Saturday, March 31, 2012

Flying glitch - Hacked lobbies

Lately, there has been an outbreak of hacked / modded lobbies where players end up flying off into the air. After witnessing this first hand, I can give some details on what happens in this kind of hacked lobby:

When you shoot somebody and your bullets hit, you will get hitmarkers and it will look as if they disappeared. This isn't the case. In these kind of hacked lobbies, shooting somebody actually sends them flying back at a very fast speed. So fast that you don't even realize it at first.

If the player you just shot is close to a wall etc, he or she will fly and smash against it (but take no extra damage). If the player isn't beside a wall, he or she will most likely fly backwards and then float / fly up into the sky.

Sometimes, players fly up into the sky and stay on top of the map. However, sometimes (like in my case), the player flies up and then floats outside of the map, until they fall beneath it. After you fall beneath the map in MW3, you are met with nothing but darkness. At this stage, you have to either wait the game out or quit. Below is a video of the hacked lobby I ended up in:

What do I do if I end up in a hacked lobby?

If you've landed in a hacked lobby, you should immediately power off your console. DO NOT leave the game. Simply hit the power button on your console or hit the dashboard button. Some hacked lobbies will mess with your stats. I've witnessed people getting -1000000 deaths added to their stats. I've also seen guys have their XP taken away from them, which means that they were sent all the way back to Level 1. If you stay during the game or if you press "Leave Game", anything that happened to your stats will be recorded. However, if you power your console off or dashboard, the game won't save your stats. Be careful, as there are a number of modded / hacked lobbies on MW3 at the moment.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Gun Game added to MW3

IW have announced that they are adding a game mode called FFA Gunplay to the Community playlist, alongside Infection and Dropzone.

FFA Gunplay will include four variations:

Gun Game

Like in Black Ops, you will have to progress through 18 different weapons in order to win. This includes 2 sniper rifles.

Second Variation of Gun Game

This game will cycle through six different weapons, three times over. I'm guessing that this will be kind of like sharpshooter.

One in the Chamber

One in the Chamber will also be returning to MW3 as a public game mode. Players will begin with one bullet and a tactical knife. In order to earn another bullet, you must kill another person. That means that if you miss your first shot, you will be left without ammo, forcing you to use your knife. Each person will have 3 lives per round.

Community-created game mode

Everyone spawns with a USP and a tactical knife. Nobody has any ammo. In order to get ammo and use your weapon, you must kill somebody and grab the scavenger pack that they dropped. After you're killed, you respawn with no ammo.

Overwatch map on PS3 keep crashing

According to PS3 players, one of the DLC maps "Overwatch", keeps crashing. According to those that have experienced it, the game will load the map and then crash when 2 or 3 minutes of gameplay have passed.

Other PS3 players have said that their consoles froze and that they received a number of "Lost connection to host" errors (more than what is usual).

One player on the Call of Duty forums wrote:
I played 2 games. First game my ps3 froze, second one I lost the connection to the host. My brother also played Overwatch 5 times. 2 freezes, 3 times lost connection to host.

While a playlist update was pushed today, some have said that it didn't patch or fix the problem. Obviously, IW aren't aware of the problem yet.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Leaked Black Ops 2 multiplayer information

Apparently, information about the Black Ops 2 multiplayer have been leaked on the Internet. Details include a new game mode called Escort and a revamped Perk system. The MOAB will not be returning, nor will Infected. However; Drop Zone and Kill Confirmed will both be returning in the next Black Ops game.

Read more about the Black Ops 2 Multiplayer Leak.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Why did Robert Bowling resign?

The big question on everyone's mind right now is "Why did Robert Bowling resign?"

Theory #1:
Robert Bowling got tired of all the hate that he received from Call of Duty players on Twitter. It eventually got to a point where he could no longer take it.

Personally, I don't think this is the real reason for his resignation. Bowling has been receiving hate for a long time now. It's apart of the job description, unfortunately. For years, he has served as the community manager / creative strategist for Infinity Ward and I'm pretty sure that he had (or grew) the thick skin that was needed in order to deal with the daily insults (and sometimes, even threats). Then again - maybe I'm completely wrong. Maybe it did reach a breaking point for him. Or maybe he just got tired of all of the negativity.

Theory #2:
Robert Bowling left Infinity Ward to join Respawn Entertainment.

This doesn't seem likely. As soon as he announced his resignation, a lot of people assumed that Bowling would be joining Respawn Entertainment. In case you didn't already know, Respawn is a company made up of ex-Infinity Ward Developers/Designers. In 2010, two of the lead heads of Infinity Ward were fired by Activision. After they were fired, a lot of the developers at Infinity Ward resigned and followed them to form a new company called Respawn Entertainment.

The reason this looks unlikely is because Respawn announced that they still had their own community manager and that people should ask Robert Bowling (and not them) where he was going.

