First person shooter games are games with most known cheats and hack engines. This is mostly because of the multiplayer feature in these games, which has strong competitive component. After all, competition against other human players is the thing which attracts most players, but in the same time, every player wants to be best, or at least better than other players who play against him at any moment. If we know these facts, it is certainly clear why first person shooter games with competitive multiplayer feature are literally magnet for various hacks and cheats. Over the years, some of the hacks became better known that others, mostly because of their usefulness, but also because of the versatility. Whenever we talk about first person shooter games, most players will remember two or three most useful hacks used in these games. Among them are certainly Aimbot and wallhack cheats. There was already a bit of talk about aimbots, but we didn’t write much about wallhack so far. And it is very often used hack, and in some games even more than aimbot (for example, in Counter strike). In modern first person shooter games multiplayer is almost strictly tied to internet and public servers. This presents difficulty for applying hacks and cheats. Earlier, when multiplayer was based on local networks and home servers, it was easy to apply hacks and cheats, sometimes making them public, and sometimes sharing them with few other competitors. But now, in times when public servers are main playground, applying cheats and hacks in first person shooter games became much tougher job.
Using cheats in first person shooter games
Game moderators are quick to respond to any player report, and thanks to availability of documents which can support these reports it is fairly easy to gain temporary or even permanent account ban when using hacks. By documents we don’t think about written papers, but possibility to easily make screenshots and video clips which can show usage of some hacks or cheats. Even so, earlier it was no big deal if a player gets ban or his account get deleted. You could simply make new account, make new characters and continue playing. Of course, with same cheats applied until you are discovered again. However, in modern games player’s unique accounts became a rule. In modern first person shooter games player has too much to lose when he loses account to a ban. Today, account has all the achievements player got from the game, including unique gear, cosmetics, ranks, and other hard working stuff. But most important of all, almost all games today have some sort of premium currency used for purchases inside a game. This premium currency gained its name from the fact that it is not necessary to use it in order to play a game, but it can provide much better gaming experience and unique benefits to a player using it. Those players are called premium players. The main fact about premium currency is that it can be purchased only with real money. And of course, all your premium currency is tied to specific account. Very few games have the option of transferring premium currency between accounts. In fact, almost all first person shooter games insist on binding the currency to the account once it is bought. This fact along with the other things we already mentioned made player accounts very valuable possessions. Each player is risking by using cheats and hacks. The usual penalties imposed on those who are caught while using cheats and hacks in first person shooter games, especially in multiplayer mode of the game, are temporary or permanent account ban.
Temporary and permanent account ban
As the name implies, account ban is just what the name says: banning the player from using that account. There are two types of bans. Most usual punishments include temporary account bans, which can last from one day to several days, or even full month. Of course, we are talking about bans for using cheats and bans here. For some minor violations (such as cursing words where it is forbidden) ban can certainly be shorter, like an hour or few hours, but for serious violations of game rules (and cheats and hacks are certainly serious violations) usual ban is anything between a day and a week, and even more in some cases. However, in some games with strict regulations, using cheats and hacks, especially if that means money loss to other players, can lead to permanent account ban, which results in permanent lockout of the account, and sometimes in its complete deletion. If account is not deleted, sometimes it is possible to regain it; usually after some serious negotiations with game moderators and amends which player must take. But if player’s account is permanently deleted, there is no chance to recover it and a player must make completely new account. But don’t worry, things are not as scary as it seems. Modern cheats and hack tools are taking these facts into considerations, and every good hack tool has additional anti ban options and features which are meant to protect the player from these risks. In fact, we can say that today’s strength of cheats and hack tools lies in their ability to cover tracks of hacking procedures. It is easy to make good hack, but it is much harder to make it invisible and undetectable.