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Bionic Olympic Games Set for 2016

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William K.
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Re: new era: Cheating at video games?
William K.   4/28/2014 8:06:57 PM
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Cabe, thanks for the explanation. I don't play video games at all so it was not clear how it would be done. And why should anybody care, unless the games are being played for money, which might not be quite legal.

Now about the mechanically enhanced athletes, I don't see that it is much different from the chemically enhanced athletes, and if some are so dedicated to winning that they are willing to put themselves at serious risk, Oh Well. There is definitely a cost to that level of dedication. 

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Re: new era: Cheating at video games?
Cabe Atwell   4/27/2014 10:58:51 PM
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William,

It happens all the time, everywhere, in online games. From secondary running programs that auto-aim for you (aimbot), to intentionally interupting the network connection on XBOX to essentially teleport around the map (the system find where you went when you reconnect, hence it looks like you teleported).

However, video game cheating isn't so rampant that games aren't fun. There are plenty of anti-cheat tech that catches all of them at some point.

C

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Re: new era: Cheating at video games?
William K.   4/23/2014 9:57:21 PM
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How does one cheat at a video game? Given that source code is not available. But then, I avoid video games and so it is not clear about the chaeting that may happen.

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Cabe Atwell   4/23/2014 3:41:38 PM
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@ tluxon- Perhaps officials could do what they're doing for PC gaming cheaters, by exiling them to their own servers (see Titanfall cheater policy). This seems to be gaining momentum in the gaming communities.

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William K.   4/22/2014 7:57:28 PM
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@tlux, a very interesting question you offer there. Indeed, is it that different to use artificial means to replace some lost or missing part, but not to enhance performance by various chemical means? This certainly does present a quandry for those doing serious thinking. I certainly commend those who overcome a disability in order to compete, that shows a lot of determination and a good amount of courage. But if I compensate for my lower physical abilities by using some performance enhancing chemicals to allow me to develop greater abilities that is regarded as cheating.

The easy solution would be to have different classes, like in auto racing. Stock, modified production, and full bore custom. Or "unlimited class"

 

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Cabe Atwell   4/22/2014 5:36:06 PM
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Nadine,

I would not want to pit regular athletes to augmented ones. Oscar Pistorius was devistated by all the other runners at the last summer Olympics. I think most will be at a disadvantage.

However, when jet powered prostetic legs are used in swimming.. then the tide will turn. I believe the idea is to make each person as close to regular as possible. 

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tluxon   4/22/2014 3:12:09 PM
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Thinking of all the athletes that have been banned from competition for using "performance enhancing" substances, I can't but wonder if this could open the door for them to compete under any certain "augmentation" category...

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NadineJ   4/21/2014 10:47:44 PM
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This is a good reply to the controversy from previous Olympics.  I'm curious to see the difference in sponsorships for the athletes.

On the one hand, I really like the idea of a Bionic Olympics but I also like to see natural vs augmented humans compete to spark a discussion about, so called, progress. 

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