i found this in my morning paper, apparently microsoft shut down a bunch of peoples xboxs due to illegal download of games. haha why would these people risk it, they should stop being cheap asses and buy the fucking game
Upwards of 1 million Xbox Live players around the world, including scores in the GTA, have suddenly found themselves unplugged as Microsoft lowers the boom on suspected pirates.
Microsoft says the players were using consoles modified to allow them to play bootleg games, many of them downloaded from pirate sites and burned onto disc. Tech bloggers drew an immediate link to the release this week of blockbuster Xbox360 game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.
The software and gaming giant would not reveal how it discovered which consoles had been modified.
Affected gamers who try to log on to the Xbox Live system for online gaming get the message: "Your console has been banned from Xbox." The consoles can still play any Xbox game, just not connected to others online.
Gamerama Video Games, on Yonge St. just north of Eglinton Ave., has had many callers asking the store to buy their modified Xbox consoles after they were disconnected.
"There's no way we can actually fix that because (the modification) is coded to the console's drive," said Will, an employee who declined to give his last name.
"It can't go online any more. The system is useless for that."
In a statement to tech magazine Information Week, Microsoft has said only a "fraction" of its 20 million users are affected, but the number of people reporting they had been knocked off the system was building through Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Canadian gamers were concerned about what would happen to their online game profiles.
"I don't wanna lose my rank in Halo 3," a gamer named Harjit B reported on a Canadian information site this week.