If you're in the U.S., you're no doubt planning a relaxing day over the July 4th holiday. Perhaps you even hope to log a few hours of online gaming between barbecues.
Well, here's a little fun reading for you gamers out there. A new system from Intel would let you detect when someone is cheating in a live online game.
Technology Review ran a article today about the Fair Online Gaming System. The article explains how the system would work, while emphasizing that it wouldn't replace more traditional anti-cheating software.
What's really interesting -- and raising some eyebrows -- is that Intel's Fair Online Gaming technology is a collection of hardware, firmware and game software that would run on a PC or gaming servers. The hardware component is a chip, which means gamers would actually have to remove or alter the chip to cheat. Even so, if the system's on the game server, it could also do the monitoring or allow only gamers using an activated Fair Online Gaming System to log on and play.
It's difficult to tell from the Technology Review story that the plan is for these chips to be embedded in consumer PCs, but after reading this post on Intel's Research blog, it's pretty clear that's Intel's intention.
Thus far, this is a strictly gaming community discussion. It'll be interesting to see whether other applications arise.