As technology grows techies have been able to modify or “mod” all different kinds of games and even build new games out of the shells of former games. In early 2012 a mod for the game ARMA 2 called DAYZ was released and became very popular. The modification became so popular in fact that it caused a massive sales increase for the three year old game, and even placed it on top of the online games sales list, selling over 300,000 copies. Modding and hacking does not only exist in video games but also in the Mecca of smart phones; the iPhone. Anyone with an iPhone has probably heard the term “jailbreak”. For all unknowing people, to jailbreak an iPhone is to hack into the system and completely rewrite every facet of the phone to the users will. Once a phone has been “jail broke” the user can control things such as icon size, receiving free ringtones, and perhaps the ultimate perk, unlimited skips on the Pandora app. Jail breaking an iPhone is also frowned upon and once the phone has been tampered with it can never be returned or fixed by a professional. People know intricacies about technology more than ever and are advancing in this underground intelligence daily.
The reason that people have this kind of power is because we live in the era of digital gaming. So much of our gaming revolves around being connected online that some games can hardly be played if you do not have the internet, go pick up a copy of FIFA 13 and see how enjoyable it is without an internet connection. In a perfect world only gaming developers would be allowed access to the infrastructure of modifying games but obviously that is not the case. Is positive things like patches, hot fixes, and downloadable content worth the negative things such as accounts being hacked, and game pirates? What should be done with people found guilty of these gaming sins? Let us know what you think in the comment box below.