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.

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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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