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Xbox Live Rating Manipulators Unmasked? - 5000 Fake Live Accounts Commissioned By Design Firm

Dealspwn writes: "The Xbox Live star rating system is an important way of securing publicity for Indie Games, but recently, a mysterious flurry of negative votes has caused deserving titles to fall off of the limelight in favour of other more cynical offerings. The ever-observant Robert Boyd, founder and driving force behind Zeboyd Games, has discovered that an online design firm may have commissioned the creation of 5000 free Xbox Live user accounts to be used with a spambot – almost certainly with the objective of manipulating the ratings system for their clients."

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iDotDotDot2746d ago

That's some Shady shit son.

BabyTownFrolics2746d ago

you should have to purchase the game in order to rate it, actually I dont know if that would help.

Otheros002746d ago

That would fix everything.

iDotDotDot2746d ago

That's how it works on PSN

Simco8762746d ago

That is how it works on PSN, and its a pretty good system.

gamingdroid2746d ago

Nah, you could have played the game elsewhere. Shouldn't you be allowed to pitch your opinion in?

Best way is to handle it like amazon.com does it. They allow both, but specifically marks each review by verified owner.

I hope some serious punishment is coming down on these companies like financial (and if possible, but unlikely jail time). This is essentially fraud!

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Solidus187-SCMilk2746d ago

I went and gave that lacross game a 1 star rating when I heard about this the other week.

Asking people to give you 5 stars is pretty lame, but having people down vote other games to make yours stand out is the worst.

Elven62746d ago

The developer never asked them to downrate other games.

Solidus187-SCMilk2746d ago

but he did care enough about ratings to ask people to rate his game 5 stars even if they hadnt played it. Someone like that clearly cares about the rating enough to try and downrate others games and have his move up the highest rated list. Maybe he didnt, but maybe he did.

I just did what they asked, rated the game even if I had not played it. Only I gave it 1 star instead of 5.

gypsygib2746d ago (Edited 2746d ago )

I always wondered how really crappy games were rated 3-4 stars.