In the two short months since its release, hackers have managed to take a lot of the fun out of the online gaming experience. In a perfect world, players would choose not
to hack or intentionally cheat the system. Unfortunately, we live in an imperfect world where spoon-fed brats don't care about others and are out for un-earned gratification and instant access to rank, weapons, and other unlockables, or are simply out to disrupt the fun for others to fulfill their pathetic, lazy lives. As a result, the PC version of Modern Warfare 2
is now riddled with Aimbots and other blatant and unethical use of cheats to sway what was once a pretty decent risk versus reward gaming balance, at least in raw, unaltered form.
Personal negative experiences include, but are certainly not limited to, being the recipient of variations of these Aimbots and other cheats. For example, there have been numerous times when I was shot dead within one or two steps of re-spawning, if granted that long of a life, only to have the feeling that cheaters were among us. After a quick search, it's obvious that my instincts are correct, seeing as how there are apparently ways for hackers to know where you will start your new life through respawning. I've also been a victim of helicopters from hell, immediately shooting me upon gaining new life... through walls, while not near windows or doors (i.e. no way of knowing I was there). While these are obviously some of the more serious cheats, even seemingly simple hacks like removing the crosshair or having a super zoom break the balance that the developers have provided through weapon upgrades and level layouts.
To drive home the point that hacking has completely ruined the pure gaming experience for owners who want a true test of their skills, and who also want to be rewarded for successful completion of that test, let's take a quick glance below. Judging by this list, the hacking obviously needs to be swiftly and seriously addressed by the guys over at developer Infinity Ward and partner Steam, who should not sit in the shadows after making millions of dollars off the blood, sweat, and tears (now mostly just tears) of fans with what has become a very successful franchise. Here is just one list of hacks available online: