Reality Check - Could Watch Dogs Be Real?

This week on Reality Check, Cam investigates the sci-fi surveillance and hacking of Watch Dogs to see if it could actually be real.

Discussion

66 comments
Wensea10
Wensea10

I would say yes, the game has some portions that are based on reality.

ghaladen
ghaladen

Can you do an episode about gamer rage? Particularly the unhealthy, destructive kind? Appreciate everything you do. 

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

This is my comment BEFORE watching the video:

Watch Dogs is the 2nd most realistic open world I've ever played in.
I disregard any comments regarding how the miniature facts about NPCs affects my decisions to steal from them... it simply doesn't. Knowing you have a newborn on the way isn't going to stop me what-so-ever from draining your account so I can buy a bigger pistol.

But I digress, the world feels just more alive then say, GTA or Assassin's Creed*

Part of this IS due to the little facts though, feeling like I know a little bit about their "lives" does make it feel more alive. Also, the little conversations that you pick up while hacking everyone. They don't feel like randomly generated people unless you really look at it.

Still, the fact I can't see how draining the newborn's parents bank account affects their lives is what makes it feel not real. There's no consequence to your actions in this regard, and there.. yes... it does fall short.

*I have not played AC 3 or 4 as of yet. 3 there is no architecture to climb in comparison to the first 2, and so I haven't made a point to play it. 4.. well I haven't played 3 and I don't skip.

Liferipper
Liferipper

Wow we actually saw the camera man - that's rare

Cxera
Cxera

Felt like things took a leap back when chip cards were subverted by Tap to pay cards,

sedrikp39
sedrikp39

my laptop says Build 7600 Windows is not genuine!! am i being hacked???

apolloooo
apolloooo

i haven't played far, but isn't the first cutscene shows that aiden's phone is only the catalyst for the hacking? the actual processing happened in a computer somewhere, where his mentor is? so my theory is aiden's phone is connected to the computer. when aiden put command into his phone, the computer react and send the required signal to aiden's phone, then from aiden's phone to the device he's hacking. so technically it isn't the phone that does all the magics.

Minders
Minders

Any people willing to sacrifice freedom for security deserves neither freedom nor security

whitejackel
whitejackel

we live in a age of smart phones and dumb people.

RuthlessRich
RuthlessRich

Wasn't sure it was actually you speaking at the beginning, but the second you pronounced the R at the end of 'computer' that charming accent of yours pierced the veil :P

Zarkhaine
Zarkhaine

Awesome episode! scary thoughts though...

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

Yes, Cam is literally the ONLY presenter of Reality Check. You know, unless Seb's covering for him. Also, the accent kinda permeated the voice distorter.

Maybe I misunderstood, but it sounds like all of it is theoretically possible but that it'd require a WHOLE lot of work and the hopes that no one would ever alter or fix any weaknesses in the system.

trackles
trackles

Actually its quite easy thanks to tap N go scanners sold to the public they can walk past you and grab your credit card info and then create a clone and go on a shopping spree.

natanmir
natanmir

im scared, yes! i can control my TV and my air conditioner and my pc screen with my note 3! it's freaking amazing! O.o

Kinguard73
Kinguard73

We are wayyyyyy overly connected and need to disconnect. Seriously we need to do this least with credit cards. Without something personnel like a person to retrieve or use your credit Card with no wonder thefts are abundant.


That said, harmless crackers are having fun while hackers are ruining lives.

XCyberForceX
XCyberForceX

Damn, my account was hacked this morning when I passed through a toll and it took money out of my account!

Brando008
Brando008

Another stellar episode as always Cam! Really enjoyed this one

rajwraith
rajwraith

Unrelated:

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Anyway, great episode, Cam. Goodbye, Cameraman Greg. You are awesome.

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

Has anyone addressed the Wi-fi in the grenades yet?

amdreallyfast
amdreallyfast

Also, farewell Cameraman Greg (I am assuming that your first name is "Cameraman") and all the unsung heroes of the unseen production work!

amdreallyfast
amdreallyfast

To quote Tony Stark from Iron Man 3: " It's not the '80s, nobody says "hack" anymore."

I don't think that the interconnectivity is necessarily a problem.  It was going to happen sooner or later.  People like to tell things to each other, be it through mass snail mail, lots of phone calls, mass emails, or lots of social software.  

I think that a better question would be, "Is the damage caused by misuse of technology outweighed by the good that the technology has enabled?"  I would say, "Yes."  I like to think that it is better to stumble towards progress than languish in place out of fear.

Pawfalcon
Pawfalcon

Note to self: Turn off cellphone's WiFi when I leave the house.

tom_cat_01
tom_cat_01

Cam's show is SO GOOD!

