Crime doesn’t pay, kids. Especially when said crime is in a virtual warzone.
Shortly after the October 25 debut of Battlefield 3, players began to discover ways to exploit the game’s rules. For proof, look no further than the video embedded at right. EA, sensing a possible imbalance in the playerbase, has swung into action, dropping bans on hundreds of players.
From the game’s official Twitter feed:
This week we’ve banned hundreds of offending accounts and have stats-wiped accounts for exploiting
The company, in keeping with common sense, failed to outline which exploits it sees as ban-worthy. I suppose one could argue that this makes playing the game a virtual minefield where one misstep might invite the wrath of a publisher’s banhammer, but realistically in these sorts of situations, the only people who end up banned are those who are obviously and willfully gaming the system for ludicrous gains.
As loathe as I am to side with any corporate entity over meatsack humans, I’m glad to see EA being so proactive in its efforts to police the huge Battlefield 3 community. Online multiplayer is the game’s greatest strength, and I’d hate to see that ruined by a few hundred teenagers with too much time on their hands and a mad-on for anything they can’t destroy.