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On January 24th, 2012 in News

Just as we thought the hacking issue with Battlefield 3 couldn’t get any worse, it now appears it has just that: in order to prove their point against PunkBuster, the cheaters and hackers over at ArtificialAiming have banned over 150 Battlefield 3 players by using a PunkBuster exploit. A forum post claims:

“In 2011 we hit them with a mass ban wave and now were are banning real players from battlelog while ggc-stream is totally unaware. We have framed 150+ bf3 players alone.”

There are numerous threads over at Battlelog about this issue, where innocent players have been banned. The issue has to do with PBBans and GGC — third party services that run on the vast majority of Battlefield 3 game servers.

DICE have stated that they’re looking into the issue, but at this point, hackers have pretty much gotten control of the game. And just to make matters worse, innocent players can now be banned with what appears to be a simple command and the user’s BF3 GUID.


  1. larsson
    January 24th, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    dafuq shit just got real

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    • Lolwut
      January 24th, 2012 at 8:18 pm

      Shit has been real.

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      • liar
        January 24th, 2012 at 8:29 pm

        Ugh. I’ve got a bad feeling things are going to get worse before they get better.

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        • Implied
          January 25th, 2012 at 3:50 pm

          Since Battlefield 3 is taking a Hail of Hacking (Hackfire?) to the Knee, and since I’ve still got BC2 Installed, guess its time for some White Pass ^^

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    • markus73
      January 24th, 2012 at 9:58 pm

      Your comment is meaningless. I’ll actually give an analysis since Mr. Hyde doesnt seem to see the bigger picture based on the vague talking points. Fact is too many kiddies with admin access to their friend’s server – the friend old enough to actually own a credit card any pay a few bucks a month for a server and sub to GCC or PBBans – shouldn’t have the power to do GUID based bans on those third party services for anyone old reason. I’ve seen an admin GUID ban because someone jet rammed him too many times. Annoying sure, but sorry, punishment doesn’t fit the crime.

      All this is, is a spotlight placed upon the idiots and kiddies abusing those admin powers and glad someone is calling it out, even though its by a group that also sells aiming software that wrecks the game. But that’s another issue that also exposes the fact DICE has left too much “out in the open” on the client-side and free to be manipulated by aiming software code, things like game variables in memory. If you’ve ever used “Trainer” software on any PC game in the last 20 years, its a familiar concept.

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      • Josh
        January 25th, 2012 at 8:12 am

        You’re a moron, do you really think the people that use trainers are the ones that write them? If you use a trainer odds are you have no idea how it works. They didn’t leave too much memory out in the open because that makes absolutely no sense. If you manipulate the memory of your machine you are only modifying client-side variables.

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        • Josh
          January 25th, 2012 at 8:13 am


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        • brad
          January 25th, 2012 at 2:26 pm

          no shit sherlock thats how game hacks work they modify client side variables which send info to the server there for thats how they are able to be used, you shoot at someone and miss the hack can modify the variables to say u didnt miss and then that variable is sent to the server who reads it as you didnt miss, therefore you killed someone when actually u missed.

          noone is none the wiser, untill u pull a full 1 shot headshot kill streak on the entire server or the kill cam shows u standing against the wall yet somehow killing 32 people.

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      • Pwnzyouexpress
        January 25th, 2012 at 11:20 pm

        Hey dice get even with them hack your own game to hack the hackers I know it dont make sence but think about and note to all people who read this that have experience in hacking try hacking the hackers and ruin them.

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    • TheLordVoldemort
      January 25th, 2012 at 1:49 am

      It ‘got real’ 2 weeks ago.
      A user was targeted by a user on the ArtificialAiming site and he went through Hell to get himself removed from the GGC ban list after a fake GUID ban.

      James Hyde, that information is 2 weeks old.
      This is what the hackers are doing now.
      One post, in particular (on the first page, by me), directs us to the AA site and has information on their next plan:
      A ‘mass attack on GGC’ because they’re the #1 anti-cheat measure for servers in BF3 and more servers use their measures than any others.

