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Re: Cheating in OS games?

On Mon, 15 Dec 2003, Jan Ekholm wrote:

> >OK, I'll bite.
> >
> >The moment people starts cheating in your fancy game, the game goes dead.
> I'll counterbite. :)

Heh :-)

> The moment you start considering adding extra complex bloat that adds
> basically nothing but draws tremendous amounts of developer time, the game
> goes dead.

Maybe somewhere in between fits the reality better? :-)

> >IMHO, you need to at least _consider_ cheating, and understand what
> >you need to do to prevent, very early on, or your design will have a hard
> >time fixing the problems. So, if people start cheating, you can change
> >your program to fix as much as possible.
> This I can agree with, you can add an empty method call to a antiCheat()
> method and fill it in later when the game has reached 1.0 and is released.

I don't think it is that easy. I would compare it to security. Security is 
just not something you think into the application afterwards - it needs to 
be considered at alle points...

> --

You may want to change this from "--" to "-- " :-)


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