The mother of the autistic boy who was labeled a cheater by XBL now admits her son cheated, albeit unintentionally. Last week his mother thought the only possibility was that her son was so good at games they mistakenly thought he was cheating. Microsoft disagreed and assured both the boy's mother and the public "achievements were illegitimately modified on the account." The boy's story went viral prompting Microsoft's Xbox Live enforcement chief Stephen Toulouse to write the woman an email pointing out specifically what her son did wrong to earn the label "cheater."
The email from Microsoft read:
"The account Zombie Kill67 transferred from the Xbox it is normally seen on, to an Xbox in another city. The account earned several achievements for Halo 3 that can only be done online and in succession. It was clear they were unlocked out of order and offline. Earning successive online achievements out of order and offline is an impossible feat, not due to skill, but due to the technology of the system. It can only be done by modifying the account and faking the achievements."
The boy apparently gave out his XBL log-in info to get new armor. This is when the alleged hacking took place. Microsoft would not give back the achievements but due to the media attention the boy received they gave him a free month of Xbox Live. According to the news report, the code they gave him did not work.
There is no proof charges were made to reimburse the hacker that earned these achievements. Do hackers do pro bono hacking to help gamers in need...of achievements?
Well darn, I guess we can’t go off on how evil M$ is for this one. LOL