For the longest time, Modern Warfare 2 was the Wild West of first-person shooters with outlaws (hackers) running rampant. Today Infinity Ward has taken a shot against them by dropping a relatively small patch on the PS3 version of the game that will hopefully impede those little kids who think they’re cool for destroying the online play. Patches are in the works for the Xbox 360 and PC versions, but due to the severity of the PS3 hacking; it got out the door first.
On the PlayStation 3, thanks in part of the jailbreak, hacking made the game completely playable online. Players running a hacked console who hosted a server would permanently erase a legitimate player’s hard-earned stats, levels, gun unlocks, etc. And as of right now, there’s no way to get those back. So Infinity Ward had to nip this in the bud before more players were affected by it.
The patch has only been live a few hours, but initial reports is that the game is actually playable online again. How long it’ll remain that way remains to be seen as hackers are always quick to adapt to new patches.
(Yes, I know I used an image from Black Ops, bit it was fitting. Imagine that being a hacker tossed over the railing.)