1,600 players banned from Modern Warfare 3

Infinity Ward's latest first-person shooter in the Call of Duty series, Modern Warfare 3, is certainly proving popular - but for more than 1,600 players the fun has been brought to a crashing halt with bans for cheating.

As with previous titles in the series, a big draw for Modern Warfare 3 players is the multi-player mode of the game. Pitting groups of players against each other in a variety of game modes, the MW3 multi-player experience includes an addictive levelling system inspired by role-playing games, in which players earn experience points to unlock new abilities and weapons the more they play.

Unfortunately, some players want to get their hands on these as quickly as they can - and will resort to cheating in order to rack up the points with unfair victories over more law-abiding opponents.

That's something which spoils the game for fans - to an even greater extent than the ongoing problems with publisher Activition's controversial pay-to-play Call of Duty Elite add-on - and that's something up with which the company shall not put.

"Any attempt to cheat, hack, or glitch in #MW3 will not be tolerated," a rather miffed Robert Bowling, creative strategist at Infinity Ward, explained via microblogging service Twitter. "1600+ bans issued. Updates in works. Please cont[inue] to report offenders."

With updates in the pipeline to fix the most commonly used glitches and Infinity Ward clearly not shy to whip out the banhammer to punish transgressors with removal from the service, all the company has to do now is fix Call of Duty Elite and it could stand a chance of fending of the competition from rival combat sim Battlefield 3.