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Activision’s perma-banning Ghosts hackers

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I hope you’ve not been naughty when playing Call of Duty: Ghosts. If you’ve been cheating in the game, you may find yourself on the wrong end of the banhammer. Hell, you don’t even have to have been the naughty one yourself; users are reporting that merely being in a hacked lobby is enough to warrant a permanent ban.

Of course, some of those complaints are from chancers who have been justly booted from the game, but others seem to have been denied access to the shooter just by sticking about in hacked lobbies.

”After a bit of research and reviewing the past week or so of the games my son and I played, we believe the innocent players that did not either back out of a hacked lobby (due to not knowing) or were automatically placed into one are getting banned,” said user “tcsdaniels” on the COD forums.

“My son and I are clueless when it comes to most of it. Over the last week we did come to an agreement that we were losing a lot more than normal but we just contributed that to the assumption we were just getting placed with better people. We are more often then not the lowest scoring people every round we play and that should not be a reason to ban people and their console’s.”

A Reddit user “wuzzup” has  had a similar experience.

“I too, have been permanently banned. I play maybe a couple hours/week and have never done anything against the code of conduct,” he said.

Activision’s taking a no-nonsense approach this time around though.

“Bans are put in place after an account has been investigated into. Any code of conduct violations WILL result in a ban. The user is responsible for all actions taken on the account.”

“All bans are final and will not be reversed. Nor do we provide any additional information or specifics in regards to the ban,” they responded.

That’s unfortunate for people who’ve obliviously stumbled in to hacked lobbies, none the wiser. If Activision had taken the same stance back with Modern Warfare 1 and 2, there;’s be nobody left to play the game.

Last Updated: March 17, 2014

60 Comments

  1. Kensei Seraph

    March 17, 2014 at 08:02

    Could Activision be the new CoD killer?

    Reply

    • Admiral Chief of comments

      March 17, 2014 at 08:03

      XD

      Reply

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      March 17, 2014 at 09:19

      That would be crafty & diabolical.

      Reply

  2. Admiral Chief of comments

    March 17, 2014 at 08:02

    BANHAMMER?

    Reply

    • HvR

      March 17, 2014 at 09:31

      Hammer master you should travel to far away land of Cod Kiddies and show them the power and responsibility of the hammer,

      Reply

  3. Alien Emperor Trevor

    March 17, 2014 at 08:03

    What is a hacked lobby?

    Reply

    • Admiral Chief of comments

      March 17, 2014 at 08:04

      Wondering the same thing here

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      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        March 17, 2014 at 08:08

        To teh Googol for answers!

        It’s basically a modified game which allows for cheats & stuffs.

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        • Admiral Chief of comments

          March 17, 2014 at 08:16

          Ah, why would you cheat in MP?

          Sheesh

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          • Kensei Seraph

            March 17, 2014 at 08:18

            I have a friend who got to the max level in MW3 in about 2 hours of play thanks to a 16x Exp hacked lobby.

          • Admiral Chief of comments

            March 17, 2014 at 08:21

            Why would you be friends with someone like that?

          • Umar Praise The Golden Sun

            March 17, 2014 at 08:28

            Wow…you making them sound like evil monster….

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            March 17, 2014 at 08:29

            They are. Online cheaters should be forced to play COD as punishment! Oh… wait…

          • Admiral Chief of comments

            March 17, 2014 at 08:36

            XD

          • RinceIsIngwer

            March 17, 2014 at 08:54

            🙂

          • Kensei Seraph

            March 17, 2014 at 08:30

            In his defence he has the skills to back that level up.

          • marvel

            March 17, 2014 at 11:22

            how is that a defence?

          • Kensei Seraph

            March 17, 2014 at 13:03

            It’s a defence in the same way a piece of cardboard is a defence.
            Not a good one but still better than a piece of paper.

          • marvel

            March 17, 2014 at 16:35

            correct me if im wrong but with enough play time almost anyone could get that level?

            but i concede, u did get me on the technicality. it is a defence

          • Umar Praise The Golden Sun

            March 17, 2014 at 08:19

            Maybe he was part of Eddie Guerrero’s crew

          • Hammersteyn

            March 17, 2014 at 08:20

            So the lied as well, but what did they steal?

          • Umar Praise The Golden Sun

            March 17, 2014 at 08:27

            Uhmm….They stolle the WWE championship belt? I didn’t think that far lol

          • Hammersteyn

            March 17, 2014 at 08:37

            The guys who were banned, They cheated, they lied about cheating but did they steal anything? I miss Eddie

          • Umar Praise The Golden Sun

            March 17, 2014 at 08:46

            I don’t know, probably didn’t steal. But they are part of the Eddie’s crew so who knows lol and yeah indeed, me too

    • Grimthwacker

      March 17, 2014 at 08:07

      And more importantly, how would someone know the lobby is hacked? Is there a notice saying so? Or are the kids more rude than usual?

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      • Kensei Seraph

        March 17, 2014 at 08:14

        They’re probably less rude.

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    • RinceIsIngwer

      March 17, 2014 at 08:53

      It’s a lobby… That’s been hacked…

      Reply

      • Brenz

        March 17, 2014 at 09:31

        Hey Rince you play on Xbox right?

