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GTA V Vine Leaks  (Source: Gizmodo)
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 GTA V 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.

Sources: The Sixth Axis, VG247, Gizmodo



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RE: Great
By Samus on 9/17/2013 12:58:12 PM , Rating: 5
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His hardware still works fine, his software also still works fine. The online service is what he is banned from here.


You are unfamiliar with Microsofts' banning process. Let me explain it to you since I am the not-so-proud owner of a banned XBOX360 due to flashing the DVD-ROM firmware to boot unsigned code (homebrew.)

When you sign into XBOX Live, your console key is encrypted and sent to Microsoft. This key contains your motherboard serialization, software versions, firmware (motherboard, DVD-ROM and hard disk) and volume information of attached memory cards, USB devices and hard disks. The encrypted package sent after during sign-in negotiation is about 4KB.

That package is swiftly analyzed. When Microsoft goes on a "ban-wave" they update their system to ban any console that has a console key package that has rogue information. DVD-ROM firmware not from Microsoft? Ban. Hard Disk firmware custom because you put in your own 120GB disk into a 20GB case and flashed the firmware? Ban. Account you signed in to violated the Live TOS? Ban.

A ban is identical across the board and there aren't different types of a ban. A console ban is the same thing as an XBOX Live ban, and vice-versa. If it weren't, there is nothing stopping you from making a new XBOX Live account. The only way to ban people for life is to ban the console.

A console ban is three-fold. Obviously, your account is disabled. Although you can still sign into it, all features are disabled. Nothing will work. Achievements are readable, but are no longer view able by others and are erased from rankings and leaderboard. Aside from the account that is now useless (and unbannable according to Microsoft) the console key is corrupted. The assures you can not make a new, or sign into another, Live account, because the console can not be verified. Since the console key is corrupted, no online activity or updates are possible. Lastly, and this one is borderline-illegal, your hard disk is corrupted. This is undo-able with software (but wipes the drive) but the purpose is to disable any Live content on the drive. It is done in a very unelegent way, however, and everything but game saves are usually unaccessible.

The ONLY way to fix a ban is to swap the XBOX motherboard with a non-blacklisted board and re-wipe the drive using a special PC program. If, like me, your DVD-ROM firmware is not signed, you better load your signed backup firmware before signing into Live again. You may not be banned right away, but you eventually will be, because as soon as you sign in once, they have that key package on file, and know your modified. The next time they initiate a ban-wave, you will be banned, even if you haven't signed in since and even if you are running signed firmware at the time of the ban.

They just don't care. The console has the most ridiculous terms of service I've ever seen. It sets a bad precedent for the future of Windows, as well. Windows activation is just the beginning. Eventually Windows might detect if your hardware has serializations that have been reported stolen by the manufacture, and may even detect 3rd party pirate software, key gens, etc.

And this is why I will never buy a Microsoft device ever again.


RE: Great
By flyingpants1 on 9/20/2013 6:33:37 AM , Rating: 2
This post is highly inaccurate. I've been playing online with a modded Xbox for years.

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I am the not-so-proud owner of a banned XBOX360 due to flashing the DVD-ROM firmware to boot unsigned code (homebrew.)


Oh. Well, it is NOT possible to boot homebrew or unsigned code with custom DVD-ROM firmware. The DVD-ROM drive hacks SOLELY allow you to play burned games. Homebrew is only possible with the JTAG/RGH hacks, which are totally different.

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Hard Disk firmware custom because you put in your own 120GB disk into a 20GB case and flashed the firmware? Ban.


Microsoft does NOT ban for custom 120GB HDDs.

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A ban is identical across the board and there aren't different types of a ban. A console ban is the same thing as an XBOX Live ban, and vice-versa.


This is misleading. A console ban is NOT the same thing as an account ban. You can have your console banned multiple times and continue playing on the same XBL account.

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You may not be banned right away, but you eventually will be, because as soon as you sign in once, they have that key package on file, and know your modified.


Microsoft does NOT flag consoles instantly. The copy protection does not actually work in the way you described. If it did, there would be nothing to stop Microsoft from insta-banning anyone with a modded console. And they don't, because the custom DVD-ROM firmware is generally thought to be undetectable by Microsoft.

Instead there is a complex system in place for checking each game disc. It works by evaluating the angles at which the DVD-ROM laser hits the disc. The custom firmware works in tandem with the patched game discs to provide the correct responses every time. So long as your game is patched with the correct information, you are 99% safe. Generally the only way to get banned is by playing an unpatched version of a game (online or offline).

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The next time they initiate a ban-wave, you will be banned, even if you haven't signed in since and even if you are running signed firmware at the time of the ban.


This part is true. Except there has not been a "ban wave" since November, 2009. That's almost 4 years ago. Too many false positives and legal hassles.

This is so silly. Please don't spread misinformation.


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