      Put this up in the blog post so many more can see it, understand it and report it to EA.

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    • Digitalism
      January 25th, 2012 at 5:19 am

      Yup. I guess everyone go play Battlefield all day until you get banned! Forget about work/school and just play Battlefield!

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      • .GoblinKrunch.
        January 25th, 2012 at 5:47 am

        I think that this officially means that Origin’s TOS from the start was a bunch of shit, because if they really meant what they stated in there at first, then they would have seen all these hacking programs on their computers, because remember, they stated that they had all access to your comp. Bull bull bull… this is so fucking gay. Hopefully this shit gets resolved soon.

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      • Pwnzyouexpress
        January 25th, 2012 at 9:57 am

        Jesus f*ck dice don’t just look in to it this is your game and your people that these monsters are f*cking with do something about shut down all the servers for a month if you have to just make the battlefield a place of war and strategy instead of a place of hacking and cheating, your gona start losing your god damned customers pretty soon if not already.

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        • liar
          January 25th, 2012 at 6:08 pm

          I can guarantee they’ve already lost good players from hacks. Not everyone is willing to put up with this kind of behaviour from games. There are too many good games out there right now. I can’t even convince any of my friends to come back to BF3 anymore. They don’t see it getting better whenever they log on, so they’ve finally just moved on.

          New DLC won’t make things better. So until these hacks are dealt with, there’s simply no motivation to get excited about anything DICE has in the pipeline, which we haven’t yet heard about.

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    • Colt_Gun
      January 25th, 2012 at 12:05 pm

      I don’t understand what these peoples cause is. They are obviously against EA and DICE for some reason but banning players means that the Players aswell as the Developers/Publishers will be against them. Most of the time when groups hack or exploit something that poses a major risk for the company they believe that it is for the good of the consumers, but this is just stupid. I do not see the point of Artificial Aimings actions. If anyone from Artificial Aiming is reading this, let it be known that you are a douche who only seems to want to cause harm to other people, even if there is nothing in it for yourself. Fucking assholes.

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      • liar
        January 25th, 2012 at 7:37 pm

        My guess is that there’s at least two reasons to ban innocent players.

        1. hackers are often trolls. this is their way of trolling and pissing off the player base. And it gets them attention; something they clearly lack in their real lives.

        2. Banning players IS an attack on EA/DICE. It has longterm consequences. Think of how many people are playing BF3 as their first BF game. Now they try it and it’s just hack-ridden. Many of these people won’t even bother returning to the BF series. It’s pretty standard. You try out a new product and it doesn’t work the way you wanted it to work. Oh well, you stick with what you knew and didn’t piss you off.

        Just guessing.

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        • Colt_Gun
          January 25th, 2012 at 11:03 pm

          Yea but if it is attention they seek then why? What do they need attention for? The whole organisation just seems like a disgusting hybrid between assholes and trolls.

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        • Pwnzyouexpress
          January 25th, 2012 at 11:10 pm

          I wonder if activation has anything to do with this because maybe they feel thretened that if dice creates more bf games they will no longer be the soo called top fps. Because bf3 did give activation a run for their money. Why else would simple hackers have a huge grudge on dice unless most hackers suck at bf and this the only way but I like my first reason it makes sense.

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        • IMKINDASURE....
          January 26th, 2012 at 7:27 pm

          ALL STFU!

          Play the game. xD

          Players who got banned…. sorry xD

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        • Squishyz
          January 27th, 2012 at 3:24 am

          they say the the only reason they are doing this is to show how bad punkbuster is and everyone knows PB is a piece of shit, free games have better anti cheat systems than this. Dice should just add another anti cheat system that is good and remove PB that will probably fix it.

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    • Mark Fischer
      January 27th, 2012 at 3:04 am

      I think i got banned, which really sucks cause i am innocent and dont use hacks

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  2. Dorian
    January 24th, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    DICE really fucked up with hackers, bad moderators, bad support.

    I wonder, how they could fucked up that really bad, so big game, huge advertisment company….

