“Cheaters never win,” as the saying goes, and Microsoft is making
it apply to users of its Xbox Live service.
Today, those who have used exploits to artificially boost
their Gamerscore, a numerical score presented alongside an Xbox 360 gamer’s
profile account signifying their in-game achievements, found that Microsoft has
reset their score to zero.
“Today we took action on some of the accounts we have
identified as the most serious offenders who have violated the Xbox LIVE Terms
of Use by tampering with their Gamerscore and Achievements,” explained
Xbox Live community manager Larry Hyrb.
Hyrb last year on his Major
Nelson blog warned potential cheaters not to share their Xbox Live accounts
or tamper with game save files for the sake of boosting one’s Gamerscore.
Besides resetting a cheater’s entire Gamerscore back to
zero, the Xbox Live account will be unable to regain all previously obtained
achievements. Such players, however, will have the ability to gain future achievements
by earning them fairly.
Even more, those who have been targeted by Microsoft will be
clearly labeled as a cheater in the dashboard and for the community to view on
the Xbox website. Microsoft has created an example of a cheater
account here for public viewing.