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Modern Warfare 2 gets an AIDS-like virus on Xbox Live photo
Modern Warfare 2 gets an AIDS-like virus on Xbox Live
by Jim Sterling

If you're playing Modern Warfare 2 on the Xbox 360, you might want to lay low for a few days. Yet another problem has been discovered in Infinity Ward's game, and this one's a real bastard, with the ability to "infect" your profile and turn you into the game equivalent of an HIV carrier.

According to reports, players get "infected" by unwittingly joining a private match hosted by a carrier. They then get hit by the same issue -- unlimited ammo and no reloads -- and can pass it on if the end up hosting any games themselves. Allegedly, it's "spreading like an STD."

This unique issue started out as a mod on the PC version of the game, which we spoke about yesterday. It has been transported to the Xbox 360 and put to more sinister work. Infinity Ward is apparently "working" on the issue, and it appears that Microsoft is wielding its banhammer for anybody caught employing it. 

A lot of people like to blame Infinity Ward for these issues, but who on Earth could predict that AIDS would come to Modern Warfare 2? I think it has more to do with the determination of cheaters to break the game than IW's development skills. If you make the biggest game of the year, it's bound to get hit by the largest population of exploiters and hackers who will instantly set about trying to ruin the game for everyone, especially if they feel they're proving some sort of "point" about Infinity Ward's online decisions. 

What do you think? Is Infinity Ward at fault here, or do we blame the sheer willpower of the cheaters?

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11:20 AM on 12.07.2009

PS3 leaderboard hack ruins Modern Warfare 2 for everyone

Time for yet another story about what great people we gamers can be. Some nefarious new hackery has been wrecking the PS3 version of Modern Warfare 2, allowing cheaters to scale the top of the leaderboards with ludicrous...

Jim Sterling

8:00 AM on 11.30.2009

2,500 Modern Warfare 2 cheaters banned on PC

And so the cull begins ... Infinity Ward has begun to swing its giant, bloodstained scythe across the undedicated Modern Warfare 2 servers, striking down those stupid enough to try and cheat. This is one of the reasons given ...

Jim Sterling

6:20 PM on 11.11.2009

Big surprise: Modern Warfare 2 already hacked

Have you had enough of Modern Warfare 2 coverage yet? Are you a vindictive PC gamer? If you answered "no" to the first question and "yes" to the second, you are now free to have a few quiet "I told you so" chuckles, because r...

Josh Tolentino

10:00 PM on 09.15.2009

Microsoft punishing those who 'compromise' Shadow Complex

You may have heard a while ago that unscrupulous gamers were able to steal a copy of Shadow Complex thanks to a glitch in the XBLA game's trial version. It was possible to unlock the full game without having to pay for it. Th...

Jim Sterling

8:40 AM on 08.31.2009

Cheat at Monster Hunter 3, get banned for 7,000 years

If you love Monster Hunter games and think cheating is brilliant, Capcom's here to make your life difficult. Unless you're immortal, that is. According to the above image, anybody caught cheating at Monster Hunter 3 will face...

Jim Sterling

10:00 PM on 08.08.2009

Secrets abound in NES Punch Out!!, here's one

I played the original Punch-Out!! on the NES until my fingers bled. This was mostly because I sucked at it, but I was determined to beat it. I did, once, during a weekend night of glory that I have attempted to recreate, but ...

Matthew Razak

12:00 PM on 07.16.2009

Hacker thinks Conduit is a cheater's paradise

A hacker who calls himself "hetoan2" has criticized The Conduit's sheer ease of manipulation, claiming that the game has almost no protection from unscrupulous cheaters who can alter variables to give themselves inf...

Jim Sterling

2:17 PM on 09.16.2008

Fable II Pub Games cheaters are going to get screwed.

You know that old chestnut about how game glitches are actually "features" in disguise? It seems that sometimes they actually are.Yesterday, IGN posted their impressions of the first three hours of Fable II. Tucked ...

Conrad Zimmerman





4:08 PM on 07.24.2008

Unlock all the classes in the Too Human demo

According to Major Nelson, the totally awesome Too Human demo was the 7th most played title on Xbox Live for the week of July 14. This may come as a surprise to most, considering that the reception of the game before the demo...

Brad Nicholson

5:11 PM on 03.20.2008

Imitation is the highest form of flattery: 2K Sports releases cheats for NBA 2K8

I was getting really excited about asking my esteemed colleague Chad Concelmo to focus on NBA Jam for one of his Memory Card articles. But then I realized that the greatness of those games couldn’t technically be summed...

Samit Sarkar

6:53 PM on 09.05.2007

Lair 'Hot Coffee' code discovered: More exciting than the game?

  Above is video of the recently discovered 'Hot Coffee' code for Factor 5's PlayStation 3 title, Lair. The code was revealed to MTV's Stephen Totilo, in a recent in interview with the game's director, Julian Eggebr...

Nick Chester

3:24 PM on 08.27.2007

PAX 2007: Virtua Fighter 5 Arcade in US confirmed

Remember when we told you that we heard that Japanese-style Virtua Fighter 5 arcade cabinets were on their way to the United States? We can now confirm that. What? How do we know? We played it! Yours truly took on varied atte...

Dale North

8:43 AM on 07.23.2007

The founder of GameFAQs to step down after twelve glorious years of faqqing

I thought that my emotions were no longer a working part of me and that my tear ducts and vage had dried up long ago, but apparently there is some humanity left in me after all. Jeff Veasey, or "CJayC" as he is more...

William Haley

7:59 AM on 04.13.2007

Hidden "HD" code for God of War 2 found

For owners of HD capable sets, God of War 2 just got a slight graphical bump. Not that it needed it ...A hidden code has been discovered that enables what GameTrailers is calling a "Hidden HD" mode. But in reality, ...

Nick Chester



Attention baseball fans: Sony ruins season with predictions photo
Attention baseball fans: Sony ruins season with predictions
by Robert Summa

You know how people like to run Madden games to see who will win the Super Bowl? Well, Sony has gone one step further and decided to send me an e-mail predicting how the entire 2007 MLB season will pan out via their latest game MLB 07 The Show. Check out what the future will be and see if you disagree (there's gotta be some sports fans here, you can't all be nerds, can you?).

KEY STATS
Barry Bonds will not break the homerun record in 2007; coming up two shy
Milwaukee wins Central - 86 wins and 76 losses
Padres win the West - 102 wins vs. 60 loses
Phillies win the East - 88 wins and 74 losses
Mets will take the Wild Card - 87 wins and 75 loses
Angels win the West - 98 wins and 64 losses
Indians win the Central - 85 wins and 77 losses
Yankees win the East - 103 wins and 59 losses
Red Sox take the wild card - 91 wins and 71 losses

More dream crushing after the jump. 

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