The bottom line is that if its even possible it won’t be this generation. For as many copies as Call Of Duty sales, the game’s multiplayer has almost as many exploits and cheaters. What is even worse is that there are players that go into a new Call Of Duty game with the primary goal of rising to the top of the leaderboards and gaining the highest rank by figuring out how to exploit flaws in the game. I mean literally, with the last few Call Of Duty games it took maybe a day or two for people to start cheating. For gamers who play fair it really is disheartening that you have this segment of players who refuse to put in the time and effort to master the game enough to beat you fair and square, instead they actively look for and use cheats and glitches.
Some people say that if they wanted it to stop, then the developers should write better code. Maybe there is some merit to that as I think that the overall quality of game coding has declined with the introduction of “updates”. Back in the day, you used to have to get it right the first time, there was no redo or patch to fix a problem that should have been picked up in QA. Today, devs can put out a game that is really only 90% done if they like and clean it up with patches later. As gamers we are just forced to slug through it and deal.
I am a Call Of Duty fan, probably always will be but I have to be honest, all the cheating has turned me off to the multiplayer a bit. I’m a gamer, I don’t mind getting destroyed by people who are just flat out better than me, but to lose to cheaters, cowards who aren’t good enough to hang on their own merits is infuriating. For the Call Of Duty devs its difficult, the have the same problem that most other devs who run a successful yearly franchise have. The problems usually arise from weaknesses in the original core code that is often times used as the base of the next game, they basically just pile on new code and bring the weaknesses of the old code into the new one. It’s not there fault really, Madden is the same way and the bottom line is that to do a full rewrite of the game would take more time and money than they probably want to spend. To be honest though, I think that if Activision really cared about the players and they planned to keep this franchise going they would do it. Call Of Duty may be the most valuable gaming franchise ever, its made literally billions of dollars and that’s billions per game. Activision publishes the franchise and the own the developers who make it so all the profit is their own. They could afford to have a team do nothing but rewrite the core COD code for a year or two and clean up all the junk, close all the holes and give them a solid foundation moving forward, but they won’t. In the end, its us, the players that have to suffer through it and watch as one of our favorite game’s becomes the MySpace of video games, a wild west where anything goes. We have tons of smart readers out there, do any of you think we will ever be able to stomp out all the cheating, I know they probably can’t get rid of all of it, but I would settle for even 90%. What about you?