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Modern Warfare 3: Infinity Ward takes up the banhammer

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).

15 comments

  • AtlasX1 - August 7, 2012 3:44 p.m.

    Its understandable to ban people who cheat but, I dont think it is really that serious to derank them if they are ban for a few days.
  • talleyXIV - November 22, 2011 3:56 p.m.

    Hmm, IW is now taking part in their games. Interesting. The prestige hack in MW2 drove me crazy.
  • avantguardian - November 22, 2011 12:53 a.m.

    I should say this is more relative to mw2, as there hasn't been enough time with mw3 to judge. This is a good start, though.
  • avantguardian - November 22, 2011 12:50 a.m.

    maybe if someone did a relatively comprehensive study of how many players quit or don't buy the game due to this bullshit acti would actually take notice. it really is enough to ruin it for a lot of people. unfortunately, the cynic in me assumes players quitting the game doesn't matter so much to them, as they have already purchased it...
  • twewy13 - November 21, 2011 9:16 p.m.

    banning GLITCHERS!? wtf is wrong with them do they really not understand how stupid that is!!??? glitches are a part of the game, its not hacking...its their job to fix the glitches in the game of course people will abuse glitches if it helps them win...basic stuff... glad to see hackers getting banned though
  • YouGotDickCheeseInMySandwich - November 21, 2011 11:12 p.m.

    If glitches allow someone to have a massive advantage over someone else, and someone knowingly exploits this, then they deserve to be banned as well as those who mod the multiplayer for nefarious purposes. As for the FOOLS who mod their clan tag, it's annoying but not worth a ban imo.
  • Embolado - November 21, 2011 5:59 p.m.

    I love it when you can get banned for finding flaws and exploits in game from poor testing or worse programming errrrrrr I mean glitchs. Now lag switches permaban those creeps
  • WOFxnine - November 21, 2011 5:36 p.m.

    now all they need to do is get rid of the rapid fire controllers. its crazy how people take 50 cal snipers and turn them in to smg's
  • GreenLeader - November 22, 2011 10:31 p.m.

    That, I can do without a modded controller... that could be fixed by setting a max speed that the weapon could be fired, like in the MW2 campaign and Spec-Ops.
  • NinjaWalrusMeow - November 21, 2011 4:49 p.m.

    Now if they would nerf the Type 95, then maybe the game wouldn't be as broken
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - November 21, 2011 4:22 p.m.

    What the fuck were they doing during MW2?!? If anything turned me off of the franchise, it was all those modders that they let infest the game.
  • D0CCON - November 21, 2011 4:19 p.m.

    I'm guessing that 1,600 is too low a number, but I'm thrilled IW is starting to fix one of the flaws I've found in them (as in letting hackers do as they please). I am warming up to the idea of MW3 more, but after playing it at a party, I've conclusively decided that I truly do not want to own that game.
  • UberNoob - November 21, 2011 3:30 p.m.

    Stop! Hammer time!
  • boronben - November 21, 2011 3:20 p.m.

    Good job guys may faith is slowly but surely being restored after hack central MW2
  • HamsterGutz - November 21, 2011 3:02 p.m.

    1,600 is barely scratching the surface. I swear, it seems like they need to ban about 160,000. Every other game there is a hacker, glitcher, or both. On PC, at least.

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