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      January 24th, 2012 at 8:02 pm

      DICE should make there own anti-cheat software. It could actualy work… or just tweak the 3rd party anti-cheat software.

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    • Implied
      January 24th, 2012 at 9:17 pm

      DICE has always had issues with PunkBuster. Never before to this extent of course, but they should have really dumped it years ago. Maybe they finally will now. Hopefully….

      Either way, DICE has had a terrible Patching and Anti-Cheating Record for a long time, Veterans know this more than the new guys but its getting out there now. Worse now that there’s no Mod Tools too.

      Since there’s obviously going to be no Mod Tools at this point, they might as well start Hard-Coding stuff. It should help against Cheating, but really only to a degree. Far easier than making a whole Anti-Cheating Program, which is a lot harder than it sounds.

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      • Your Friendly Neighborhood Poster
        January 25th, 2012 at 5:31 am

        I agree that they should get a new anti cheat system, but one thing a lot of people don’t seem to understand is that nearly every anti-cheat system has the same problem: the game of cat and mouse.

        Punkbuster: A new Punkbuster update comes out designed to catch a batch of known hacks. What do the hackers do? Make their hack undetectable again. And again. And again. And you guessed it; again! It’s the same exact thing with VAC, Warden, HackShield, Chaoc, GameGuard, you name it. Anti-cheat software is updated, hackers find a way around it every single time.

        My point is that Punkbuster isn’t perfect, but keep in mind nearly all anti cheating software have the same problem. Hackers will keep finding a way around anti cheating software until someone does something drastic or manages to make a nearly hack proof game, which I don’t see happening anytime soon.

        So my advice to anti cheat software designers is: Find a way to end the eternal game of cat and mouse once and for all.

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        • Pr0faker
          January 25th, 2012 at 9:48 am

          you know that is in a practical sense impossible. Yes you could make it practically uncrackable, but then the game would have to load for 2 weeks to get through that.
          The best way is to update the system as often as possible and thus keep the hackers busy on updating instead of actually using the hack longer then a few days.
          Also every server should have a build in system that will automatically ban players that get something like 15 kills in 5 seconds. No normal player should be able to do this even on metro so anyone that does is a obvious hacker. This will filter out the most annoying hackers, the ones that empty servers. The not so obvious ones are the ones that are annoying but also could be really good players. Those are nearly impossible to positively spot as a hacker although sometimes you can see them shoot through walls, get impossible headshots and so on.

          It is the responsibility of the game devver to get this right but for now all admins should put on a proconrulz rule with the above mentioned in it. (or similar program/plugin etc.)

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        • Pwnzyouexpress
          January 25th, 2012 at 10:11 am

          The last time I played against a full squad of hackers I noticed they all followed a kind of rutine and once I saw this I was able to kill them again and again. It was like it’s not really a full human playing but more of a bot/human playing it was strange. And also the really good hackers usually have a full team of hackers with them and a control over the server so maybe dice should not look at lndividual players but instead servers and their own staff.

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        • war_elephant
          January 25th, 2012 at 9:30 pm

          A simpler ? solution may be that EA, Punk Buster, and other gaming companies begin filing lawsuits against the owners of sites that sell cheating software. If the FEDS can shut down sites for selling pirated software, they can do it for cheating software as well. Do it under the copyright laws. Cheating will slow down quite a bit when the owner of FPS Cheats gets hit with a multimillion dollar lawsuit.
          Maybe after shelling out 60$ for a game that is ruined by hacks, we could start suing EA for failing to provide the product that was promised, a hack free (as much as possible) game.
          I know that I will hear from some about the unworkableness of these suggestions but I am certain that what has been done so far has not worked. Maybe it is time to try something else?

