Knowing about the different types of cheats in video games can help gamers to identify and avoid players using them online. With that concept in mind, I started a series on this column titled “how cheaters cheat” which thus far has covered lag switches, modding, and specialized turbo controllers. One method of cheating not yet covered in the series is aimbots.
So what is an aimbot and how do you use one? An aimbot is a hack that is downloaded onto a USB drive and then activated prior to playing a game online. Generally, aimbots simply help the player by giving them ungodly accuracy. Most shooters on console have a slight aim assist built into them where your reticle “sticks” to an enemy when you look at them as if they were magnetic. Think of that concept but on steroids. Not only will your crosshairs be drawn to enemies, but you will score headshots every time. That is what an aimbot does.
It’s like how FPS Doug once commented in an episode Pure Pwnage that his dad was nervous whenever he worked in the gun shop because every time he had a gun in his hands, it just automatically pointed at someone’s head. That’s what an aimbot does in-game.
Here are the listed features of a Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 aimbot I found while researching the subject online:
- Auto Aim
- Auto Shoot
- Auto Wall
- No Spread
- Customizable Aiming (Head or Chest)
- Visible Enemies Only (can be toggled to aim at targets behind walls)
- Locked on Indicator
- Friendly Aim
- Knife Bot
- Trigger Bot
- Aim Methods: — Aim at Closest to xhair — Field of View (includes a modifier for FOV comfort) — Closest target to you
- Smooth Aim
- Advanced Human Aim *NEW* July 2010
- Customizable Aim Key
- Auto Zoom
Sounds pretty ridiculous. Why can’t people just play the game normally? Don’t people realize that if you need to use some sort of outside device in order to post good scores in a video game it means they themselves actually suck at the game? They think they are impressing people by posting amazingly good scores but the contrary is actually true. They are embarrassing themselves.
Check out the video above to see a Halo: Reach aimbot in action. Not only is there no recoil or bloom on this guy’s DMR at all, but he scores headshots every time from across the entire map with very little effort on his part. Because apparently cheating just one way isn’t fun enough, many aimbots also have secondary features like the ability to super jump, see through walls, and paint enemies bright neon colors to see them easier (called chamming – see image at top of the article). The one used in that video made the player’s gun shoot faster as a DMR is not supposed to be fully automatic.
Aimbots are one of the worst forms of cheating online. As you can probably tell from the video, it completely ruins that game. Nobody else stands a chance. How is that supposed to be fun? Using aimbots is also very risky as the system will be able to detect your hacked files after awhile and ban your console from Xbox LIVE. We’re not just talking about banning your gamertag, either, but the entire console itself.
If you suspect someone in one of your games was using an aimbot (and it should be pretty obvious), file a complaint against their gamertag and let Microsoft do the rest.