"Cheating refers to an immoral way of achieving a goal. It is generally used for the breaking of rules to gain advantage in a competitive situation. Cheating is the getting of reward for ability by dishonest means."
I’ll start this article out with the definition of cheating. Cheating has been around since long before video games, but lets not go that far back. But in this article today I wonder what has happened to the thing we call cheating in video games. Comparing what cheating in video games meant a decade or two ago to what it means today is definitely different.
"Up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A"
I recall when growing up playing certain video games that if my brother managed to do the weirdest combination of movements on a PlayStation 1 controller that something crazy would happen. Maybe the part of the game would get easier, maybe something silly would happen, or unlock a secret character. I always remember no matter how hard I tried, I just could enter those combinations quick enough! We used to actually buy those books that would be full of cheat codes to play around with. I’m sure you all remember entering cheat codes for whatever reason it may have been. Today these type of cheat codes definitely aren’t in as many games as they used to be. And with technology having evolved, now you can type a code into a console or earn cheats by progressing throughout the game. Even with games today not having these cheats in them, why do we always hear about people cheating?
Thou Art Hacking
Man, whether we go back to the days of playing shooters on consoles or on PC, it’s all the same today. Call of Duty: Black Ops II just released and I can only imagine how many reports of “cheating” get reported daily. And this is only an example, a needle from the hay stack full of shooters. Every match we play online in multi-player matches we only know by their username and maybe some trash talk. For all we know this person can change their username right after the match and I would completely forget about them. I recall earlier this year playing with people on Modern Warfare 3 on Xbox 360 and they had their usernames modded or something to show a fake username. It would often have symbols in it as well. But anyway, this person we know nothing about, no idea where they’re from, or anything. And they can do just about anything behind that alias. Cheating is one of those things.
Imagine it now. You start up a match of Black Ops II and some guy whether on your team or not is just killing everyone. Headshot, headshot, headshot, so quick that it must be impossible. You keep looking at the top right of the screen and at the scoreboard so frequently. Normally matches last at least 10 minutes, but this one was over in just a couple. Something must be wrong, right? Nobody can be that good. Up, up, down, down, A, B and I can be that good right? But wait a second, we’re talking about a different sort of cheating. In shooters today one of the biggest cheats or hacks is aim botting. Unfortunately anti-hacking programs can only do so much to keep these guys away and there’s always someone that slides under the radar to ruin your experience.
"...My family has gotten me into FPS’s but alas my disappointment in these games are Aimbotters.” has been taken from a post in our forum."
Sometimes it’s just a kid downloading a file or having someone toy around with their console to make them all of the sudden the best player ever. Sometimes it’s someone who knows what they’re doing and just wants to mix things up a bit, break the rules. Hackers can do more than just aim botting and we’ve all experienced an online match with them. It might be cool at first or neat, but after dying repeatedly or not being able to get any kills, it sucks. It plain out right sucks. After having played with them it barely even matters if we report them, because they may have a back up plan and we’ve already lost what, 10 minutes of what could have been fun.
We all know cheat codes and hacking is entirely different today. Yet they both lead back to the quote we started this article out with. Hacking in video games today takes many forms and can be found in any genre. Sometimes anti-hacking engines are great and useful while other times they can be horrible, we all know this as well. Regardless of those security systems, they get through, and we all experience it soon or later. I’ll leave you with a question,
How would you define cheating and what would you say is immoral?