Dead Space 3 exploits allow players to avoid in game fees

Players of Dead Space 3 can use a number of exploits to circumvent the in-game cash shop, reports suggest, raising questions over the ethics and legality of game cheats when it comes to microtransaction models.

Players of Dead Space 3 can use a number of exploits to circumvent the in-game cash shop, reports suggest, raising questions over the ethics and legality of game cheats when it comes to microtransaction models.

GameFront showed how some of the exploits work, with one requiring the user to go a specific location, pick up an item, and then save and quit before returning to the game to loot the item again.
 
Another of the exploits is as simple as walking into a building to pick up an item, and then walking out and returning again to find the item has immediately respawned. It sounds like extremely bad coding, and many people will be unaware they are even exploiting the game in this case.
 
An exploit is considered any use of the game in an unintended way, and does not necessarily have to result in the player profiting from its use. Often times they are discovered by accident, which a player can claim in their defence, but repeated use, which may be logged on the game servers, could show deliberate intent to exploit the game.
 
 Dead Space 3 exploits allow players to avoid in game fees
 
Of course, many players will consider the turn of events appropriate, given that this is the first game in the series to feature microtransactions, and the main purchase already costs a substantial amount. Developer Visceral Games said players are not required to purchase the in-game items, which can be found elsewhere in the game. The purchases simply unlock them earlier. 
 
A lawyer told the BBC said exploiting microtransactions is a grey area of the law. Some users claim they do not believe it is unethical, but that may not stop EA from issuing game bans or other penalties. It is almost certain to issue updates to prevent these exploits in future, given the potentially large amounts of revenue it is losing.
 
Source: BBC