It’s getting to be a Call of Duty tradition: people find glitches to exploit, and the response from the developer is a swift and sure banning of said cheaters. Infinity Ward, with help from Microsoft, dealt with such exploits as the javelin in Modern Warfare 2, and now Treyarch is banning cheats in Call of Duty: Black Ops.
Treyarch multiplayer director David Vonderhaar warned that the banhammer was getting ready to be employed by warning gamers:
“I got Twitbombed today from dozens of people the same 2 links. Some are people using old dashboards or old versions of the game. Others are claiming victory on old dev builds that don’t even connect to the version of Xbox Live that you use. Others are reproducible issues that we will hotfix or patch just like we said we would. In essence, we likely know more about it than you do from watching a video on Vimeo or YouTube.”
“What many of these people want is to be Internet nerd famous. I’m not going to make them famous and you shouldn’t either. Internet hysteria from normal people is exactly what they want and that’s how many people reacted today. You gave them exactly what they want.”
“Given the opportunity, I’d personally wield the ban hammer for anyone who thinks he is clever by abusing any glitches. Good think I don’t have the opportunity that often and we actually have a constructive, measured, and well-managed live ops team.”
“We said we would support the game. We are going to support it. I’ve gone out of my way using my own limited, personal time to try and get to know about 8000 (and growing) as best I can. The last thing I want is for you to think that because I don’t talk about it … that we don’t know or care about it. We didn’t spend 2 years of our lives to toss it all in the trash in one day.”
“I thank all of you who sent in polite, constructive messages without the hysterics. So here is my one and only public statement about it.”
Look out, cheaters – the banhammer may be swung in your direction very soon.
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