Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Halo 4 Pirates Go to the Gallows! Well, the Permanent Ban List Anyways

Halo 4 is due out in less than 3 weeks time. Not so long for a normal release, but for one as tempting as such a long awaited continuation of the story, Halo brings out the dark side in some. Pirated copies have been making their way across the net, and a fair amount of gamers have delved into the treasure. But like all treasure, this one is cursed.

Playing a pirated version of the game requires a modified console. That, in and of itself, is enough to warrant a ban if used online. Using it to play Halo 4 though, is a no holds barred permanent ban. That's right kids. Those members who are spoiling it for everyone else are seeing their profiles locked for the next 8,000 years (year 9,999 close enough).

Microsoft issued a statement saying,
"We are aware of isolated cases in which 'Halo 4' content has been propped on the web and are working closely with our security teams and law enforcement to address the situation immediately."
Be wary of youtube comments as well as videos.

"There are people putting the whole thing on YouTube," -Frank O'Connor, Halo franchise director at 343 Industries
343 wasn't finished there:

"We take vigorous action against illegal activity related to our products and services. Playing pirated copies of games, such as 'Halo 4,' is a violation of the Xbox Live Terms of Use and will result in enforcement action, such as account and console bans."

And as for those players who have been playing Halo 4 and haven't been caught yet, here's a preview of the message you will shortly receive:

"This email is to notify you that your Xbox Live privileges have been permanently suspended due to illegitimate prerelease title play," the email reads. "Because your conduct is in violation, the Xbox Live Enforcement Team has issued a permanent suspension ... Your Xbox Live privileges will not be reinstated."

Isn't being a Pirate fun boys and girls? I can't wait to see these bans brought up on the forums.

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