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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.



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Comments

mcducky
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.

kimonos_house
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.
mallt
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...
karalianne
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!"
kittencuffs
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. >:[
kimonos_house
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.
mcducky
Feb. 2nd, 2011 07:23 pm (UTC)
Exactly.

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?

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