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Microsoft somehow under the impression that they are winning the war on cheaters.

Posted in News with tags , , , on March 31, 2008 by Arya

Microsoft has announced that they are implementing a new policy that will crack down on cheaters like never before. No, they haven’t decided to finally activate the hidden C4 inside the box of anyone who attempts to mod it. But don’t worry, their punishment is much more extreme and reminiscent of WWII Germany’s treatment of the Jews.

According to Microsoft and unbeknown to myself and I’m assuming most other Xbox Live gamers, achievement hacking is the hottest form of cheating. Doesn’t it just grind your gears when you see someone with achievements they didn’t really earn? No, not really for me either. Who gives a shit? Well, apparently anyone caught with a mod or cheat on their harddrive (unclear how this is detected) that enhances their gamerscore will have said score reduced to zero and have their account renamed CHEATER McCHEAT (props on the name), as per this photo which is blurred for CheaterMcCheat’s protection. As you can see his status is “CHEATING” while living in “Im’ A Dirty Cheater, USA.” How embarassing. While this isn’t without shittiness for the receiving parties involved (all their achievements whether legitimate or hacked are erased and can never be regained), I find it pretty amusing that Microsoft is diverting any resources toward this kind of nonsense rather than the repeated hardware problems their boxes are facing. And of course it doesn’t combat the whole “pay Microsoft another $50 to get a new account” strategy that most cheaters use or plan on using. Something tells me it’s not in Microsoft’s Scrooge McDuck-ish vault of gold’s best interest to ever combat this strategy.

For another article on this story check here.

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Gears of War 2 On its Way in 08

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on February 20, 2008 by Pvt. Eyes

GDC is picking up over in San Francisco, and today’s big news is that Gears of War 2 has been scheduled for release in November of 2008. The game, which is of course a sequel to 2006’s well-acclaimed Gears of War, was announced as part of Microsoft’s keynote speech at GDC. The title will be an Xbox 360 exclusive, and so far details are scarce. Over at joystiq, they’re about to do some live coverage of the Epic Games press conference, so more we’ll have more info as it comes…

[picture from digitalbattle.com]