In the land of the rising sun, three teenagers were arrested for cheating in an online game
Game cheats form a good percentage of users in the online gaming community which has constantly forced game developers and publishers into finding new ways to curb their behavior. There is literally no end to cheating in online gaming, cheaters and hackers continue to find ways to manoeuvre whatever security measures is placed on the system.
Some game publishers have since seen the need to partner with programmers and third party services, like Steam, to try and ban players who manoeuvre the system. However, Japan is done screwing around with stiffer measures to suppress gamers who cheat.
Three teenagers were reportedly arrested for cheating in the online first-person shooter Sudden Attack in Japan and this can confirm how serious it’s gona be over there in the land of the rising sun.
Yomiuri Online, one of Japan’s largest newspapers, reports that this is the first time gamers have had criminal liability charged against them in Japan for allegedly using cheat programs. One of the gamers is a university freshman, another is a 17 year-old vocational school student, and the last of the trio is a 17-year-old high school student. In Nexon’s statement about the legal charges, the company explains that these three players allegedly used the cheat tools repeatedly in the game. IT Media reports that distribution of cheats was also allegedly involved.
Cheating in online gaming is not something new. Not now, not a year ago and it isn’t stopping anytime soon. Obviously, cheating is annoying and creates an imbalance in the gaming ecosystem. But it wouldn’t be out of place to suggest that enacting a criminal tag over the action is a little bit over the top. I know you can argue, you are wrong, I love you but you are wrong. Developers should take responsibility for their actions, if something is secretly or mistakenly allowed in a game, and a gamer takes advantage of it. It literary makes little or no sense to subject such an action by the gamer to criminal justice. Otherwise, that could be the recipe for calamity.
I am not advocating for cheaters, neither I am of the opinion that cheating is cool. The act in condemnable in all ramification and I agree. A company like Nexon could have just created a system to ban such players instead of pressing charges against the teenagers. However, Nexon has come out to say they didn’t press charges; it was the police who did. Whatever the case and whichever it is to be believed, the idea of gaming shouldn’t be taken too far that it alters the idea of gaming generally.