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      • Implied
        January 25th, 2012 at 9:44 am

        Difference is how the other options work however. VAC/VAC 2 (Valve Anti-Cheat) is off the table of course since its a Valve thing with Steamworks Integration and EA hates them right now, but VAC works differently than PunkBuster; PunkBuster scans Memory. VAC on the other hand, nobody really knows how it works, its got its ups and downs (can’t detect making walls opaque etc, doubt this would be a BF3 issue though), but it would probably be doing a better job of it right now, if only EA wouldn’t cock-block that. Not familiar with the others as much. I believe ESL Wire updated their Anti-Cheat for Battlefield 3 however, not sure if that could become Mainstream?

        Main thing is though, Battlefield has always has more issues with PB than other Games have, and I doubt DICE has even tested any other Anti-Cheat in recent years, so they’re really unprepared on that front this time.

        PB is bypassed by simply changing the GUID, its stupid. Other biggest FPSs from 2011 were Crysis 2 and MW3. MW3 uses VAC 2, and Crysis 2 uses GameSpy Network I believe.

        Red Orchestra 2 apparently uses both PB and VAC 2… Lol.

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  3. chris
    January 24th, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    its pathetic the lack of security and effort they put towards online gaming , you dont see any other online games having this kind of issue

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    • _p1_
      January 24th, 2012 at 7:48 pm

      lol play station network anyone?

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      • Viper1092
        January 24th, 2012 at 7:58 pm

        lol hey p1 just got banned from bf3 by punkbuster. This is bullshit, way to go EA

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    • callum
      January 24th, 2012 at 8:04 pm

      That’s because half of the fuckin developers and team at dice are into this hacking and cheating shit. Why do ya think they made a game that’s easy to cheat at? It’s all screwed up. Let’s all just play Mario lol

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    • EuroScept1C
      January 24th, 2012 at 8:13 pm

      Indeed… And it makes me wonder, if ArtificialAiming is behind this too, what really is going on? Who are they? Seems they hate something/someone too much…

      Whatever they do, they do it fully publicly… They advertise their cheats on Battlelog, they’ve Clan, likewise and now they’re announcing what they did again publicly… they act very arrogant with audacity.

      I’d really like to know what is going on. Certainly, they aren’t the only cheat-creators outhere, but…

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      • EuroScept1C
        January 24th, 2012 at 8:17 pm

        Also, especially on x64p servers, if you notice how many get cought, you’ll be amazed… In a single game 1 hour ago, I counted at least 20+ auto-bans!… We’ll never learn the real numbers. The situation is out of control and they must act decisively and quickly.

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    • Implied
      January 24th, 2012 at 9:20 pm

      Obviously you’ve never heard of the Modern Warfare 2 hacking issues on PC. Was terrible. Not as bad as this, but still, very, very bad.

      PSN was being hacked by Professional Hackers, not just a bunch of whiney brats with borrowed Coding from a bunch of losers. Its really completely different.

      ArtificialAiming has a Battlelog Clan? Uh, Auto-Ban DICE? /Facepalm.

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  4. Chris
    January 24th, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Bf3 is an incredible game. Theres no question about it, however its hard to find a decent game on pc where there isnt one hacker. Theres lots of problems and small tweaks that needs to be made as well as the hacker issue, untill everything has been resolved (mostly the hacking issue) the game is almost unplayable unless you find a decent server, which can be quite difficult.

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    • SickTwist3d
      January 25th, 2012 at 1:23 am

      That’s the ONLY benefit console players have, which is less hackers.

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  5. MRLoadingERROR
    January 24th, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    EA do something I got banned!

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  6. Mastiff
    January 24th, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    yeep no more tournaments, no more MP. no more DLC for me. Same issues on ARMA 2. hackers come in and make it rain arty every were and night and day hackes. and vehicle rain.

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  7. PastamaniaGuy
    January 24th, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    If u read the battlelog forums, it appears that GGC has called in the police to handle the case. I personally would prefer the guys behind artificialaiming to be brought to court, and prosecuted. And the media should have a field day on this issue to serve as a warning to anyone else thinking of conducting a repeat of such stunts in future.

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    • Implied
      January 24th, 2012 at 9:24 pm

      Media too busy parading FBI’s MegaUpload Bust and DoJ’s Scare Tactics.

