Alongside the November release of Activision’s Call of Duty series; Black Ops, came the all-to-expected flood of glitchers, hackers, and cheaters with nothing better to do than ruin gameplay for everyone else. The thought process behind these players willingness to cheat is difficult to comprehend. They start by spending $60 to buy the game, and then, even before they’ve installed it, they visit a websites that provide the latest cheats, and spend more. Do they think they are fooling the world? Everyone knows what they are doing, their in-game scores make that very evident. However, until now, there’s been little anyone could do about it. Treyarch, the game developer, IS doing something.
Recently, on the official Call of Duty forums, multiplayer director David Vonderhaar posted, “What many of these people want is to be famous Internet nerds. I’m not going to make them famous and you shouldn’t either.”
“You better think twice before you glitch. You never know who in your game doesn’t like glitchers who reports you and saves the game in their File Share and tells us about it.”
“Given the opportunity,” he added, “I’d personally wield the ban hammer for anyone who thinks he is clever by abusing any glitches. Good thing I don’t have the opportunity that often and we actually have a constructive, measured, and well-managed live ops team.”
It’s obvious from David’s comments that Activision,and developer Treyarch, have finally got fed up with cheaters. As a result, they’ve developed something new to combat cheating in Call of Duty: Black Ops. Within the multiplayer menu is a new anti-cheating tool called Theater. Theater Mode provides the ability to investigate purported cheating through the eyes of the cheater. Users can view game replays and report suspect cheaters to Treyarch who’s hired a full-time employee taskforce to evaluate there submissions for bugs and cheaters. It sounds as though account bans may be incoming, so cheaters, consider yourselves warned.
This is a win-win situation for non-cheating users and developer alike. If it’s just a bug, the team can utilize the replay to learn how to reproduce it and, as a result, fix it. If players are found abusing bugs, then the team can also take punitive measures. Hopefully, this means account bans. The end result of both courses should be the same: a more reliable experience for those who don’t cheat. He is right, for the non-cheater, there is nothing more satisfying than being able to prove, and report, cheaters.
So what exactly is Theater Mode? Basically, Theater Mode is a tool used to record every game you play. Black Ops’ User Guide only briefly mentions Theater under Multiplayer, but doesn’t even hint at its capability as a cheat deterrent. What follows is an explanation of how to utilize it:
Open Black Ops up into Multiplayer, select “Theater,” and then “Recent Games.” This brings up a list of your most recent games. Pick one, click on it, and you’ll be able to replay the whole match. If the control panel is not already visible, hit F1 on your keyboard. Use the Left/Right mouse buttons to switch players. Switching to another player lets you watch the whole game through his or her eyes. You can even record it! What a powerful tool for cheat control.
The User Manual also doesn’t explain how to view replays, or more importantly, how to report people. Therefore, if you suspect someone of cheating follow the steps below to view the replay:
1. If you suspect some of cheating, write their name down but finish the game.
2. Exit to the Multiplayer Menu; go into “Theater” and then “My Recent Games”.
3. Click on the map you just played and select either “Start File” to view right away, or “Place in My Shared Files” to view later.
4. While viewing the replay, you can you use the controls to view the suspect person. If you definitely think they are cheating, the game provides a way to report them. Watching the game replay adds all the players to your “Recent Players” list.
5. Go back to the main Multiplayer Menu, click “Friends” (bottom right), and then select the “Recent Players” tab. Find the person in question and double click their name. You’ll now be able to watch more of their games via their “Recent Games” tab, and also have the option of reporting them by selecting “Report”.
It’s real nice to see that a developer has finally stepped up and done something to help stop these cheaters. The new Theater Mode in Call of Duty Black Ops encourages a partnership between the developer and the people who vow to play fair. So be forewarned, if you cheat, someone out there is going to get tired of it, watch your replays, and report you to Treyarch.
Want to help? It’s simple. Just spend a few minutes of your gaming day reviewing leader board replays and report those you suspect. If you want to learn more about using Theater Mode, these guys produced real good video on catching leader board boosters and cheaters. http://n4g.com/news/649922/gamer-earns- … -black-ops