Theory #3:
Robert Bowling was fired by Activision or forced to resign.

Stranger things have happened. I mean; Activision did fire Vince Zampella and Jason West, who were two of the original founders of Infinity Ward.

So far - there's absolutely no evidence of this being the case.

Theory #4:
Bowling left because he didn't have full creative control over where the series was heading.

This sounds plausible. Maybe he disagreed with Activision over a key part of the series and decided to call it a day? Maybe he felt as if Call of Duty was heading in a direction that he didn't like? Maybe Activision (or somebody else) overstepped a decision of his or denied him an important request?

Theory #5:
Robert Bowling resigned because he fell out with other employees at Infinity Ward.

Again; there's no evidence of this being the reason behind Robert Bowling resigning. However; these kind of things do happen, even at large companies like Activision. Maybe some sort of internal conflict took place and Bowling decided to leave? Maybe company culture (or lack of) was behind his decision? Maybe he just couldn't stand the atmosphere?

Theory #6:
Robert Bowling left to pursue other projects.

This sounds like a very likely explanation. Bowling has been known for having several side projects. Maybe he has decided to embark on a new venture?

Still just a theory, however.

Robert Bowling resigns

Infinity Ward's creative strategist / community manager has resigned today. Robert Bowling, aka Fourzerotwo announced his resignation on Twitter:
Today, I resign from my position as Creative Strategist of Call of Duty, as a lead of Infinity Ward, and as an employee of Activision.

This means that Robert Bowling no longer works for Infinity Ward or Activision as he has resigned from his position. This follows last year's spectacle, when a vast majority of the developers behind Call of Duty left Infinity Ward after two of its founders were fired by Activision. Those developers went on to form Respawn Entertainment, which is a gaming company under EA.

Infinity Ward's twitter account also reacted to Bowling's resignation:
We wish Robert all the best. Thanks for everything. For continued MW updates & all things IW follow @infinityward.

Respawn Entertainment were also quick to make a statement:
For all those asking, @abbieheppe is still our Community Manager. You'll have to ask @fourzerotwo where he's headed next.

The question is: Why did Robert Bowling resign? Did he become tired of the harassment he faced on Twitter? Did Activision fire him? Did he dislike something that Activision did? Or did he simply just want to move on to other things?

Bullets send players flying glitch

A Reddit user called trunksbomb joined a Team Deatmatch game on Carbon, only to find out that receiving damage from bullets would send you flying off into the air. Now obviously, this is one of the hacked / modded public lobbies that we've been hearing about over the past few weeks or so. Seeing is believing, and it looks as if hackers / modders have managed to bypass MW3's security and create public modded lobbies. In this match, trunksbomb said that after players were hit by bullets, they'd fly off into the air, sometimes landing outside of the map and being transported to the top of it. This obviously a serious situation for IW, who are no doubt trying to figure out the security flaw that allowed these type of modded public lobbies to exist.

EDIT: A few days later, I landed in a hacked MW3 lobby. I ended up flying up into the air and outside of the map:

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Hacked / Modded lobbies in MW3

Yesterday, the community manager for MW3 (Robert Bowling) warned players not to accept random game invites from people they don't know. Apparently, hacked/modded lobbies / challenge lobbies have made their way onto MW3. In case you didn't already know, a hacked lobby or a challenge lobby can mess around with your stats. For example; some lobbies will rank you up to 15th prestige automatically, whereas other lobbies will actually take away all of your stats. On Twitter, Bowling said:
Do not accept game invites or join Private Matches from any player you don't know & trust in #MW3. There are dirtbags up to dirtbag things.

It has been said that Infinity Ward are working behind the scenes to fix these hacked lobbies and restore anyone that has been affected by them back to their real rank.

Apparently, these lobbies have been happening on both the PS3 and the XBox 360. One PS3 player said that his friends asked him to join a lobby that would give him quad XP. However, he refused to join, fearing that somebody would hack his stats or derank him.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Gamebreaking AC-130 glitch found on MW3 - Blackbox

This doesn't look good. On a game on Blackbox (one of the new MW3 maps), a player manages to fire AC-130 bullets / rockets from his actual character by using some sort of glitch that he discovered. He was also able to fly up onto the top of one of the buildings on the map so that he could shoot unlimited AC-130 bullets. This makes me wonder. Is it a glitch in the game or has somebody managed to hack MW3?

Double XP now live on MW3

Double XP is now live for Modern Warfare 3 on all platforms. In case you didn't already know, Double XP does exactly what it says on the tin. If you get 900 points in a game, 1800 points will be added to your XP.

To make use of Double XP this weekend, you might want to give game modes such as Infection and Kill Confirmed a try. You might also want to pay close attention to what type of challenges you can complete in order to earn some extra XP and rank up.

What time does Double XP on MW3 start?

It started at:

* 2AM PST (US)
* 5AM EST (US)
* 9AM in UK / Ireland