Games are meant to be fun. 99% of them anyway. They’re meant to put us in places we likely could never go, whether we are playing as people with abilities or powers that we ourselves could never achieve on our own, or maybe even save the world from a threat both fantastical and compelling. Yet, there are those who don’t like to play by the rules, and bend the game to their will. These are hackers, and hacking is a very big problem in video games. And to one Korean site, they’re one of the biggest problems out there.
The sole purpose of hacking is to invade the game and more often than not bend it to your will to ensure an outcome you want. This is especially prevalent in online multiplayer games, where hacks are used to get special boosts or buffs to the player character and ensure they’re either an unstoppable tank, or unkillable.
This automatically makes the game unfair, and for most, not fun. After all, if you’re facing off against that player, and it’s clear they’re cheating, what’s the point in trying to fight against them? Then, if you have to leave and join another server in order to get free of said hacker, only to find another one, it really kills the mojo. Furthermore, as they note, hackers can even get into your personal system settings and force a disconnect on your online connection. Not fair.
Now, it’s true that developers have been working hard to prevent cheating, including bans, suspensions of accounts, or straight up permanently preventing them from coming back, but to be honest, the hackers are still out there. In fact it appears that almost every day there’s a new hack, or cheat, or hole that gamers find to exploit thing. Games like Overwatch, The Division, Battlefield, even MMO’s like World of Warcraft and more have been hurt by hacking. So what can they do?
Well, they just need to keep pushing on, for if they stop? The hacking will only get worse, and the fans will leave in droves if that happens. It’s not a perfect solution, but it’s the only one we got right now.