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Who would have thought that the hard hitting journalism in the video game arena would come from a troll? No really, it's coming from a professional troll who makes money on YouTube trolling people in Call of Duty called Minnesota Burns. The guy managed to “interview” hackers who modded their console and planned to sell the hacks later.
Polygon and Gearnuke scouted the story from NeoGaf (funny how all the big news these days comes from a forum) and it focuses on modders who managed to take it a step further and hack Activision and Infinity Ward's latest entry in the annual shooter series, Call of Duty: Ghosts.
As showcased in the video above, the modders have no qualms about the actions they partake in. Their cavalier attitude lends itself to the typical hacker culture and their intentions – while seemingly harmless at first – reveal itself as being a lot more nefarious.
But before going any further, let's step into the Delorean and head back in time. Why? Because this news didn't start with modders and hacked consoles, it started when Call of Duty: Ghosts was leaked to torrents last week as part of a pre-release ritual of every AAA title out there that arrives for home consoles.
Following the game's week early leak, Ghosts was dumped to a modded console's hard drive and ripped. This is the same process that was used by modders to open up and extract files from Grand Theft Auto V, which is how we found out that a next-gen and PC version of the game is in the works.
From there, modders evolve from rippers to terrors, as they don the mask of a hacker. As noted in the Minnesota Burns video, the modders did more than just rip and burn an early copy of Ghosts, they sifted the files and managed to come up with their own hacks. Minnesota Burns had the privilege of playing with the hackers as they did their early test runs of the hacks before doing the unthinkable... selling them for real money!
If you're new to the game, this might seem shocking, but the average hack sells for between $40 and $90 bucks. You can get some pretty good hacks for APB: Reloaded for about $76 from some sites. It's a lucrative business if you know how to make it work for you the way a politician knows how to make the voters work for them, while getting paid to do it.
The hack-modders didn't roll out any pricing for their hacks, but they'll probably have various packages available, similar to the “Chinese Gold Farmers” who run a multi-million dollar sub-market on MMOs.
If you want to get in on the Call of Duty: Ghosts action, fear not for the game is releasing for the current-gen consoles tomorrow. The great part about it is that by the time legit customers go online there will already be a flood of hackers turning every room into a salty, rage-quitting circus act.