It used to be quite entertaining at the car races when one car "somehow" seemed to have so very much more power than the others. And at baseball games when some batter is able to blast the ball out of the stadium, right over second base. So it must depend o are you there to watch the show, or to watch the competition? It would make a difference there.
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.
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.
@ 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.
@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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