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Microsoft's bricking of modified Xbox 360 consoles may bring the company its latest class action suit. Microsoft tells the over 1 million banned customers to buy a new Xbox 360 or deal with their crippled unit.
Legal firm is looking for banned Xbox owners to participate in suit

Gamers are really into tweaking their gear for fun and to achieve the best performance during gameplay. PC gamers overclock their hardware to get more performance for less money and console gamers have modded their Xbox 360 consoles for many reasons (some for innocent reasons, some for nefarious reasons).

Microsoft appears to feel that the only reason to mod an Xbox 360 is to allow the console to play pirated download software. A law firm based in Texas that specializes in IP has launched a new website to gather Xbox 360 users who have been banned for modding their consoles. The main goal of the firm is to find out whether there are enough console owners that were banned to start a class action suit against Microsoft.

The law firm wrote on its website, "Microsoft has chosen to use one of the most indiscriminate "weapons" in its arsenal in an effort to combat piracy -- as a result, use of this "weapon" has resulted in a great deal of collateral damage -- many people were affected who had nothing to do with piracy."

According to the law firm, AbingtonIP, the bans were strategically timed so that they didn’t interfere with the sales and new Xbox Live registrations that were seen around the launch of HALO ODST and the recent launch of Modern Warfare 2. AbingtonIP states that had the bans happened before the launch of these games the profits reaped by Microsoft would have been diminished.

So far the Xbox 360 ban has led to more than 1 million consoles being banned from the network with the official recourse for the banned players being to buy a new console and not mod it this time around. A potential fix for banned consoles that doesn't involve buying a new Xbox 360 surfaced. The workaround is called iXtreme LT and the goal of the workaround is to provide a minimum amount of security checks and make the firmware as close to stock as possible to avoid detection and the resulting ban.

The fix arrived but was rather complex and required that the Xbox 360 not have been updated or the player to have access to the CPU key of the console. DailyTech has also spoke with an attorney -- Jeffrey Johnson -- about the banning of Xbox 360 console form the Xbox Live network.

Microsoft's official statement on the banning of certain consoles reads, "Our commitment to combat piracy and support safer and more secure gameplay for the more than 20 million members of our Xbox Live community remains a top priority,” he wrote. “All consumers should know that piracy is illegal, and that modifying their Xbox 360 console to play pirated discs, violates the Xbox Live terms of use, will void their warranty and result in a ban from Xbox Live."



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RE: Bunch o' babies
By Etern205 on 11/23/2009 10:51:54 PM , Rating: -1
User name: Reclaimer77
Total number of post: 2464
Average rating: 1.76

You're pathetic, a disgrace to this site and whatever you said about "average person" don't mod consoles...
You're a freakin retart!

If you authorized a person to do it for you, then your still liable for your actions!


RE: Bunch o' babies
By Reclaimer77 on 11/23/2009 11:55:12 PM , Rating: 3
Wait, what !?? I'm NOT in support of people modding. I'm clearly siding with Microsoft on this issue. What are you talking about ??

And lol@bringing up someones ratings on Daily Tech. As if that in any way reflects the quality of the poster.


RE: Bunch o' babies
By dark matter on 11/24/09, Rating: -1
RE: Bunch o' babies
By callmeroy on 11/24/2009 8:28:39 AM , Rating: 3
No he's right -- it doesn't....

As a very long time user of this site (this user name is my 3rd through the years -- and btw, not because of hidding but my own forgetfulness has caused me to need to make new ones), you get a feeling that many times posts are mod in a knee jerk reactions or to align with the popular trend of a thread - rather than well thought out personal view conflicts or reasoning.

Reclaimer 77 has pissed me off in posts in the past where I thought it was a jerk...but you know what other times I've agreed with his views as well....like this one -- he's right.

The mod system is a joke here the only think that makes it annoying is when you actually really aren't trying to be a smart ass but instead to really give a reasoned view point based on either research or experience in something and some putz mods it down because they just feel like it.

(much like this one will be if my experience here has taught me anything...lol)


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