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If your area has been hacked, too, be sure to stay warm! My town has most certainly been hacked. It was warm enough that I hiked (and sweated!) on Sunday, but today, there are tiny icicles on my house.

The Playstation 3 was cracked recently. Several games have had their online play unofficially altered, sometimes with disastrous results. The hackers are "playing" several games, but Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has suffered the worst, with people going so far as to insert tickers at the bottom of the screen, advertising their websites. Profiles are changed irrevocably, "players" disguise themselves as trees, and pieces of scenery are now usable objects. I keep using the quotation marks because there is no actual play value, here. Several titles are involved, but they've all been reduced to the same game with the same, single rule: ruin the fun for everyone else. I've never understood the point of playing a game if you're not actually going to play the game.

It's a new month, and that means a new vote incentive! We didn't meet the goal last month, but I'm sure we can do it this time. Get KT into the top 100 at Top Web Comics, and there will be a bonus comic Monday, February 28.



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Feb. 2nd, 2011 01:12 pm (UTC)
i think hacking the game IS part of the game for hackers.

i love the last panel. <3
Feb. 2nd, 2011 04:33 pm (UTC)
I liken it to buying an expensive set of weights and then building a machine to lift the weights for you. People who do that have sort of missed the point of lifting the weights.
Feb. 2nd, 2011 01:46 pm (UTC)
A couple of points from my techie husband (which don't impact the comic but do impact your commentary):

The Playstation 3 was hacked so that people could put back the "install other OS" option (so people can put Linux on their machines if they want to). Apparently the judge on this one is a complete moron, as he's ordered the guy who did it to go on the internet and retrieve all of his code. Like that's possible.

The online gaming aspect sounds like something unrelated; it just happened at the same time. Someone has hacked the online network; obviously Sony needs to bump up security there.
Feb. 2nd, 2011 04:32 pm (UTC)
No, the two are definitely related. COD relies on the encryption system built into the OS. When the OS was cracked, so was the game. The game's servers are maintained by Activision, not Sony. It's a quagmire.
Feb. 2nd, 2011 05:23 pm (UTC)
Okay, that makes sense!

If Sony had just left well enough alone and not taken away the "install other OS" option, this probably wouldn't have happened - or at least, not as quickly. I mean, seriously - you're taking away the ability for people to install Linux, when Linux users are the exact people who are going to be able to figure out how to crack it before anyone else?!?

I still think the judge is an idiot, though.
Feb. 2nd, 2011 06:30 pm (UTC)
Sony has to walk a fine line, and I really don't have an opinion either way. People want to have more control over the hardware they buy, and I fully understand that. I also understand why Sony would limit options, since some consumers aren't happy to mod their own hardware and want to damage other people's machines. I think they've been comparatively lenient--Microsoft will remotely shut your console down and render it useless. I wouldn't be surprised if that is how Sony has to deal with the problem in the end, bricking a bunch of machines to take them offline.
Feb. 2nd, 2011 06:51 pm (UTC)
:P That would SUCK.

I think that if Sony had never had the option in the first place, this wouldn't even be an issue. But it sounds like they've not simply taken it off the new machines, they've taken it off the ones already out there, too. I'd be upset if I paid good money for a machine and gotten it all modded out the way I wanted it, using a feature that was already there, and then all my hard work disappeared in a software upgrade or something.

Edit: Oh, um, wanted to clarify that I don't think the hackers should be doing so. I just understand why they would do it.

Edited at 2011-02-02 06:53 pm (UTC)
Feb. 2nd, 2011 02:12 pm (UTC)
Poor Minty! I can relate. Fortunately there's a partial fix for the Outdoor Hack--they've restored the big yellow lamp and the blue ceiling.
Feb. 2nd, 2011 04:35 pm (UTC)
In the meantime, I have patched my own system with a heavy coat.
Feb. 2nd, 2011 02:43 pm (UTC)
Hackers don't play to enjoy a game, they play to win.

All that matters to them is that they dominate the leaderboards. That they hold all the ranks, and they control the entire game.

It's part of the problem with the new generation of gamers. So many games removed the pain of losing and having to work to win a game that a lot of them feel they are entitled to win at every game they play. And if they can't win the easy way, it's time to hack the system to make it possible. They scoff having to do hard work to actually EARN a level and respect.