      Plus, the Media hates Violent Video games, constantly trying to prove they make Killers etc.

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  8. SANDMAN37
    January 24th, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    this is just bs! wtf? dice you got to get your shitz together! very disapointed in you guys over this! what you so powerless that even you cant stop this! thats pisspore performance on your part! jesus christ freakin cod better then this crap! im sure in the future many peeps not gonna be buying future bf games if this is how its gonna be! shitz at this point why not hack right? after all you have no control right? seriously GET CONTROL over this NOW! i dont hack,never have,and dont even know how to as others that dont hack this is qaulity game security ha what a shame! pathetic!

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  9. yams in a can
    January 24th, 2012 at 7:08 pm


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    • Bloody Ghillie
      January 24th, 2012 at 10:35 pm

      I totally agree, this is making me not wan’t to buy BF3 for PC…
      Just checked the battelog,
      NOTICE The “Game disconnected: you were kicked by Punkbuster errors” are being looked into right now.

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  10. Frizzo
    January 24th, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    This game is not playable anymore… sick of it

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  11. Greg
    January 24th, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    DICE has lost all the objectives. Get your act together, man!

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  12. Anonymous Tom
    January 24th, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    All the more reason to not play on PC. Every PC player is “LOL. Consolefags. We have 64 players and better graphics!” Unfortunately, it looks like the PC crowd is left out in the woods. Many are forced to implement expensive upgrades, deal with PunkBuster and Origin and now this. I’ll admit as tantalizing as the PC arena is, unfortunately you guys are forced to put up with this bullshit from these low-lifes. However, this is not saying the Consoles don’t see hacks either. Just look at CoD. Battlefield 3 on the other hand, I see alot of ‘BS’ing’ but not any solid evidence of hacks…..yet. It really is fucking unfortunate that we, as Battlefield fans, have to put up with this bullshit. Battlefield is about having fun, and playing with your team, and these asshats from “ArtificialAiming” have nothing better to do than ruin the game FOR EVERYONE, I’ve seen their videos, and they brag about their “1337 Hazor Skillz”. The same fucks that used wallhacks to get Dev Dogtags. On a final note, even though I don’t play on PC, being part of the Battlefield fanbase, it angers me that people like this are ruining our Community and disrupting the Developers. I don’t put the blame on DICE, however, as I’m sure they’re working to combat this type of activity as fast as they can.

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    • Implied
      January 24th, 2012 at 9:31 pm

      Except for the PC Bashing, agree with the rest of your post.

      - “Many are forced to implement expensive upgrades,”
      Uh, lol no. Most PC Ports these days are either straight from their Console Versions with no Graphical Improvements, or the Minimal Requirements are similar to Console Hardware. If you want to play say, Battlefield 3 at Full Settings (with the 60 Frames Consoles don’t get), then yes, you need a Radeon HD 6970, or a GTX 570. Its not “forced” on anyone though, its a choice.

      - “deal with PunkBuster and Origin and now this.”
      No, we can bypass Origin. Get with the times. PunkBuster issues are something any Battlefield (PC) Veteran expects. They’ve been with the series in BF2, 2142, Bad Company 2, and I believe even Vietnam(?) (its been a while…). No, not at this scale (ever), no, but hey, at this point I’m comparing BF3 to MW2, so yeah….

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      • Anonymous Tom
        January 25th, 2012 at 4:12 am

        Yeah. I’m sorry. I started out a bit heated. My apologies.

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  13. RebornShadow
    January 24th, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    This happens if the game is not 100% a PC game. I’ve said it before and I say it again: They should’ve waited with the release on the PC. (I would’ve been happy with Q2 2012)

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    • Why?
      January 24th, 2012 at 7:32 pm

      This happens to any game. Arma 2, tf2, 1.6, source.
      it can happen to any game.
      get off your elitist boat.

