Call of Duty cheaters beware: Activision is coming for you. The gaming company has introduced some strict new anti-cheating methods which literally take away people's guns if they don't follow the game's rules.
If the game's anti-cheating system Ricochet detects rule-breakers, they could face being disarmed, leaving them unable to defend themselves with even their fists, or even being banned from the game.
The anti-cheat system, which Activision claims has led to a 'significant' drop in cheaters, is more strict on virtual gun users than most states in the USA are on people who misuse assault weapons in real life.
Activision explained it is trying to 'annoy' cheaters as much as possible, saying: "When a bad actor is detected, we hit them with something from our mitigation toolbox (or all of them at once if we're feeling spicy) and analyze th data from the machine determined to be cheating.
"Beyond [our] mission to combat unfair play, we have a second somewhat secret mission to annoy as many cheaters as we can."
Since April, Activision has banned more than 180,000 players from both Call of Duty Vanguard and the free-to-play battle royale sim, Warzone. The new anti-cheat system will also feature in the upcoming Modern Warfare II.
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The game's new anti-cheat features are a sad reminder of just how liberal the US is when it comes to guns.
The 18-year-old gunman who killed 19 children and two adults at a primary school in Uvalde, Texas last month legally bought AR-15 rifles (capable of firing hundreds of rounds per minute) just days before the shooting, right after his birthday.
Texas does not require a licence to openly carry a rifle in public.
The killing led to further calls for gun controls and background checks in the United States, but there have been further mass shootings since.
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