How can Sony, or From know about hackers on PS3? I highly doubt they somehow monitor each and every online session.
Sony would struggle to know individual games, but could likely regularly update software to pick up on whether the system has been tampered.
From, however, could easily detect impossible data being transferred in its code. With servers picking up on most hacks would be trivial. Try even a simple map hack in starcraft 2 and watch what happens. It wouldn't take long for that player to no longer have a copy of the game that is playable online. Sony and From each lack excuses. This stuff is standard in some games.
Rynn made a thread around here somewhere about going to quite some lengths in trying to report a hacker on Xbox and get the person banned. She contacted customer support, offered evidence, even video footage. Do you know what happened? Nothing.
That is consistent with other players' experience and even a well-known youtuber who calls out hackers in Call of Duty games. The report hacking option is absolutely worthless. I've seen no evidence of anybody being banned for hacking, ever. Message content? Sure. Inappropriate profile photos? Yeah, sometimes. But tampering with the console? That's okay apparently.
I believe the major problem lies in the popularity of using lawsuits for everything lately. Kid gets banned for hacking and the company can have a lawsuit and medial scandal on it's hands pretty easily. While there are terms of usage agreement etc, there's also the fact that you can do whatever you want with the things you paid for.
No way. Steam games don't even give you physical copies, and basically have in their ToS that they can take away your rights to a game for quite a few reasons. I've seen no evidence that people getting their access terminated have success in court. Kids getting banned for hacking and complaining about it would be effective positive PR advertising and nothing more.
Cases of modding, hacking etc are much more complex and difficult and thus best avoided, or dealt with internally, by issuing patches and fixes.
No. We have clear precedent, over half a decade old, of companies successfully and laudably banning people explicitly for hacking and nothing else. I will not accept such an excuse and give From/Sony/Microsoft a pass in doing so. They might not be able to pick up on modded controllers, but they sure as heck can detect and punish system tampering and impossible/violating data being transferred over the internet. It isn't that hard.
I think if youtubers were more responsible about their videos, i.e using legit builds, not showing hackers on their videos or even more important- not showing how to glitch, the problem would be lessened at least a bit..
Slightly, but trivially. If you can hack without consequences, it's not a secret that games will have hacks and people will find them.
its the fact people can sue if they are banned from online which is utterly ridiculous. Law suit to a company because they rightfully terminated your account based on terms of service? Well done planet earth
I don't buy it. These companies know what they're doing. Can you find any successful suits against Blizzard Entertainment regarding account bans in the last seven years+? If From/Sony/MS are using this as an excuse it's completely pathetic.
I'm not defending hackers, quite frankly I condemn them for ruining online play for others, but nothing about this is as black and white as people seem to think.
Actually, violations of terms of service are pretty clear.