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Japan Takes Gaming Seriously: Gamers Criminally Charged for Cheating Online

Japan Takes Gaming Seriously: Gamers Criminally Charged for Cheating Online

Jails are already overflowing too much for the US to try this.




Japan might be a bit lax on going after child pornography, but not so on video game cheaters.  According to Yomiuri Online (by way of Kotaku) three gamers aged 17-18 have had criminal liability charges filed against them for using cheat hacks in the online first-person shooter game: Sudden Attack.

This is not the first time players have used hacks, especially in FPS style games.  Anyone who has played Call of Duty is used to seeing a variety of cheats, though some companies are better than others at locking things down once cheats become known.  Apparently Nexon, the company behind Sudden Attack, has decided to lock things down with a bit more than just some coding changes.

 


Example of some of the type of cheats in the game

 

It is unknown exactly why these three gamers have been targeted out of the probably hundreds of others that also use cheats, perhaps they caught attention for actually writing cheat code and not just using it.  Time will tell how this plays out.

 





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About the Author - Jeremy Shane


Jeremy was born in a small mountain village of a strange foreign land called Weystvurginea.  Banishment for liberal views saw him spend years wondering the east coast until he decided to bike to California.  When he saw how long a trip it was, he drove instead.  Now he's living it up in a low humidity climate, sometimes working on his photography and when not, he writes for us covering books (by way of his blog: Reading Realms), gaming, tv, movies, comics, conventions in the SoCal area, and creates a weekly webcomic: A Journey Through Skyrim.  If you look for him offline, start in the L.A. area; online start at: www.jeremyshane.info for his profile and all the social networks he's on... or just follow him on twitter, he seems to be on there a lot: @jeremyshane.

 


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