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Cheater! Xbox Live punishment

Filed under: Xbox | Xbox 360
Posted by Jeremy on March 25, 2008 10:52 AM
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It seems "Crackdown" isn't just the name of a popular Xbox 360 game but it's what MS is doing to people who have tampered with their gamesaves to earn a higher gamerscores and get more achievements.

It goes something like this...you see a post on a message board from somebody who is offering to play "Halo 3" for you so that your gamerscore goes up. All you have to do is send him your account info, so he can sign in as you, and paypal him $40.

Well, that's against Xbox Live's terms of use and can get you banned, your account canceled or, in the case of what happened today, can result in the deletion of all of your achievements, set your gamerscore back to ZERO, and make it obvious to other users that you're a cheater (as the graphic above shows).

So, what if you live in a dorm and there is one Xbox 360 where four of you sign in. Don't worry. It's not so much lots of accounts on the same 360 as it is your account on several 360s. Add into that the wizbang technology that MS uses to determine if you're earning stuff a little too quickly and/or tampering with saved game files to undermine the system and you're toast!

On the one hand, I'm of the philosophy, "so what?". It's none of MS's business what I do with my account. On the other hand, fair play makes games more fun.

For more on this, visit Major Nelson

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As someone who earns my achievements I totally agree with this policy. That's why they are called achievement, not cheats! I just wish MS and Xbox Live would do more to stop in-game online cheating in multiplayer matches.




What a waste of time.

Does this make the player better or give him an advantage over other players?

It's not like a wall hack, it's more like cheating on an exam - except there is no real prize.

What if a friend comes over and uses my account which boosts my score. Is that cheating?

Anyone who is dumb enough to pay someone to do this is a sad git anyway.

Maybe players should get their priorities straight and realise comparing themselves to others using a number is just sad.




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