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GameShark Backs Away From Online Cheat Codes 39

Posted by simoniker
from the you-cheat-you-lose dept.
Thanks to GameSpot for its article noting that the GameShark and Xploder-branded console cheating devices will no longer release codes for online games. According to the piece, creators Fire International "...felt that some of its cheats for games such as SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs [for PS2] were ruining the experience for other online players." We've previously covered Fire International's boasts as "the first source of cheats" for SOCOM, but now a spokesperson for the company says: "We feel that the game enhancements we create are generally used to help individual users complete or get the most out of their games... We want to protect the integrity of online gaming for all who want to play in this environment cheat-free."
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GameShark Backs Away From Online Cheat Codes

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  • It's about time (Score:4, Interesting)

    by sn0 (638732) on Tuesday January 27, 2004 @03:56AM (#8097697)
    Cheating completly ruined Socom online. It became unplayable due to the excessive cheating, and the fact that there was nothing anyone could do to stop it.
  • Little Slow (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Neppy (673459) on Tuesday January 27, 2004 @04:00AM (#8097708)
    Companies dont just instantly realize that something they did was irresponsible. This sounds like a case of industry pressure behind the scenes being infintely more important than the integrity of online games. All comes down to $$.
  • Re:It's about time (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Goldberg's Pants (139800) on Tuesday January 27, 2004 @05:18AM (#8097948) Journal
    My only experience is with such a device on my original PS1. I could probably find cheats, but I wouldn't have the patience. The device I have has no scan feature or anything. Would be an extremely tedious trial and error experiment.

    I say kudos to Gameshark for doing this. Sadly other sites will still post codes, but it's a good start to killing off cheating for the most part.
  • Re:about time... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by ctr2sprt (574731) on Tuesday January 27, 2004 @06:00AM (#8098041)
    Right, and bullies pick on you because you're smarter and they feel insecure. It's soothing to hear, but there's not a lot of truth to it. Most cheaters are pretty good at these games. The ones who aren't usually suck even when cheating (in fact, it can be quite hilarious when they demonstrate they can't even cheat properly). Most players aren't looking for something to do all the work for them, they're looking for something to give them an edge. It's a lot like athletes who use corked bats or steroids. I'd certainly call it morally wrong, but on the other hand most people don't seem to care. Witness the lack of uproar over pro sports drug scandals, despite considerably hype by the press and several major (ex-)athletes. Most cheaters probably just don't think much of what they're doing. They aren't out to ruin the game or piss you off; they don't even consider that you might get upset. After all, they reason, it's just a game.

The Force is what holds everything together. It has its dark side, and it has its light side. It's sort of like cosmic duct tape.

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