Sony’s rather cool online auction, where you bid on PlayStation goodies with your Gold trophies, is being ruined by cheaters using custom firmware, according to online reports.
The system, dubbed Bid for Greatness, challenges core gamers to bid for real-life items using Gold PSN trophies, and although you get to keep your virtual silverware the idea of tactical bidding across all the items was quite enticing.
Sadly, it sounds like some users, apparently running unofficial, custom firmware and/or using a series of exploits and hacks, are able to somehow dupe their trophies and increase their Gold trophy count, making winning against others in the auctions all too trivial.
The reports include one rather damning one on the official PlayStation forums, where someone was out-bid by a reported cheater, apparently discovered by the timestamps on that user’s trophies, freely available on a few different websites online.
One user in particular seemed to ‘Platinum’ – get the Platinum trophy which involves getting all other trophies – five games in a single minute; fifty games in seven days.
Thankfully, this seems to be gathering momentum now.
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