem with COD:MW2 is that there are no hosted servers. Therefore, there are no admins. Because of that, a lot of players — most of them, I would guess — use hacks. After all, there is no authority to ban players who cheat.

Because the COD:MW2 developer Infinity Ward chose not to have hosted servers, and because most of the players hack, I cannot abide playing the game online anymore. And if Infinity Ward produces any more games that don’t use hosted servers, I won’t buy them. Yes, the problem is that bad.

5 Comments

  1. If you deal with that many hackers I assume you’re on a PC and not a console. I prefer PC gaming to console gaming, but I ALWAYS play multiplayer games on a console because the number of hackers is extremely less. Have you ever played Counterstrike: Source, that game online makes me want to take a spoon to my eyes. I think Infinity Ward tried to do a good thing by taking away dedicated servers and replacing them with IWNet. Since dedicated servers were hacked alot more than non-dedicated servers. But the creation of IWnet eliminates the server supervision, so if it DOES get hacked, nobody can do anything about it because there is nobody in charge. I love MW2, but I had to give it up on account of most of the people modding their controllers and mowing me down with an FAL. Try Battlefield: Bad Company 2, it’s great.

    Comment by gamerguy473 — June 21, 2010 @ 8:13 am

  2. I just installed Battlefield: Bad Company 2 last Friday and am currently learning the ropes! 😉

    Comment by admin — June 21, 2010 @ 8:15 am

  3. On PC, jeez you have on hell of a gaming computer.

    Comment by gamerguy473 — June 21, 2010 @ 8:22 am

  4. Oh, last thing, (I’m assuming you bought it on steam…). If you would have bought BC2 on Tuesday you would get it 75% off. 🙂

    Comment by gamerguy473 — June 21, 2010 @ 8:23 am

  5. Ugh. That sucks. I normally dismiss the Steam News windows after I play. Oh well. But I’m enjoying the game.

    I do have an Xbox 360, and Bad Company (one) is one that. I just don’t play the Xbox. It’s for my sons, who enjoy it. In fact, I got Jeremiah Red Dead Redemption for his birthday.

    Comment by admin — June 21, 2010 @ 8:26 am

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