When it comes to cheating, there’s something to be said for a complete lack of subtlety.
A new, impossible-to-miss cheater has been tearing through the competition in Tekken Revolution, a free-to-play fighting game on the PlayStation 3.
The player, who goes by the name BUTBUTWHYY, somehow hacked the game to give himself god-like attributes. His character boasts a power rating of 99,999 as well as endurance and vigor ratings of 9,999, all of which are the maximum possible values. He’s pretty much invulnerable.
In the video, you can watch the hacker play the character Marshall Law. He takes punch after punch—dozens in total—just to taunt his clueless opponent. Because in the end, all he needs to win the match is one lazy kick. The second match shows BUTBUTWHY taking a full 60 second beating, but then still end up winning, thanks to those 9,999 health points he’d acquired.
The Tekken Revolution stats system, unlike most other fighting games, changes based on how many games you have played. Like other free-to-play titles, Revolution seeks to reward long playing hours with in-game boosts. BUTBUTWHYY found a hole in that system and has rewarded himself.
Katsuhiro Harada, a Tekken producer at Bandai Namco, promised he’d ban the hacker from the game. But because Tekken Revolution is free to play, making new accounts is relatively trivial. Banning truly determined cheaters is often not enough in these sorts games.
Instead of banning players, free-to-play developers often have to seal the holes that allows them to cheat in the first place. That’s easier said than done.