The other day, Treyarch listed the new regulations they’re imposing for Call of Duty: Black Ops II. Now, I’m all for keeping the playing field as honest as it could be in real life, but some of these rules just aren’t going to work. The problem with trying to clean up online play is that you risk losing sales on the next installment.
Treyarch has had years to keep “offensive” or “abusive” behavior out of their online experience, and to suddenly slam the door in fans’ faces is dangerous. Yeah, it’s annoying to hear some brat talking trash about you and your mom, but don’t you want to be able to vent your victory after returning the death-count favor? We’ll see how many of the rules—that I’ve enclosed below—Treyarch will actually enforce, and if the next COD sales suffer for it. What do you guys think? Are you happy for the changes or is this about to get annoying? Just two more days before you can get your copy!
Modding / Hacking: Any user who runs a modified version of game code or uses a modified game profile is subject to penalty.
Pirated Content: Any user who illegally acquires Call of Duty: Black Ops II content is subject to penalty.
Unsupported Peripheral Devices and Applications: Any user who utilizes an unsupported external hardware device or application to interact with the game is subject to penalty. Unsupported peripheral devices and applications include but are not limited to modded controllers, IP flooders and lag switches.
Boosting: Any user who colludes with another user to exploit the game for the purpose of gaining XP, prestige, game score, weapon level, or in-game unlock is subject to penalty.
Glitching: Any user who abuses an exploit in game code or other established rule of play is subject to penalty. An example includes but is not limited to using a hole in the map geo to intentionally go outside of the map boundary.
Offensive Behavior: Any user who is found to use aggressive, offensive, derogatory or racially charged language is subject to penalty.
Offensive Emblems: Any user who creates an emblem with sexually gratuitous images, racially offensive material or foul language is subject to penalty.
Offensive Live Streams or Unauthorized Live Stream Content: Any user who is found to have offensive or unauthorized content in their live stream is subject to penalty. Offensive content includes but is not limited to foul language, racially charged language, and nudity. Unauthorized content includes but is not limited to unlicensed music, TV shows, movies and brand logos.