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Submitted by cyguration 1215d ago | news

Microsoft Perma-Banning Xbox 360 Gamers For Playing Halo 4

Gaming Blend "Drop that ban hammer, Microsoft and drop it hard! That'll teach e'm, right? Well, that seems to be the method that the big software giant is employing for anyone playing the pre-release version of Halo 4's multiplayer via Xbox Live." (Halo 4, Microsoft, Xbox 360)

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Snookies12  +   1215d ago
Lol, are people that stupid? Trying to play a stolen online game before it's even released? Yeah, they'll never know it was you. :D
ThatHappyGamer  +   1215d ago
As the Joker would say,
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EVILDEAD360   1215d ago | Trolling | show
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MikeMyers  +   1215d ago
If people are that dumb they deserve to be perma-banned. If they downloaded the game from the early leak that's bad enough, but to try and play online this early is really pushing it. Who do they expect to play against besides other piraters?
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pr0digyZA  +   1215d ago
Nah less that one and more
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Outside_ofthe_Box  +   1215d ago
Wow, we are now having people going off topic talking about repurchasing consoles. And who do we have to thank for the derailing of this topic?

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jadenkorri  +   1214d ago
@ Lvl_up_gamer and @ NeverEnding1989

MS does not have a 3 year warranty on their console.

MS did however setup a 3 year extended warranty only for original 360 consoles. Exact warranty description "One Year Express Warranty on Console (Three Years for Three Lights Flashing Red). Subject to the terms and conditions..."
linked here

So nice try. Don't make stuff up or take word of mouth, should try at least verifying your arguments before starting one.

BTW even if my PS3/360 broke for whatever reason, and I buy a new one, its a sale for MS/Sony. If MS sold 50 million consoles, and 10 million broke, and 5 millions people bought new ones, THEY STILL SOLD 55 MILLION consoles, not 50. Go back to school and pull your stupid heads out of your own a$$ and think about it.
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Knight_Crawler  +   1215d ago
MS can detect if you played HALO 4 before a certain date so it does not matter if you play it offline becuase they will still find out and ban you.

They can also detect if your console has been modded in anyway...not sure how they know but the know.
Eamon  +   1215d ago
I can assure that as of yet, they cannot detect modded consoles. There hasn't been a mega banwave since that huge one from 3-4 years ago.

However you're right in that they can detect if you played Halo 4 before a certain date.
DragonKnight  +   1215d ago
How would they be able to communicate with your console if it's offline? The only possible way to detect if you played Halo before a certain day would likely be through saves or achievements linked to your account, but again they can't find that out if you're offline. It's not like there is a remote satellite link embedded in the console that is active even when powered off... or is there?
PtRoLLFacE  +   1215d ago
ohh plss i played numerous games before release date, MW2 i got it a week early, gears 2 like 5 days early, halo reach a couple days early, they all were legitimate copies and am still up, am planing on doing the same for halo 4, maybe a week before release date is the line not to cross, reviewers get the game around a week or two before release so that should soften things up, but a month before release umm! i haven't try that yet!
Lvl_up_gamer  +   1215d ago
@ DragonKnight

The game data is stored in a .bin file. Date and if the game was flagged to be an unregistered copy via truncated burn. iHas burners are capable of burning a proper copy without truncating but the data of the game inserted into the console is still recorded and held within the console. The moment your console connects to the internet, you are connected to XBL even if you don't have a gold membership and MS can read the game history.
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ShadowKingx  +   1215d ago
yeah its easy, search Halo 4 Achievements, and list of names pops up. why do you think the first achievement of almost every game is after you complete the first mission or tutorial. For reasons exactly like this.
etebitan  +   1214d ago
what people does here in my country is playing the game offline and with and external hdd hooked via usb.. i dont know how that works but many of my friends play it that way... and if the wanna play online they just unplug the external hdd... modders always find a way...
Legion  +   1214d ago
Actually no they can't detect if you played Halo 4 prior to date. If you don't connect your system online and allow auto update of time then you simply could have the system setup to years in the past... in that case all games might appear to be played prior to purchase.