Awesome episode

hitomo
hitomo

its called NSA, wake up ... dogs

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

Technology of any kind is either a danger or a benefit....

if tech is a benefit great, if tech can be turned into a threat then the people reversing tech are the ones we need to worry about....

the way I see it normal people use tech the way it's meant to, also with govt watch dog groups none really watch for the crimes or respond in kind....like the people who did the DDOS attack against Sony a few years ago...not 1 arrest.....not a 1, yet a moron kid who sends an E-Mail to the President of the US the FBI can pinpoint the exact terminal the message was sent and what time it was sent and arrest the person responsible....if they can do that for a message that was probably a joke then why not grab real hackers?? because with all their bluster the gov wants mass chaos, they want things insecure so that they can keep running their scams over us....

security is a joke, nothing is really 100% secure.....ever and anyone who believes security is 100% is either an enemy, a liar or both.....

I'd just for once like to hear more that these hacker terrorists are being dealt with severely because the crap they do is wrong...most groups do it to cause chaos just to watch the world burn......those are the more dangerous ones and the ones the authorities need to find and take down....

and like I said the average PC & tech users aren't hackers or criminals...

grenadehh
grenadehh

Um, what? It is already real. It's been real. It's obviously not as ridiculously easy as WD makes it look but this is already the world we live in. Shows like Continuum have long been addressing this kind of connectivity in the world and what it might lead to. I mean ctOS literally is the computer system from Continuum. Read the news.

suture
suture

Reality Check - NO
And pretty graphics dont make a good game, the story script is freaking awfull

yavix
yavix

"No matter where you go, everyone's connected." -Lain Iwakura'

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

does it stop crime having all those cameras everywhere?


nyran125tk
nyran125tk

be pretty silly if we all knew everything about each other. What would you talk about?


"hi my name is..."


"yes i know"


"hi i like..."


"yeah i know"


"hi my job is.."


"yeah i know"


"well, that conversation went well"

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

Well... after watching the video I can see that I missed the point almost entirely from the video. I was hoping this would be an examination of what makes a virtual open world FEEL realistic while playing.

Not surprised at any of the topics discussed in the video... actually rather dull.

I did however mention that Watch Dogs was the second most realistic open world game.

The first, obviously, is Skyrim.

r3trosim
r3trosim

@sedrikp39 Nope. Just means your Win product key doesn't check up. I've got that on my laptop too, and it turns out the prod. key is invalid (tho I'm not quite sure why tbh, but that doesn't matter).


If you were sold your computer with the OS installed, go back to them and query them on that - they shouldn't sell you illegitimate copies of Windows. If not.. well, there you are. It's just a message. I don't think any Windows features are blocked by having a bad product key. I certainly haven't had any trouble.


I don't suppose you've recently installed Windows on your computer (that is, manually, yourself)? If so, it might just be a case of you not having entered your product key yet (found on the Windows disc box if you got a physical copy).

apolloooo
apolloooo

Edit. it seems aiden uses, a pre-loaded app from his smartphone to access the devices connected to CtOS. it's not that  much different when you download an app on your phone that allow you change your TV channel or turn it on/off with your phone. and we know aiden didn't create it, he's just a user of said app that control the CtOS. the only difference is everything is connected in WD, so if you gain control of the center, you can get everything.

02pheland
02pheland

@trackles most non american countries use chip and Pin systems so even if they made a clone of your card its useless to them unless they also know the code. 

Smosh150
Smosh150

@Kinguard73 You mean crackers are ruining lives and hackers are trying to help. Somehow the term "hacker" was labeled as the bad guys when in reality hackers are legitimate IT Security personnel.

Verityrant
Verityrant

@Gelugon_baat It is alot like how everything, cyberware, guns, grenades, everything had wifi on it in crappy Shadowrun 4E.  Its a stupid gimmicky, "screw verisimilitude" way of making hackers combat relevant, and makes me feel like they think their audience must be stupid.  

vanti
vanti

@Pawfalcon At the very least disable the function to automatically connect to available WiFi networks...

reacher42
reacher42

@MJ12-Conspiracy also any hacker worth their salt will attempt to cover their tracks (which isn't terribly hard) unlike most twleve year olds sending a crank email

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

@MJ12-Conspiracy If a hacker is good enough they are given a job. Same as all the german scientists who went to work for the airforce/Nasa after WWII -like Von Braune. The next great area of conflict/competition isn't on the battlefield or in space however; it is digital -a bunch of people behind computers can do more damage than an army ever could- and the governments of this world are enlisting.

nl_skipper
nl_skipper

@nyran125tk I've heard this before, but here's a direct quote from Wikipedia (if you can trust that place...).


"A 2008 Report by UK Police Chiefs concluded that only 3% of crimes were solved by CCTV.  In London, a Metropolitan Police report showed that in 2008 only one crime was solved per 1000 cameras"


So.... not really.