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    • Da_xavier
      January 24th, 2012 at 7:46 pm

      its a pc game wether its 100% pc only or not they still would have done it. punkbuster is garbage period. hackers are mad because there stupid enough to pay for cheating programs on pc. i agree get out of your elitest mind set pc online is riddled with hackers and cheaters. hence why i only play mmorpgs now on my pc.

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    • RebornShadow
      January 24th, 2012 at 7:59 pm

      I think you misunderstood me guys. I’m not trying to be a elitist here.

      In my opinion it would’ve been better to release the game in a more stable state for every platform (I only used PC because I’m obviously someone who plays on the PC).

      And I’ve used the term “not 100% pc game” wrong I guess, should change it to “not 100% stable/ready game”.

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      • Implied
        January 24th, 2012 at 9:35 pm

        The Game was rushed, yes, agreed. EA wanted to get it out before MW3 in some desperate bid to steal some of its sales (which it failed miserably at doing), since it believed it was a “CoD Killer” and paraded it around like that.

        Instead it just managed to make it go from 8.1 Million Beta Players to 5 Million Week 1 Sales, a rushed release and crappy Vanilla Maps. That was months ago though, the stuff they’d have fixed with delaying it have (pretty much) already been Patched (even though Flashlights should seriously have never seen Beta as they were, never mind Retail and 3 Patches).

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  14. SANDMAN37
    January 24th, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    honestly at this far into the game i dont think dice can and will be able to get control over this! the game is ruined like cancer once sets in its all over! but this what this post about,what you doin about the peeps who been banned who are not even hacking????? how you compensating these peeps????? are they to suffer injustice cause of you guys not being able to handle situation???? i want to know as others????? what you doing bout this for those peeps?????

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  15. hanovi82
    January 24th, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    people hack on ps3 too mrpopper777 is evidence of that I was playing him and as soon as i shot him he instantly disappeared had the same deal with a guy last night playing rush but wasnt able to get his id before I was shot

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    • SANDMAN37
      January 24th, 2012 at 7:53 pm

      yea feel ya,i was playing otherday in this peeps was flying in the air and glideing across map and even when i was shoot at him he wasent dieing,he was also shooting peeps all the way across map spawn point to spwan point! crazy

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      • Gramer pilice
        January 27th, 2012 at 3:09 am

        yuor gramer sucks.

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  16. larsson
    January 24th, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    You did not tell that punkbuster just released a update for battlefield 3

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  17. Warlord
    January 24th, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    Why, it’s CERTAINLY a good thing that we gave up mod support for this. It’s a GOOD thing we gave up player-owned dedicated servers. It’s a GOOD thing all ranking is only done on official servers.

    If we had modded servers, why, people might be able to get points and medals faster than is physically possible! It’s a good thing that multiplayer was locked behind an online-only account login.

    Because how else are we going to have a secure, cheat-free and non-exploited ranking system?

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  18. ecc
    January 24th, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    They have really stooped to a new low. Having their hacks and mess in around is one thing (lame), but fuckin up other people’s investments and getting them banned is shitty. Glad I don’t share their mind frame. (If they even have one? Trollols I suppose…) And to think all the PC players were bragging and boasting so much. I’d take my little PS3 console with it’s 24 players (or whatev it is) any day over the shitcircus popping off all over the PC games.

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    • Implied
      January 24th, 2012 at 9:37 pm

      The PlayStation 3 you’re swooning over so much isn’t Immune. While its not at the point PC is at (yet) PS3 has its share of Hacking, even if to a lesser degree.

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      • ecc
        January 25th, 2012 at 12:08 am

        Funny, I can’t recall running into any hackers… (I’m sure there’s a few out there but none have affected me or anyone I know.) So I’ll stick to swooning over my PS3. fap fap fap

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      • cancertoast
        January 27th, 2012 at 3:40 am

        I have yet to run into a hacker on BF3 for the PS3. I am about to order a FragFX Shark too, so now I can enjoy myself even more (in BF3 of course.)

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    • TH3-PAT-RIOT
      January 25th, 2012 at 12:24 am

      Don’t get your hopes, it seems PC nor console is exempt from hackers. It’s only a matter of time!

