Thank the lord! My biggest complaint for any of the Call of Duty games was the amount of hacking, cheating, boosting, glitching, etc that takes place in the game. It seemed as though Modern Warfare 2 was the game that everyone chose to start cheating on, but that doesn’t mean that it wasn’t rampant in Black Ops as well. I think Treyarch just took into account the experience Infinity Ward was having with Modern Warfare 2 and made sure to build in some checks and balances in terms of cheaters and how to actually prove they were cheating, boosting, glitching, whatever, and issue bans. Thankfully Infinity Ward has taken the same steps in Modern Warfare 3.
If you are doing any of the above things, you absolutely deserve to be banned from Xbox Live. And for those bitching about the fact that it’s a service you pay for and you paid for the game so you shouldn’t be able to be banned, think again. When you signed up for Xbox Live there was a user agreement that you had to agree to and guess what that agreement says, Microsoft has every right to ban you from using their service if it feels you are cheating, tampering, glitching, blah blah whatever. Now that, that’s cleared up let’s talk about the definition of each of these things.
I would say cheating, glitching, and boosting could kind of be seen as the same thing. In my eyes these are anything from finding a way to access areas of a map that you’re not intended to, to getting onto separate teams than your friends and killing each other in order to level up or get kill streak rewards. A lot of people would argue that if there’s a glitch in a map then it’s the developers fault for leaving it in and we should not be penalized for taking advantage of that. My response is, if it alters the way the game is supposed to be played and isn’t easily accessible to everyone, then it’s glitching/cheating. For example in Modern Warfare 2 there was a care package glitch, it was not intended to work that way and was eventually patched, but anyone who took advantage of it while it was there I considered cheating. Same with the javelin glitch and the “holding the care package and sprinting faster” glitches. Now in Modern Warfare 3 I would also consider the Clan Tag/Gamertag “hacking” as a glitch also and a bannable offense. It’s clearly not intended to be like that or Infinity Ward would have made it easier to do rather than putting random symbols in when you make your clan tag. As much as you probably think I’m a dick for it, I report every single person I’m in a lobby with that has a glitched clan tag.
Boosting is probably the most rampant form of “cheating” in the game and while I’ve honestly never come across any hardcore boosters in the games I’ve played, I definitely consider it cheating. So if you really want to cheat just be aware that Infinity Ward has made it really easy for us people who enjoy the game the way it’s meant to be played, to report you, and I will continue to do so. So just play the game the way it’s meant to be played. I don’t know what people get out of glitching and cheating in a video game, but you’re ruining it for the rest of the people and the developers.