Sony targeting PlanetSide 2 'scumbag' cheaters

SOE president John Smedley says company is "aggressively" banning those found using hacks in new free-to-play shooter.

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Sony is going to war with PlanetSide 2 hackers. In a series of tweets last night and this morning, Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley said the studio is "aggressively" seeking out and banning those found using hacks in the new free-to-play game.

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"I want to make some very clear statements about hacking in PlanetSide 2," Smedley said. "We are aggressively banning people. As they develop hacks, we will break the hacks. We have time and great people. Trust that this is a top priority. Hackers will not win."

Smedley called out one specific gamer, saying each of his three accounts had been banned, but not before firing off some harsh words. "Goodbye you scumbag. Find a new hobby or get good at the game," he said.

PlanetSide 2 launched last month exclusively on PC. For more, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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DarkSaber2k

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How is "Company says it will ban cheaters from it's online game" a news-worthy story?

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@DarkSaber2k whine some more for me... For not being a kid, ya sure do get worked up over some video game news posts bro. Your comment was the first one I read and first thought too mind was what a cry baby.. Lol

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@DrizztDark @DarkSaber2k Funny, you're the one who stretched this out this long effectively qq'ing about whining (and also the name calling, since we seem to be evaluating who the kid in this is)

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.....lol your a tad on the socially awkward side aren't ya

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@DrizztDark @DarkSaber2k Nope. Arf arf.

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@DarkSaber2k I'm haven't fun with it lol. Can I get another reply baby saber?

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@DrizztDark (Hint: It starts in "Y" and ends in "ou")

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@DrizztDark @DarkSaber2k I'm crying and you're replying. So who is the bigger fool?

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@DarkSaber2k damn bro your still crying.. Lol what's your in game chr name so me and boys tea bag the shit out of ya.

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@DarkSaber2k this is a pretty dumb comment... Sorry man had too call ya out. Just another warning that you will be banned instantly if you hack. It's just too get a point across so nubs don't cry when it happens ass clown

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@DrizztDark @DarkSaber2k Not as dumb as your reply. If someone is too stupid to figure that hacking Planetside 2 will get you just as banned as any other MMO game, then Makuchs laughable attempts at "journalism" are hardly gonna affect matters.

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@DrizztDark "sum" already got, but thanks for the concern.

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@DarkSaber2k get sum

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@SirNormanislost It's words arranged into a narrative structure, the actual "news" quotient of that is up for debate.

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@DarkSaber2k

well its here in a news article so it is actually news :)

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@SirNormanislost And I say it isn't news no matter how much you say it is. Isn't this fun! :)

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@DarkSaber2k

in the beta.....they have done this to reasure all there potential customers since the game has actually been released now it also still doesnt change the fact that this is gaming news no matter how much you say it is not

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@SirNormanislost "its a new game and this is the first time theyve taken a stance against hackers" Actually it isn't. They were taking action against hackers in the beta,

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@DarkSaber2k

i'll link this since you still dont seem to have read the article

"SOE president John Smedley says company is "aggressively" banning those found using hacks in new free-to-play shooter"

its a new game and this is the first time theyve taken a stance against hackers which is actually news

"Lungs process oxygen"

thats been known for a long time and wasnt announced in the last few days which is why it isnt news worthy and is also a very poor comparrison

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@DrizztDark @DarkSaber2k It's not news. And I'm not a kid, no matter how much you wish that were true,

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@DarkSaber2k oh god your one of those... Stfu damn... It is news you butthurt kid

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@SirNormanislost "Player gets banned for cheating in an online game" is no more a news story than "Lungs process oxygen"

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@DarkSaber2k

did you read the article at all? the part about how they banned one of their players? that part alone is worth it being a piece if GAMING news

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:) bit immature reaction but still fun to read.

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@Rovelius immature? Lol calling someone a scumbag cause they are is immature. Can't stand weak people like yourself think we should use nice words for people that are cheating pieces of shit. There is that nice enough for ya?

