Modern Warfare 3 Getting Dedicated Anti-Cheating Teams

Logan Westbrook

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Modern Warfare 3 Getting Dedicated Anti-Cheating Teams

Infinity Ward hates Call of Duty cheaters just as much as the players do.

Robert Bowling, Infinity Ward's creative strategist, says that the studio has learned its lesson from previous Call of Duty games, and is taking extra steps to curtail cheating in Modern Warfare 3 [http://www.amazon.com/Call-Duty-Modern-Warfare-Xbox-360/dp/B00503E8S2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1317125620&sr=8-1]. Bowling says that MW3 will have dedicated teams that look for anyone who is cheating and deal with them accordingly.

The teams won't be the game's only line of defense though; Bowling says Modern Warfare 3 will have improved code that checks for people using hacks in game, as well as using Steam's VAC - or Valve Anti-Cheat - technology. "There's been a lot of work put into it. I can't go into specifics. On a general high level area there's so much more stuff that we've locked down and made less accessible than we had before," he said.

"It's also about our ability to take action when stuff is wrong so we've done a lot of work in our ability to update the game more quickly and efficiently than we have before," he added.

While it's not deliberately designed to do so, returning to dedicated servers will also go a long way to keeping cheaters out of people's games. Having a dedicated server won't stop cheating directly, but it will allow admins to boot the offending player out of the game and let everyone else have their fun.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 comes out for PC, PS3, Wii, and Xbox 360 on November 8th.

Source: GameSpy [http://uk.pc.gamespy.com/pc/call-of-duty-2011-project/1196687p2.html]


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therandombear

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Steam's VAC didn't really help the short time I played MW2 online.

Aimbotting and speed hacking along with exp hacking is among those I encountered.

I joined server, shot 1 guy and suddenly I lvled up to 70 :|
 

Sucal

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Not to mention if its a cheat server or similar, where the guy hosting it is the hacker/cheat.
 

Frostbite3789

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Now, if only they could fix glitches and exploits within a few months of them being discovered and used.
 

Miles000

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It's about damn time!

There are more hacked/cheat servers in Modern Warfare games than any other I have played.
 

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Wonder exactly what these people are going to do, and how reliable they'll be for kicking out cheaters and not kicking out non-cheaters.
 

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Thank you Infinity Ward! You're officially redeemed in my eyes for the Elite atrocity.
 

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Oh god, I hope this works. The amount of times I've logged into a server only to find that I can run a million kilometres an hour and am in possession of an RPG that fires multiple rounds per second is staggering. Servers like those are just boring and stupid. Although there was that one cool hacked server where everyone had finger guns...
 

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Miles000 said:
It's about damn time!

There are more hacked/cheat servers in Modern Warfare games than any other I have played.
Ya, only other place I found hacked servers was TF2 on the xbox.....Yes, I played TF2 on the xbox in the start, don't judge me! >.>
 

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Going back to dedicated servers will help a lot, then server owners will not only be able to boot offenders (as mentioned in the post) but also be able add their own anti-cheat software. I remember back playing CoD4, our server had a really good anti-cheat system.
 

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Really really hope this works it'll be so much better for casual players that don't spend every hour there awake looking for exploits and glitches to ruin the game for everyone else :)
 

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therandombear said:
Miles000 said:
It's about damn time!

There are more hacked/cheat servers in Modern Warfare games than any other I have played.
Ya, only other place I found hacked servers was TF2 on the xbox.....Yes, I played TF2 on the xbox in the start, don't judge me! >.>
I played TF2 on the xbox too.... once. Then got bored.

Only other game I've ever had hacked was World at War, and th..... oh wait. Still Call of Duty... -_-
 

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Logan, was this a quote from Bowling, or your comment ?

While it's not deliberately designed to do so, returning to dedicated servers will also go a long way to keeping cheaters out of people's games. Having a dedicated server won't stop cheating directly, but it will allow admins to boot the offending player out of the game and let everyone else have their fun.

If its Bowlings' comment, I must laugh at the irony, or hypocrisy even, of it all as he told press that removing the servers from MW2 PC was to prevent cheating, that IWNet would provide a cheat free environment.

The real reason dedicated servers, run on community racks, can reduce cheating is that the community has invested reason to eliminate players that cheat and so they monitor the game more closely than the publishers... not to mention that a community run server only needs to monitor thier own servers, not every server out there.
 

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Findlebob said:
They should go and have a look at call of duty 4's multiplayer.
That is beyond help.

30% of COD4s servers are hacked these days. Kind of sucks when I want to go back and play the best of the series :(
 

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therandombear said:
Steam's VAC didn't really help the short time I played MW2 online.
VAC was doomed from the start with MW2, it's a very effective system, but it is reliant on having admins on servers to hand out instant retribution and generate event logs for it to work with.

Since MW2 allowed neithre private servers nor admin decision, VAC was/is limited to operating at it's timed updates, which does remove hackers effectively, but that's no good to you the player as it's only once a month.
 

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therandombear said:
Steam's VAC didn't really help the short time I played MW2 online.

Aimbotting and speed hacking along with exp hacking is among those I encountered.

I joined server, shot 1 guy and suddenly I lvled up to 70 :|
A server did that to me, cheesed me right off!

Yay for dedicated servers though, sick of ending up on servers being hosted off some guys 56k modem.
 

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Well, this should be interseting. Can't wait for November 8.
Good thing Gears 3 will keep me occupied until then.

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