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COD Black Ops: Spawn Trapping Boosters – Is it Cheating or not?

It seems a fresh debate is brewing up in relation to Call of Duty: Black Ops, and it follows on from the video we posted yesterday which showed a player managing to rack up a score of over 500 kills on Domination with the help of a few friends and clever tactics.

We say ‘clever tactics’, but that’s not the way Treyarch and Activision sees it, as the players responsible for the video have now received temporary bans from the Black Ops servers and their stats have been reset by Treyarch for further punishment.

Product-Reviews is the ideal place to have your say on issues like this though, so we want you to get in touch with us. If you are familiar with how this situation occured, i.e boosting and locking down various spawn points so other players get killed as soon as they spawn, we want to know if you think this is a form of cheating or simply a clever use of tactics which have exposed loopholes in Treyarch’s game.

The video is perhaps an indication of why so many people dislike Call of Duty games since they can be easily exploited like you can see in the video below – but is that the gamers fault? We clearly see in the video that no ‘hacks’ are taking place, just a well setup plan of spawn trapping locations so the other team have no answer.

It is pretty borderline, but we think a stats reset is a little harsh in this case. Treyarch obviously don’t agree, with community manager Josh Olin delivering the following verdict on his Twitter account:

”@normc24 They all got temporarily banned, and rank reset. That’s a form of boosting, so be sure not to do it.”

Where do you stand on this debate – we’d love to hear your opinions on it.

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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Michealbolton
Michealbolton

if you look at the xbox file complaint system it quite clearly says 

The player used known or
unknown in-game or other
exploits to influence the
results of a game.

now when people spawntrap they say there using a flaw in the game which is accounted to be a influence so by using your ‘flaw’ you are influencing the game so therefore you are breaking the terms of service of xbox live

Martinbolton
Martinbolton

its obvious that when they made this game it wasnt meant to be abused like this i mean getting a ratio of 62.625 in one game is just stupid most people would see that as ‘MLG’ but in theory its not its just mindlessly aiming into a spawn and shooting over and over again which is why i think there should be a system where first thing u spawn ur invincible but cant do any damage until 5 seconds same as the invincibility timer this way people can get out of a spawntrap and not have to put up with… Read more »

Justin
Justin

THIS IS NOT CHEATING!!!! If you know people on the other team and there letting them kill them, that in my book is cheating/boosting an stands grounds for ban an de-rank/reset stats. But if i join a random lobby with 5 of my friends and we What people call “trapping” how is that cheating? how can i get banned and de-ranked for using a flaw in the game to my advantage? No i dont think they should change the spawns or anything. i dnt really see a BIG problem in it?! If you hate getting spawn trapped, learn to spawn… Read more »

Ryan Power

it is boosting/cheating, as well as pathetic. its exploiting the failures in the programming for the purposes of ranking up faster. additionally, this form of cheating can only be accomplished in the objective based games. I’ve played games with these booster where their team will lose because they aren’t playing the game. Just spawn trapping. Treyarch needs to do something about this. banning is excessive but seems to be called for if they aren’t willing to patch the spawns or remove tac inserts. How does one enjoy spawn trapping? you are not playing the game for fun. I’m sorry but… Read more »

Blws6
Blws6

It is cheating and should be banned for life would stop people from cheating or looking for loop holes

Joey
Joey

hi guys add me on ps3 than we can own with spawn trapping
Ps3 name: Gaybertjolie

i know its a really noob name but is a funny name

MsBountyHunter
MsBountyHunter

Personally, I think it was in agreement with the losing team, which IS considered boosting! BUT, it was agreed upon and thus should not have been banned nor de-ranked! Nobody had a problem until this video showed up! Now, playing a team that ends up getting spawned trapped, I believe they have the RIGHT to leave. It's a tactical manuver. Losing team has other options too, try tac insert!!!

PMH x Friisky
PMH x Friisky

This is pathetic, people shouldn't be getting banned / restarted . Don't rush te call of duty series and make a good one so people can't spawn trap. I have a bunch of friends that all got restated because we know spawns so what take your time with the next cod so this doesn't happen. Plus you shouldnt ban people just patch it

Nate
Nate

It’s clearly a violation of Treyarch and Activision’s policy on boosting, just like spawn trapping is boosting, which is about half of the video. If you read the policy it clearly states boosting is taking advantage of a game feature, trait, etc. to obtain a higher score and/or to obtain an unfair advantage over the other team or players. This is the kind of things people need to report on the in game report player option, especially spawn trapping. It is nothing more than cheating by “the rules” of in game play, it ruins the enjoyment and fun for the… Read more »

Battousai 80
Battousai 80

I agree with Gamer.
This is definitely boosting. This was a loophole that was exploited.
Play the game the way it was intended to be played.
Kudos to Treyarch for banning and resetting the stats for those involved in this "cleverly" organized boost.

Gamer
Gamer

Do your research. The other team was helping them get kills, thus violating the boosting policy.

Terry
Terry

I Belive this is not a form of boosting. The other team was trying to get kills to. It is the losing teams fault they did not back out. I am a COD Black Ops fan and I belive this is not boosting the Fact that Treyarch and Activision reset their rank is upsetting. Not only that but they were banned.

SLAMMR
SLAMMR

Kudos to them for 'cleverly' figuring a way to do this. Obviously it is boosting and a loophole in the game design. Just a matter of time before somebody figured it out. I wish i was this tactical.

Billy
Billy

Surely its boosting…if i was in this game on the opposing team and kept getting killed like that i would back out immediately. but the other team members stayed in a got hundreds of deaths so something not right there!!

j.c
j.c

its a fine line between boosting and clever tactics but all i say is the game should be about fun and enjoying yourself but to me it seems here are a lot of people that just wana be top of the lists but thats fine too, but should it be at the cost of other peoples enjoyment of the game?

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