Saturday, November 14, 2009
Microsoft Lays Down Ban Hammer On 1 Million Xbox Live Users
Microsoft laid down the banned hammer this week to over 1 million Xbox Live users who have modified their Xbox 360's to play pirated games. This has been an on going thing for most Xbox 360 pirates, but it all came to a head when leaked copies of 'Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2' made its way to bit torrents.
Users who modified Xbox 360's in order to play pirated games were met with a rude awakening when their gamer tag was banned from using the online service. Xbox Live allows Xbox 360 users to play with friends and other gamers across the world in a variety of different games. It has a yearly subscription fee of $50 and Microsoft has the discretion of banning users for a week, month, or permanently for violating their terms. So the banned offenders my just be out of $50 unless Microsoft grows a heart somewhere down the line and reverses their decision........... Good luck!
Its said that Activision may have exhorted Microsoft to enact the bans due to all the leaked copies that were being used on Xbox Live.
I do have friends who have modded their Xbox 360, and I've always felt that they were playing a dangerous game (not to mention illegal). I've never thought it was worth it to risk getting banned from Xbox Live, because that is a HUGH part of the fun of having an Xbox 360. Playing friends online is a very big deal to me, and a deciding factor if I buy a game for the PS3 or the Xbox 360. If the game doesn't have a good online content, then I get it for the PS3. If it has major online gaming content, then Xbox 360 wins.
So you Xbox 360 pirates who haven't been banned yet. I'm not here to judge, but you might want to reconsider that mod!!!