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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."

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Snookies121409d 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

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MikeMyers1408d 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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Outside_ofthe_Box1408d ago (Edited 1408d 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?

Ridiculous.

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jadenkorri1408d ago (Edited 1408d ago )

@ Lvl_up_gamer and @ NeverEnding1989

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

http://support.xbox.com/en-...

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
http://support.xbox.com/en-...

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_Crawler1408d 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.

Eamon1408d 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.

DragonKnight1408d 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?

PtRoLLFacE1408d 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_gamer1408d ago (Edited 1408d 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.

ShadowKingx1408d 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.

etebitan1408d 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...

Legion1408d 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.

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Godmars2901408d 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.

FragMnTagM1408d 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.

Redgehammer1408d ago

Lol..you are definitely consistant Godmars.

NoFanboyRequired1408d 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.

ShaunCameron1408d 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.

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BlindGuardian1408d 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

WeskerChildReborned1408d ago

Exactly cause the servers will be filled with only people that stole the game early -.-

GuyThatPlaysGames1408d 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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enkeixpress1409d ago (Edited 1409d ago )

Good... Good... Show no mercy >:)