Or you could even set it far in the future... as many of us did to glitch in Fable 2 and earn a whole lot of in game cash for rent. :D

So if you are stupid enough to go online with it then yes... but if you don't go online then easy to play and not have a date associated with any achievements or anything.
Godmars290  +   1215d ago
I take issues that XBL Gold is a paid service, that any XBL account has paid content connected to it, and yet MS reserves right to bar people from access to XBL for whatever reason they deem fit. More so when we're talking about a game that's been leaked early and could have been bought from a legal source. the business or employee should be held accountable, not the consumer. If its a "legal" buy.
FragMnTagM  +   1215d ago
These copies are definitely not legal, don't see the point of your comment. I am sure you could call MS and get your account reinstated if you bought the game legally and can prove it.

You just jab MS whenever you can.
Redgehammer  +   1215d ago are definitely consistant Godmars.
NoFanboyRequired  +   1215d ago
They dont ban just the account. They ban the whole console and the people deserve it for illegally downloading the game and modding their consoles to play it. And i saw someone comment above saying that they cant find modded consoles connected to live. You're wrong. They can check part numbers and power consumption on a suspected console through their service.
ShaunCameron  +   1214d ago
It's MS's platform. They can do whatever they want. It's the same deal with Sony. Read the TOS. It's the same deal with just about any messageboard, forum and online service. After all, having access to all those are a PRIVILEGE.
BlindGuardian  +   1215d ago
the vast majority of people who play pirated games keep the console offline, firmware updates are downloaded from Live website and applied using a pendrive, no reason to ever go online to play single player games
WeskerChildReborned  +   1215d ago
Exactly cause the servers will be filled with only people that stole the game early -.-
GuyThatPlaysGames  +   1215d ago
Serves them right. I would love to hear of a lifetime ban from all Microsoft consoles for the future for these people. They don't deserve to play the games.
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enkeixpress  +   1215d ago
Good... Good... Show no mercy >:)
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SOULJER  +   1215d ago
NOOOOOOOOO.......Oh shit. They got me. Please show mercy. Why me. OH THE HORROR......... The horror.
unknownhero1123  +   1215d ago
I don't want to scare you but there's a certain bald killer clone coming towards your house. it's been nice knowing you!
insomnium2  +   1215d ago
Steve Balmer?
Animal Mutha 76  +   1215d ago
I can't say I have a lot of sympathy with anyone daft enough to play a pirate copy online so far from release.

You are just painting a massive bullseye on your head and shouting - I have a jtag console that Ive been using on live.
DiRtY  +   1215d ago
rightfully so. I have mine on preorder and can't wait for it.
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Excalibur  +   1215d ago
As well they should.
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yeahokchief  +   1215d ago
I think the people that are smart enough to get this game for free and release it to the public are smart enough to use 360 accounts/systems that they don't mind losing.

That's a tip for gambling in general. Never gamble with what you can't afford to lose.
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WitWolfy  +   1215d ago
Idiots... I have an RGH and I didnt download it because I knew the ban hammer would strike. Playing a game a month before it releases is suicide... Or just smart marketing from MS..You be the judge!
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Mocat  +   1215d ago
its mw2 all over again
KMCROC54  +   1215d ago
Drop that hammer like the god that wields it
& show no mercy .
ChunkyLover53  +   1215d ago
One of the things I like about Microsoft is that if you report someone for hacking or cheating, they take care of it. I cant remember how many cheaters I got banned when they were glitching on COD4 back in the day.
ItsTrue  +   1215d ago
Thank the Xbox "Enforcement Unicorn Ninja" for that!
For those in disbelief, here's a rundown on how the 'file complaint' system works.

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aviator189  +   1215d ago
These people should have at least played the game off-line.
Nunchez  +   1214d ago
That still won't work even if you do play on a different profile offline and if you can go online next time they'll ban you instantly.
DragonKnight  +   1215d ago
What I find funny is that this kind of thing happens frequently with Halo, almost to the point where it could be considered a publicity stunt. Hmm, nah. Microsoft would never resort to such low tactics...
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256bit  +   1215d ago
how is it stealing if mom and pop shops break the release date?
Drumsmasher  +   1215d ago
Haha, you must have watched that video of the first level on YouTube. Mom and Pop shops don't have the game this early. Even GameStop doesn't. The guy likely didn't want to admit stealing on air.
jetlian  +   1215d ago
256 they wont perma ban if its legit. they had this issue with another halo back in the day. this really for the downloaded ones.

