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MacManus avatar 11:46 AM on 06.12.2012  (server time)
"Launching Diablo III Launcher": The Tyrany of the War on Cheating

Ever own a Gameshark? Those things were awesome. Yes, they sometimes broke your game or your consol but modern Xboxes break on their own at a higher rate so I'll give it a pass for ruining my copy of Super Mario 64. Ever own one of those massive tomes of cheat codes that contained thousands of cheats to games, belong to, or scribble on your arn the "fly cheat" in Bug Too when you heard it at lunch? (L,A,Z,Y, left, right, A, down) Why I remember that, I'll never know. If you answered yes to any of these questions, its because back in the day it was fun as all hell to cheat at games. 99 lives, invincibility, all levels unlocked, big head mode, paintball mode, the all enemies are gingerbread men cheat from Timeslplitters, FUCK YEAH!

It had always bothered me that most modern games don't include cheat codes. Sure, some games will let you unlock all levels and items from the get-go. They are now called "Free-To-Play" games, but that's a rant for another day. Anyways, I'm sure you're wondering why I called this "Launching Diablo III Launcher" but I have a feeling some of you know why as well. Really, this is a response to Sterling's article about Blizzard banning cheaters from Diablo III: a "single player game."

Cheat codes used to be a lighthearted way on enchancing your games, often times making them more or silly, making them fresh after a few playthroughs, or just letting a little kid get past a boss he can't seem to beat. Now-a-days, the lack of codes has caused cheating to become something more advanced, I don't know how hacking works, bots. etc.. I feel as though I should clarify something, this blog is against the war on cheating in single player games (I'd include local multiplayer as well but no one really does that anymore) I do agree that measures should be taken against people who cheat in online multiplayer. I got pissed of as the next guy everytime someone with an aimbot killed me in Counterstrike.

Banning players for cheating in a single player game seems pretty rediculous to me. Should we go after all the people who have ever used the Konami code? Cheat codes seems like a relic at this point, but a player should be able to do what ever they want with a single player game. Just look at the runaway success that was Gary's Mod. Valve didn't seem to upset about a guy giving players the ability to alter every aspect of their flagship product. However, single player games seem to be the domain of that the one single player. "Seem to be." I had a great deal of friends excited about Diablo III, that is, until I bought it, and they all saw that you had to be constantly connected to the internet. I write this blog because Blizzard has set a dangerous precident (and I'm not just talking about the fact that the COMPUTER game costs $60). Someone of this site said it best (if I could remember his name I'd give him all the credit in the world) "Blizzard has disguised an MMO as a single player game." By forcing players to be conected it can punish them how they wish for playing the game how they wish. It makes the player feel like they paid for the right to play the game as Blizzard deems fit. I suppose game makers do have the right to do this, but don't spoil people's fun if it is not to the detriment of other players.

"Playing Diablo III legitimately means playing with an unaltered game client. Doing otherwise violates our policies for and Diablo III, and it goes against the spirit of fair play that all of our games are based on. We strongly recommend that you avoid using any hacks, cheats, bots, or exploits. Suspensions and bans of players that have used or start using cheats and hacks will begin in the near future."
This is what Blizzard said baout cheating. However, they seem to have forgot that they made a single player game with a multiplayer mode. Fair play sounds great, remember when you made my Monk useless in higher the higher difficulties by nerfing his healing mantra. That was fair.

This may seem like an angry rant against actions Blizzard is taking but I do not intend for it to be. I love Diablo III and I played it a great deal until Blizzard nuked the character I put God knows how many hour into. I just worry for the president that the game sets. Banning players for harmlessly cheating in a single player game, one of the oldest traditions in gaming. Really, I'd like everyone's thoughts on the subject and to ask everyone what they think the reason was that cheat codes died.

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