A few days ago arstechnica.com received an e-mail from a distraught reader who noticed something odd about the Spring Update: it was killing all his custom rosters in his sports games. This is an issue that will only affect a small number of 360 owners, but for now it's a major annoyance in the hardcore sports gaming community. What exactly happened?
Many dedicated users put together their own rosters in games like College Hoops 2K7 and then upload their saves to community sites. The sites share game saves using a variety of products like Datel's X-SATA, or other memory card transfer kits. This allowed the sports community to trade rosters, create teams, and enjoy the work of others. Pretty cool, right? Except Microsoft was worried about people trading game saves; it could lead to achievement fraud or some other bad thing in the future. It had to be stopped.
The method Microsoft used to deal with this was pretty heavy-handed; apparently they downloaded every save on these community sites, looked at the console markers on each one, and then in the Spring Update included that list of markers so that any saves shared between consoles would be marked as corrupted. Not good news for the sports gamers out there, and if you were in the middle of a season...it's some tough luck.