Call of Duty: Black Ops – the game whose launch has been termed as the ‘biggest entertainment launch” – came under fire by PS3 gamers after hackers salvaged online multiplayer gameplay. People wondered why Treyarch hadn’t taken any immediate action to prevent hackers from spoiling all the fun. Well, Treyarch did take action: they held a meeting; where they decided to turn on an invisible security switch which makes use of “in-game security”.
This is what Josh Olin – Treyarch’s Community Manager – had to say: “As a platform provider this problem is much graver and has much broader implications to Sony than it does to us. To us, it’s like, it has implications on our game security but we built in a lot of in-game security that we were leveraging and utilising so it was kinda like flipping on a switch for that. I remember the meeting after all the headlines broke, though, and we were like ‘well, I guess, it’s time to turn on the security for the PS3 now’!”
Olin also voiced his opinion about the hackers versus Sony issue: “It’s unfortunate and I think the hacking community with their rational that it makes their homebrew apps possible on the PS3… I mean, okay, that’s their argument but they know the larger implication to the players who don’t want that and the people who can now modify their game data.”