Modern Warfare 2 is an incredibly fun experience online, whether you’re grouping up in one of the few rooms that allows party chat or going lone wolf like I tend to. The game is consistently rewarding, and I rarely feel frustrated to a degree where I consider quitting.
That used to be the case until a new exploit in the game became all the rage. You may have experienced a scenario where an enemy soldier sprints towards you with a Javelin launcher equipped, intent on suicide. You pop a few rounds into him, mutely thanking the newbie for an easy kill. Just as you begin gloating, the oncoming adversary explodes and takes you down with him. By using some sneaky controller manipulating, the griefer is essentially turned into a human bomb with a dead man’s switch. Killing him causes the Javelin to go off, triggering a massive explosion.
Fortunately, this new way to show your immaturity is being patched, and those who are caught using it face bans. This got me thinking, however. As much as this glitch peeves me, there are some legitimate things in Modern Warfare 2, and other games besides, that aren’t exploits per se but are incredibly underhanded.
To stick with MW2, there’s a class load-out which consists of using Marathon, Lightweight and Commando, essentially making you a teleporting knife-wielding cheetah. It’s totally legitimate, but totally cheap. This sort of thing isn’t just confined to MW2, though. A long time ago while I was playing World of Warcraft with a friend, he was challenged to a duel which he accepted. My friend plays a Paladin healer, so he won by way of healing himself constantly. The other player accused him of cheating and threatened to report him, but the Paladin’s healing ability is in the game.
What I’m getting to is this: when is something that is included in a game considered cheating or being unfair and when is it justified? Have you guys run across any “features” that have made you want to reach through the internet and slap your aggressor? Where do you draw the line between glitching and playing the game legitimately? Share some experiences, if you like.