The Ban Goes On

Well, it happened again.

I’ve been banned from Xbox Live. This time, I thought I was doing everything right. The Xenium deactivates itself when you launch the standard xbox bios from the TSOP, so I thought I was in the clear, as I was using a bios that completely disables live when I was running Xbox Media Center as my dash. Last week I heard some rumbling about Microsoft banning users based on not only their EEPROM but also their hard drive, or possibly due to weird saves that can’t possibly exist on an unhacked xbox (though I don’t see how this is possible, since save games can be passed between xboxes in a number of ways.

My xbox has a ‘recovered’ EEPROM and the same hard drive I was using when I was banned originally. I decided to bite the bullet and try to log in on Saturday morning and yes, I’ve been banned. Since I don’t use live all that much, I can’t say I’m too terribly upset about it, but it is a bit of a bummer.

Microsoft claims that they are increasing their bans due to a large number of users playing on Live with cheats or features enabled that should be impossible on an unbanned xbox. Some speculate that it is a response to the Halo 2 leak. Either way, you can’t blame Microsoft- they are trying to insure a quality service for people who are paying a decent amount of money. Look at what happened to SOCOM 1. It got to a point where no one was playing it because of all the cheating. Tons of modders are up in arms about how microsoft has gone too far. What the hell are these people smoking? They violated the Xbox Terms of Service they minute they opened up their xbox, then violated the terms of service when they went on live. By they I mean me too, of course. But I’m not really complaining, just bummed.

Update
Microsoft were kind enough to refund my year’s subscription money, no questions asked. No hard feelings guys? We cool? Sweet.