Infinity Ward has been rediscovering a joy reserved for
developers who release a phenomenally high-selling competitive videogame: the
ability to ban
accordingly large numbers of cheaters, scoundrels, and ne'er-do-wells. Over 1600
blackguards have been served with cooldown time since Modern Warfare
3's launch, with the studio promising more bans on the way – as
well as a fix for the bugs being exploited by cheaters...
Above: Hiding inside a wall and shooting passersby? You best believe that's a paddlin'
“Any attempt to cheat,
hack, or glitch in MW3 will not be tolerated,” tweeted Infinity
Ward's creative strategist, Robert Bowling, recently: “1600+ bans
issued. Updates in works. Please continue to report offenders.”
“Updates” refers to clipping issues exploited by camp-happy
cheaters over recent days, leading to mass bans on PC; lag issues are
also being addressed in an upcoming patch, alongside daily hotfixes.
“Every ban [is] unique to
the level of douchiness of the offense,” explained Bowling when
asked to rationalize his team's enthusiastic embrace of the
banhammer: “The greater the douche the greater the length.
PermaDouche possible.” Treyarch wasn't shy about issuing permanent
bans for the worst Black Ops malfeasances, with cheating so rife that
Activision reportedly considered shutting down the game's PSN
servers; it remains to be seen how many MW3 PermaDouches will be
ousted by Infinity Ward. Legal, low-level douchiness, however –
well, that's just gravy (thank God).