With a new os coming MS released this halo on purpose to catch pirates. Pirates been getting around xbox live for 2 years since Halo reach.
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MasterD919  +   1215d ago
Level 10 permaban...that is awesome.

And all of those people thought they were awesome for showing off they had the game early. How dumb you must be to play an illegitimate copy of a game a month before ONLINE. I mean I could understand checking a few things out, but playing multiplayer? And beating the campaign? Your achievements are literally your down fall!

This was inevitable and is well-deserved. Perhaps if they weren't desperate for attention and did this under the radar it wouldn't have been a bigger deal, but they went out of their way to show themselves and be banned.
False-Patriot  +   1215d ago
I just laughed so hard, so sorry... -.-
Unlimax  +   1215d ago
I don't know who stole each other .. Gamers or Microsoft
But to be honest 343 Industries deserves your money .. Not M$ !
Support the developers .. Don't steal great titles whatever the reason is !
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aviator189  +   1215d ago
Um..Microsoft are the ones who created 343i with so many talented individuals and gave the team pretty much an unlimited budget to work with.
And 343i is also a first-party studio for microsoft game studios. The devs did the work, but you shouldn't be so quick to strip credit from microsoft as they did their part as well.
Belking  +   1215d ago
You sound clueless about how the game industry works.
Unlimax  +   1215d ago
I don't want to brag myself but trust me ..I am aware of the gaming industry more than you expect , but when it comes to things like this ..I ignore it you know why , Because i don't wanna even know anything about Microsoft "history" .. call me "hater" but this is the truth !

Once again .. Support the developers ONLY !
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aviator189  +   1215d ago

Nearly every developer needs help and their publishers provide them that.
With gaming expenses increasing and set to increase again with the influx of next-gen consoles, financial support will be needed more than ever.
The majority of developers out there have a publisher, are owned by one, or receive help in other forms. How will you "support the developers only" without indirectly or directly providing the publisher revenue as well?

You support the developer, you support the publisher. That's the way much of it works now.
Dlacy13g  +   1215d ago
Good for MS. F' the hackers and thieves.
Knight_Crawler  +   1215d ago
Awaiting the hundreds of articles that will be posted about people saying that MS banned there account or 360 for no reason.
miDnIghtEr20C_SfF  +   1215d ago
Is this for a legit copy? Or for a hacked copy? Because if someone was sold a legit copy of the game, they should not get in trouble for playing early.


Is this not real copies but torrents? If torrents, ban the hell out of them. If they bought it legit, go after whoever sold it early. Not the lucky ones who were able to buy it early.

EDIT... at below..

Ya, if torrents or being stolen copies like that...yep, ban them. They shouldn't be stupid enough to go online showing off.
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lastofgen  +   1215d ago
the thing is, retailers don't have copies of the game this early, so it's basically either being stolen from manufacturing facilities or it's the torrented copy.
VTKC  +   1215d ago
thats like shouting at the top of your voice saying "Hey I stole this!!"
ajax17  +   1215d ago
"That'll teach e'm, right?" Someone needs to teach you grammar! It's 'em. Sorry, I had to get that out.
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Tzuno  +   1215d ago
That makes you think how desperate and stupid some people are. No chance for change what so ever.
ramiuk1  +   1215d ago
what people forget is that the jtag ones can be unbanned i believe.
not 100% sure but they could at one point.

its so cheap to buy a console now,plus ms ban the console and not account,so they buy a new console,go back online with same account.
ms getting new console money and live sub still.
win win for them,.
Wigriff  +   1215d ago
Do you honestly believe that the majority of people who pirate games online instead of waiting and spending the $60 are going to drop $200+ on a new console because of the ban? Pfft.
GraveLord  +   1215d ago
They deserve it. There's not way to can have a legit, retail copy of Halo 4 3 weeks before release. I wonder what stories these people will come up with?
Parasyte  +   1215d ago
"It was my little brother playing on my account" is the most common one I've heard.
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