Video games crack down on cheating

Some players give themselves the ability to magically see and shoot through walls. Others find a way to fly, making them nearly impossible to defeat.

Cheating like this in video games has a long and even respected tradition. Games have often slyly included ways -- intentionally or not -- for sophisticated players to hack into the software and then skip levels or take on supernatural powers.

But these days, the subject is getting a more serious look. Unlike older games, today's are networked to be played with strangers over the Internet. And now, real money is at stake. Fantasy games like "World of Warcraft" and computer environs like "Second Life," to name a few, have their own currency or other virtual valuables that can be traded for hard U.S. dollars.

In other words, hacking into a video game to cheat can be a business strategy. And so clamping down on it could be key to maintaining virtual worlds' economies and reputations. Even chip-maker Intel Corp. is suggesting a technology for doing it.

But one huge question is: Can cheating really be stifled?

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Capt CHAOS4966d ago

Good to see any progress on cracking down on these lamers..

fredy4966d ago

I would rather stick to XBL knowing the chances of getting caught is greater then the open ended pc and probably theps3 and linux soon with their free service.

Rooftrellen4966d ago

You can never stop cheating. Anyone who wants to cheat will find a way to be one step ahead of those who want to ban them.

As far as trading game money for real money goes, as far as I know, that's actually illegal in the real world, because you are trading something you don't own (the company that made the game maintains ownership of your character and all items and money on it in most cases), like selling your neighbor's house.

Where possible, it is a better strategy to try to crack down on the practices that lead to cheating than to crack down on the cheaters themselves, because the cheaters can always get around you, but if the reasons for cheating start going away, so too will the cheaters.

They'll always be around, but so will many evils in the world. That is no excuse not to try to stop it.