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    • Your Friendly Neighborhood Poster
      January 25th, 2012 at 2:36 am

      Every damn thread. Stop the platform bashing.

      Their are hackers on console, it is very possible. It has happened before and it will only get worse as the consoles become more advanced.

      The reason why their aren’t common hackers on the consoles is because their are virtually no hack coders releasing maintained and undetected multiplayer console hacks. Hacking on consoles currently is very difficult and just not profitable for hack coders.

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      • ecc
        January 25th, 2012 at 8:58 pm

        All of a sudden!

        You’re all a little sensitive now huh. Suckas

        Let me repeat: I’ve NEVER run into a obvious cheating hacker on my simple, out-dated PS3, and I’m happy with it. Am I worried hacking will eventually overrun Battlefield? Not at all. It won’t be happening anytime soon. I’d bet money on it.

        Now give me a Thumbs Down


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        • Carl
          January 25th, 2012 at 11:38 pm

          You make PS3 users look bad. I run into hackers on console at least once a day. Its not as bad as PC but it happens. Stop parading around trying to sound cool, did your mom not love you enough?

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        • Implied
          January 26th, 2012 at 12:06 am

          Not exactly Battlefield, but since you want to be such an Elitist, there –

          Ignorant Fanboy Elitism at its best…..

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        • Your Friendly Neighborhood Poster
          January 26th, 2012 at 4:45 am

          If you think that I was trying to bash consoles I wasn’t. If It seemed like I was trying to then I apologize and I’ll try explaining my point.

          Getting straight to the point; why exactly is hacking so common on only the PC and not on the consoles? Simply because hackers have much more room to work with on a PC. But it’s mainly so common because it’s extremely easy to distribute and profit off of. All these wanna-be hack users have to do is pay with a credit card, download the hacking client to inject it into the game, and you’re a instant hacker. Anyone and their dog can do it, which is why it’s so common.

          Consoles do have hackers that used hacks in multiplayer games and still do. But why isn’t it nearly as bad as PC? Because it’s not worth it to professional hack coders *yet*. The reason why is simply because it’s extremely difficult to distribute hacks on consoles, and they don’t have nearly as much room to work with as they do wit a PC when it comes to designing and maintaining hacks.

          As consoles become more and more advanced, hackers will only gain more ‘room’ to work with when it comes to making hacks, and it will become only easier and easier for them to distribute hacks that they can profit off of. It’s only a matter of console advancements and time I’m afraid.

          Will mass hacking on consoles happen? I hope not. But just looking at the whole situation, it is very well possible with future console advancements. The only way I see hacking getting slowed down is either legal repercussions or god like anti-cheat software.

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    • Binksss
      January 26th, 2012 at 1:25 pm

      Of course!

      1/ It’s harder, almost impossible to do ANYTHING with your PS3. It’s basically a DvD drive.

      2/ Most of PS3 owner own them because they dont really able to do anything than pushing button.

      3/ You’re just too low to realize the diference between skills and hacks because you dont have any of both.

      4/ You’re a frustrated PS3 poor fan who can only troll his frustration behind his screen.

      5/ Pussy!

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  19. xKretolov
    January 24th, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    GOD Damn…. i got banned !? nooooooooooooOO !! i just have freak skill :/

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  20. RCR
    January 24th, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    that’s what happens when you go on vacation and the only answer to every issue is “we are looking into it” what a joke!! DICE please hire someone competent.

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  21. joe23565
    January 24th, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    is this happening on ps3 too?……shit

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    • Your Friendly Neighborhood Poster
      January 25th, 2012 at 3:56 am

      I’m pretty sure this is a PC only thing. From the looks of it, they require a GUID to do it. GUID’s can’t really be obtained on consoles because the only way I know of doing so is by having server administrator rights and using some server commands to obtain a players GUID key. On top of that, the people who are doing this (“artifical aiming”) is only on PC. So console players shouldn’t have to worry about being banned like this.