This is why I am avoiding Activision backed games. Activision sucks at policing their own gaming servers to stop hackers and glitchers. Electronic Arts is slightly better - I have yet to see any hackers or serious glitchers in Battlefield: Bad Company 2. People have tried - but EA immediately boots anyone they catch hacking and heavily glitching. It even boots people using lag to avoid getting killed.

Feb. 2nd, 2011 04:40 pm (UTC)
I'm of the opinion that if you didn't play the game, you didn't win it, either.

It does seem some games are more secure than others. Some developers relied entirely on the encryption system built into the PS3, and those games are borked. Games like Black Ops have their own security layer, and they've been able to patch as needed.
Feb. 2nd, 2011 05:04 pm (UTC)
So they don't mind putting the work in to hack the system but not to play the game?... makes no sense to me...
Feb. 2nd, 2011 05:25 pm (UTC)
A lot of hackers do it just so they can say they did it. It's a status thing. So they're not hacking to play the game, they're hacking to say "look what I did!"
Feb. 2nd, 2011 06:05 pm (UTC)
Some people seem to view the fact that they hacked a game as the highest achievement in itself. To them, winning by actually playing the game is for losers, while the ability to hack successfully proves you're among the elite.

Meanwhile these idiots have ruined games for everyone else. >:[
Feb. 2nd, 2011 06:32 pm (UTC)
Well, in this case, you have one or two people who put in a lot of work to crack a system. Everyone else just looked up how to do it and claim to be 1337 hackers.
Feb. 2nd, 2011 07:23 pm (UTC)

It's not like they all worked hard to do it.

It's also not hard to do compared to actually putting in a lot of play time to reach prestige level whatever. Why play the game seriously for more than an hour a day to get ahead on the leaderboards when I can put in one hour now and create a hack that gives me an advantage for the rest of my time playing the game?
Feb. 2nd, 2011 07:18 pm (UTC)
LOL, I love smirky!Kimono.

Good grief, that's just wrong. Why do a select few decide to spoil it for everyone else? Mean people = fail.
Feb. 2nd, 2011 08:59 pm (UTC)
Come now, Minty! Snow is so much fun. Someone has to challenge her to a snow war.

...the cracker thing... sucks, simply put.
Feb. 2nd, 2011 09:45 pm (UTC)
Man. O_o That stinks. Poor Minty! Kinda makes me want to rethink the idea of getting a PS3, but then again, that's a few months away anyhow. Also, I'm not sure I'd be playing that kind of game, not being in to FPS games.

It gets worse, though; out of curiosity, and for more information (hoping to find a list of games affected, anyway), I typed "hacked PS3 games" into Google, and know what came up first? www.ps3-hacks.com

Seriously, what. Why can't they just play the game, like normal people. Idjits. -_-;

Regardless of that nonsense, I agree with tuuli_chan - 1, 2, 3, 4, someone declare a snow war! :D
Feb. 3rd, 2011 04:33 am (UTC)
Aww poor Minty! I kinda agree with her though, just because it's too cold to play outside! D:

This hacking news makes me sad though :( I was just starting to venture into the world of online gaming on my ps3, and was hoping to play MW2 online one of these days... guess that won't happen :p
Feb. 3rd, 2011 04:59 am (UTC)
Eeek! I totally did not see Minty as a Call of Duty kind of gamer... she seems too good-hearted for that! O_o

Or maybe it's just because she's a My Little Pony. ;)
Feb. 3rd, 2011 03:43 pm (UTC)
I think your website is borked, I'm not seeing the images for the comics... :(
Feb. 3rd, 2011 05:55 pm (UTC)
It should be fixed for now. The site got a spike in traffic, and I'm having to make some changes to keep my server from shutting it down.
Feb. 3rd, 2011 09:32 pm (UTC)
Awesome, thank you. :) Work blocks "personal storage" sites, so I can't see the comic here on LJ since they consider the LJ pictures to be personal storage.
Feb. 4th, 2011 05:04 am (UTC)
Poor Minty. :( At least all of that cold, white stuff can't stay forever.
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