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@DrizztDark It's not the choice of words but his personal emotional involvement that I find immature. Just like yours.

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@TohouAsura @nameaprice @DrizztDark You all need a hug.

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@nameaprice @Rovelius @DrizztDark And I'd prefer not to see any of your comments when I scroll down to see the public opinion on matters.

But I do anyway. Ain't life a bitch?

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@Rovelius @DrizztDark Id prefer emotional involvement rather than no response at all

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@DrizztDark :3

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@Rovelius derp derp...

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i hate multyplayer cheating assholes shot them in the pinner

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So, what about those games that you can buy a super gun and kill everyone? Soem peopel can't buy those armor, weapons, etc. DLCs are good sometimes, but for MP focused games, they suck almost all the time.

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props to Sony

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This is a good thing Sony is doing.

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"Goodbye you scumbag. Find a new hobby or get good at the game,"

Love this, +1 to Smedley. I personally just don't get people that use hacks or exploits in games. I forget which old video game show from the later 90's and early 2000's it was, but they always ended their show with "And remember if you cheat at video games, you're only cheating yourself" that always made so much sense to me, where is the fun without the challenge? I guess its like some people below posted hackers and cheats are sad people that need that ego boost.

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Try to play Dark Souls on the PC is full of noob hackers.

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Way to stand up to cheater Sony. you have my respects for doing what other only talk about doing

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Good, no mercy on cheaters.

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I like this guy =D

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Good job SONY!

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heh..... they are removing the poop stains.

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If people have time to hack, then they have time to face the consequences for what they have done. It's very simple. Don't hack and you won't get banned.

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Hell yeah, nice job sony! I wish more devs would be more active about banning hackers online. I ****ing hate hackers, ruins the fun for everyone who is trying to play legit, they should track them down and cut both their hands so they can never play a video game again.

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@jack00 A much better solution: Put the hackers in a real life version of the games they hack. Hack a war game, get shipped off to Pakistan. Hack a city building game, and you get handcuffed to a garbage truck. And then, we can pine for a space game, and use the conscripted fugitives, for a "test" mission to Mars. :-)

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All good ideas gentlemen, but I prefer mine :)

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Thats...a bit radical, don't you think? Maybe if we just cut off 1 digit from each hand at random, I think that would be better received by the public. :D

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I like how they send such a vibrant message to hackers,it sounds more like if they were influenced by Hollywood movies' last sentence before the death scene

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And here I wondering if sucked because I kept dying during a one and one face off. On second thought... Nope, I still suck.

http://popculturegalaxy.com/

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Good thing they are trying to sytop it.

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*stop

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Great last words to the player

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Sure, it's cool they're doing this, but those darned hackers will just make a new account and do it again!

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EA/DICE need to take notes from Sony

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@GamerOuTLaWz EA will encourage hackers.

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@hangman000 @GamerOuTLaWz You mean EA doesn't care about hackers in their games?

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lol he mad

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The thing about banning these fools is even if they make another account, they won't get anywhere in the game before being banned again and again. It takes awhile to acquire all the goodies in this game and you are pretty much nothing with low skill levels. The fact that you have to pay to really boost your stats means these guys will be losing money on every account they make if they pay to get the skill points. It's really pointless to use hacks in this game as all you will be is cannon fonder for the other player every time you get in the game. Then you get banned. What's the point?

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@blackace You don't even have to pay to be good at this game. You only need skills. It is a god damn FPS and no one is "OP" because they are Prenium or they bought something with Station Cash. The fact is that everybody can have the very same items, it only depends on your skills and the amount of time, yep like every MMO, you will put in this game. It is Free to Play and not Pay to Win like so many games out there... Looking at you Korean games. SOE did a great job there and people should be thankful that there's finally an almost perfect F2P game out there.

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@Vinland_Fighter @blackace

its not "pay to win" its more "pay to not spend weeks and weeks to get all the goodies you want" which if you dont have tons of time to put into the game is fair enough personally i like having tons of stuff to work at to unlock gives me a reason to keep playing