      Regardless this is just ridiculous. Things like this supposedly have been going on since BF2. The very thing used to stop cheaters is now being used BY the cheaters to ban innocent players. Who ever is in charge of Punkbuster needs to get their shit together and fix this or make a better anti cheating software.

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  22. Er
    January 24th, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    No wonder there are like 4 full servers. Fuck BF3, fuck DICE and fuck EA. I’m reinstalling BF2142 and I’m going to play a proper team based game with VOIP, full squads, commander, on screen icons that don’t get in the way and most importantly no huge hacking problem.

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  23. Adam
    January 24th, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    FUCK ALL HACKERS!!!! What is the point of them doing this in the first place? They need to go get a life or get some skill at the actual game instead of ruining for good people who spent a lot of money to be able to play this game on their PCs. I play on PS3 but I do empathize for all the people being screwed over by these fags. On a lighter note I do think it would be funny to see a hackers only dedicated server to see what hackers would actually win the match lol.

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  24. The Truth
    January 24th, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    Awwww the PC elitists are having trouble with BF3 hackers lmao, couldn’t of happened to nicer people….Karma’s a b****h.

    Gonna go now and have a game on my (relatively) hack free version on the PS3.

    btw I’ve got 90+ hours game time and I’ve yet to come across a hacker, just sayin.

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    • RebornShadow
      January 24th, 2012 at 10:05 pm

      So everyone on the PC is against consoles and an elitist prick? Hell no.
      And nobody denied it that there were hackers/cheaters/exploiters on the PC but low lifes are everywhere, on every platform and even IRL.

      Oh and in my 150 hours I only came across 2 obvious hackers. (thanks to servers with active admins)

      (My previous comment maybe sound like I’m an elitist but I’m not.)

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    • NedStar
      January 25th, 2012 at 1:21 am

      And people like you is why some pc gamers despise console gamers.
      You get treated the way you treat other people. Am I a pc gamer? For sure, but I have no hatred for consoles. Console elitists like you however are just as bad as the very people you despise. Funny how that work’s out.

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    • 82
      January 25th, 2012 at 2:45 am

      I hate People like you.
      Its people like you that make the rest of us look bad and I’m sick of it.
      You trollers need to go troll DICE not the blog, Damn it.
      Heck if you didn’t do this shit someone here might have some sort of idea on how to counteract the the damn hackers, but NOOOO. You have to go and talk like your all high and mighty.
      Granted some of the PC elitist had it coming, but there is no need to go bashing the PC.
      No I’m Promoting the PC I’m just not taking your shit anymore.

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    • Er
      January 25th, 2012 at 2:47 am

      I own a beast of a gaming PC but I have an xbox 360 right next to it. I got BF3 on PC because of 64 players and the use of mouse and keyboard (why modern consoles don’t include mouse and nunchuck/keyboard support is beyond me)
      The fact that you feel some sort of loyalty to what is essentially a piece of plastic full of chipsets is very sad. I’m not a “pc gamer” I’m a guy who bought a PC to play games on. It isn’t a religion, it’s a product. It’s consumerism.

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    • spliffer
      January 25th, 2012 at 7:00 am

      Remember when you couldnt play any game for like 3 weeks because PSN was shit on.. Yea..

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    • Elessar
      January 25th, 2012 at 1:03 pm

      Sorry console prick, but I’ll take my 64 players and better gfx etc. anyday. I HATE playing with kids that don’t PTFO. Plus, I play on well admined servers so I’m good. Fuck off kid.

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      • RebornShadow
        January 25th, 2012 at 3:26 pm

        And this troll who fails here and on the Battlelog forums is the prime example of a retard and elitist.

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  25. Flipmode
    January 24th, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    If DICE chose PunkBuster as the anti-cheat means and PunkBuster isn’t holding up to the task why the heck doesn’t DICE just start putting pressure on PunkBuster to get their shit together? WTF does the contract say?
    The main reason that this isn’t an bigger issue is because this isn’t a monthly subscription game so they already did they big hit during the holidays – I would sure like to see BF3 sales figures for 2012….

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