        Reply

        • RinceIsIngwer

          March 17, 2014 at 09:38

          Yip.

          Reply

          • Brenz

            March 17, 2014 at 09:44

            I won a R100 Xbox live voucher on Friday, and I dont have anyone to give it to as all my mates play ps3, and I remembered you play on xbox, so this is your lucky day as I would like to gift it to you for being such a stand up guy.

            post your email and I will send it to you

          • RinceIsIngwer

            March 17, 2014 at 09:56

            Oh awesome man 🙂 That is very nice of you! I thought the internet was just full of trolls and cats?

          • Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

            March 17, 2014 at 09:57

            Everyone! Sign this dude up for donkey clown porn.

          • RinceIsIngwer

            March 17, 2014 at 09:59

            Too slow 😛

          • Mark Treloar

            March 17, 2014 at 10:46

            Not sure which is scarier the porn or the fact that YOU know it exists?

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            March 17, 2014 at 10:53

            Well you can basically throw any 2 random words together in front of “porn” & you’re pretty much guaranteed it exists.

          • Brenz

            March 17, 2014 at 10:00

            even trolls can be nice once in a while 😉

    • MG

      March 17, 2014 at 11:24

      Basically there is a tool you can run on your pc and connect to the PS3 via proxy to allow changes in the game. My mates and I were placed in hacked lobby about 3 weeks ago in Ghosts, and the host had god mode on, was flying around the map, and basically a kill was instant prestige (for anyone), regardless of your current level. Every time you died you received a squad point, and sprinting was up to 400% faster than usual. We quit as soon as we found out, but we noticed we were placed way up on the lobby leader board (like 15,000th place worldwide.)

      Reply

  4. Admiral Chief of comments

    March 17, 2014 at 08:05

    • Hammersteyn

      March 17, 2014 at 08:19

      Frodo used wallhack. Sauron reported him to admins.

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief of comments

        March 17, 2014 at 08:20

        He lost a finger for that one

        Reply

  5. Umar Praise The Golden Sun

    March 17, 2014 at 08:07

    • Hammersteyn

      March 17, 2014 at 08:16

      ROFL

      Reply

    • RinceIsIngwer

      March 17, 2014 at 08:58

      HAHAHAHA

      Reply

  6. Hammersteyn

    March 17, 2014 at 08:19

    So what happens when you are banned, do you just get to play with aimbotters even if you never used it?

    Reply

  7. Pieter Kruger

    March 17, 2014 at 08:22

    COME PLAY…..

    Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      March 17, 2014 at 08:29

      * COME PRAY

      Reply

      • Pieter Kruger

        March 17, 2014 at 08:44

        I know right? Game is amazing but praying to it……..?

        Reply

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          March 17, 2014 at 08:46

          Damn those idolaters & their worship of the Golden Poo!

          Reply

          • Hammersteyn

            March 17, 2014 at 09:19

            LOL

        • Hammersteyn

          March 17, 2014 at 09:19

          Come pray for SA serves and a SA release. Wow I’m also getting guest upvotes.

          Reply

          • Pieter Kruger

            March 17, 2014 at 09:49

            Honestly, been rocking it on the Xbone with a 211ms ping! I can more than hold my own! This game is the bees knees!! Stop my pounding heart, it’s non stop, fast action all the way!!! SERIOUSLY, go get it!!

          • Hammersteyn

            March 17, 2014 at 09:58

            Maybe one day. Dark Souls 2 is where I am investing my time at the moment.

    • Rikus

      March 17, 2014 at 11:13

      Why did you post the same image three times? Does repeating it make it more true or more believable?

      Reply

  8. Brady miaau

    March 17, 2014 at 08:36

    “All bans are final and will not be reversed. Nor do we provide any additional information or specifics in regards to the ban,” they responded.”

    so you can be banned without knowing the reason why? What are the legal options around this type of thing? “All Rights Reserved” sign and Eula cover all manner of sins, then?

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    • SheHulkNigri

      March 17, 2014 at 08:52

      That and the fact that the Activision Bible reads in Genesis 1:1 “In the Beginning, Activision created the heavens and the earth, and if I swing the mighty ban-hammer, thou shalt accept thy punishment for I, the lord your COD has spoken…”

      Reply

    • Weanerdog

      March 17, 2014 at 09:48

      Yip those terms and conditions basically say that your right to play may be revoked at any time for any reason. That is why they can shut down old game servers.

      Reply

  9. Bad@$$

    March 17, 2014 at 10:20

    If they ban the hackers, who will play ghost then. There will be no one left to play

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  10. Michael Matusowsky

    March 17, 2014 at 17:36

    “Nor do we provide any additional information or specifics in regards to the ban,” they responded.”

    Lawyer talk for “If we banned you by accident, too bad.”

    Reply

  11. Activision Needs to Fuck Off

    April 8, 2014 at 05:36

    Hey Activision, how about you stop being a bunch of fucking retards banning players that don’t deserve it and instead start paying attention to the cheating reports you put in the game for this specific reason?

    Reply

  12. TronUniverse

    September 15, 2014 at 12:28

    Can we record and send the full cheatcrap report of a hacker and specify them fully?

    Reply

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