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An interesting read

Sorry for going a bit off-topic here, but I’ve been reading an interesting book regarding cheating in the world of MMORPG games and I thought it worth sharing.

Written by computer security experts Greg Holund and Gary McGraw, Exploiting Online Games: Cheating Massively Distributed Systems goes into great detail on how and why gamers cheat, the tools they use and the security measures game publishers put into place to try and catch them. I’m not an MMORPG dude myself, but I’ve still found the book to be a great read. However, for those of you who are — especially WoW players — this book will let you know what you’re up against. 

Another area of the book I found to be interesting are the measures that game companies use to try and catch cheaters. In some cases, their EULA statements grant them permission to view and transfer nearly any file on your system that they want. All at the expense of your privicy.

The book is due out mid-July and although I did receive a promotional manuscript copy, I have NO vested interest in the publication. I just enjoyed it and thought I would share 🙂


July 8, 2007 - Posted by | Books, Games, Gaming publications


  1. Lol it’s just a game and if someone’s gonna get uber mad at some guy for cheating he needs anger management.

    Comment by Adel | July 11, 2007 | Reply

  2. The really interesting part is the length that gamers will go to in order to cheat.

    Comment by rabid72 | July 11, 2007 | Reply

  3. True. but they shouldn’t take it to a certain extent that it’s unnecesarry.

    Comment by Adel | July 13, 2007 | Reply

  4. very interesting, but I don’t agree with you

    Comment by Idetrorce | December 15, 2007 | Reply

  5. I really have no clue what this is all about but i wanna say, is i need interesting facts about rabies but this isn’t helping AT ALL! jeez.. GAH!

    Comment by Bill joe | November 9, 2008 | Reply

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