Cheating in online games has become the main target of online game providers. Most recently, efforts against cheaters on StarCraft II and Black Ops bans have been in the news.
A few months ago, Blizzard banned over 5000 battle.net users that cheated by using a secondary application that altered user information. They announced it and described their reasons as:
“…cheating and hacking can lead to stability and performance issues with the service. Maintaining a stable, safe, and secure online-gaming experience for legitimate players is a top priority…”
That description makes perfect sense – when you’re playing against others, and you cheated, your not just cheating against the game (like most single player cheat codes accomplish), you’re cheating actual people.
Valve Anti-Cheat on Black Ops
That’s what Valve-Anti-Cheat is trying to accomplish as well. In support of one of the newest titles, VAC is being heavily used on Call of Duty: Black Ops. Steam accounts show that VAC is being used for black ops, and Treyarch has announced the following during their reveal event:
“We are serious about protecting the integrity of this game from hackers and cheaters who would otherwise ruin the fun for the honest players. Used in conjunction with our own anti-exploit measures, Theater reviews, trusted servers, and supplemented by server admins with kick and ban powers we believe that Valve Anti-Cheat will be an effective solution for Call of Duty: Black Ops PC. We are committed to working closely and diligently with Valve to deal with new threats as they appear.”
So, if you’re thinking of cheating, plan on getting banned. VAC is changing and adapting all the time to stop cheaters.
Although we’ve heard reports of individuals banned by using third-party software hacks, we know that all the official cheat codes are okay – and won’t get you banned. So, feel free to go up to the terminal after shaking yourself free, and start typing the Official Black Ops Cheats. We’ve been assured that they are safe to use and will NOT get you banned.