Gamer Posts Vine Videos Spoiling GTA V, Microsoft Bans His Console For Life
September 16, 2013 9:52 AM
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GTA V Vine Leaks
If you're going to leak footage, be smart enough to remove move your gamer tag from the video
A gamer going by the name of was able to get his hands on an early copy of
ahead of its launch. Exactly how he was able to get hands on the early copy is unknown. The braggart wasn't happy simply inviting a few friends over and playing the game before most people got their hands on it; he instead decided to make hordes of short Vine videos in order to gain internet notoriety.
The problem with this plan was that he apparently left his Gamertag clearly visible in at least one of the videos he made. As a result, Microsoft banned his Xbox console for life from Xbox Live.
What that means is while he will be able to play off-line games on his console; he'll have to buy a new one to be able to access Xbox Live. He will also lose any achievements and other content associated with that Gamertag.
Rockstar has a very cut and dry policy on this sort of thing. The policy reads, "Pre-Release Footage: No pre-release leaked footage of any kind: Any posting of in-game footage from leaked copies of the game prior to its official release date will be taken down, regardless of how the game was obtained. This includes “early unboxing” videos."
At the time of writing, we were unable to get any of the video clips on Vine to launch. We don't know if that means they were taken down or if there's just so much traffic that the videos are unavailable. Indications are that the short videos show off the inside of houses, in-game smartphone, shooting mechanics, and much more.
GTA 5 set to officially launch tomorrow.
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9/16/2013 4:31:52 PM
Back in the day, I could hack my Civilization save game and give myself 65,536 coins, just to see how it is to build every single wonder and surrender with my mechanized infantry a civilization that was still using phalanxes. And I could use my PC for a whole lot of other things.
Today I have to pay for closed hardware, pay for an online subscription in order to get the most out of most games and then undergo scrutiny to see if my actions are deemed acceptable by whoever.
9/16/2013 5:07:15 PM
Really, I'm pretty sure you can still do that now. There are a lot of options for hacking saves on current-gen PC games. There are even ways of hacking xbox saves (I had to fix a Mass Effect 3 save that was glitched and it really was not hard to modify).
The old consoles were no more open, hacking SNES saves requires specialized hardware. Xbox 360 saves just require a USB flash drive to hack.
9/16/2013 10:21:02 PM
You can still hack offline. Are you really saying it was okay for people to hack online without getting banned by things like punkbuster?
What the hell are you talking about?
“So far we have not seen a single Android device that does not infringe on our patents." -- Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith
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