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Xbox 360 ban message detailing the user's violation of Microsoft terms of service. (Source: Xbox-Scene)
Microsoft's Xbox 360 now able to sniff out illegitimate copies of games

More than a year has passed since the release of the Xbox 360 DVD-ROM firmware hack to allow the play of backup games and bootleg copies. Those with hacked firmware had the ability to play copied games, mostly burned onto dual-layer DVD recordable discs, even online Xbox Live.

For a while, it seemed that such firmware modifications were undetectable by Microsoft – but that appears to have all changed with the latest Xbox 360 system software released last week.

Word came from the Xbox 360 hacking community that the Spring Update may have the ability to detect those who were playing copied games. More specifically, the system software would be able to determine the legitimacy of the disc in the DVD drive, not necessarily targeting any specific method of modification.

As a pre-emptive measure, hackers released updated disc drive firmware introducing various features, such as disc jitter, in an effort to further the exploit. Such efforts, however, appear to be all for naught, as report on Xbox-Scene indicates that Microsoft is now banning from Xbox Live users with modified DVD-ROM drives, regardless of firmware version.

The banning measures appear to have started alongside the release of the Halo 3 beta, perhaps in what is best described as a crackdown on Crackdown bootlegged copies that contained Halo 3 beta access. Just as it did during the original Xbox days, Microsoft is permanently banning modified consoles from connecting to Xbox Live, but not the user account.

Microsoft acknowledges its new initiative with an entry in its Gamerscore Blog: “As part of our commitment to our members, we do not allow people that we have detected to have modified their console to connect to Live. This is an important part of our efforts to try and maintain a fair gaming environment for the large majority of gamers that play by the rules. This topic is more important than ever given the recent release of the Halo 3 beta.”

The blog continues, “As a result, some consumers that try to login to Live who we detect have illegally modified their console will get an error code (Status Code: Z: 8015 - 190D) when trying to connect to the service. These users will not have their account automatically banned from LIVE, but they will no longer be able to access the service from the console they modified. We have stated in the past that customers can only enjoy access to the Xbox LIVE community through the use of a genuine, unmodified, Xbox console and we will continue to enforce this rule to ensure the integrity of our service, the protection of our partners and the benefits of our users.”

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My trick for getting games cheap.
By Mitch101 on 5/18/2007 12:02:34 PM , Rating: 2
Here is my trick for getting games cheap.

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1-It allows you to play the game and if it sucks well you didnt pay for it and simply return the game.

2-If the game rocks or you like it and were most likely the first one get the rental you can usually buy the game for $15.00+ less than the stores are selling it for. If its not a lot cheaper then continue to play the game maybe even all the way to the end if you beat it then you can return the game for another one. If you still want to buy it after a few weeks then the game will certainly be cheaper than buying it new and you may have been the first one to get the rental.

I find this method much better than buying a new game on a review only to find I dont like the game or I beat it in a few weeks or even lose interest in a week or two.

Example SHREK THE THIRD Keep It Price: $39.99 but at most stores is $50.00. If Im the first renter Im buying the game at $10.00 less than the stores sell it for.

Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars Keep It Price: $47.99 while its still $59.99 is most stores.

Both of these games came out in the last 10 days and you get to try before you buy. Try returning a game to BestBuy that sucked.

RE: My trick for getting games cheap.
By SomeYoungMan on 5/18/2007 1:29:18 PM , Rating: 2
All this for a low, low fee of $21.95/mo. I guess if you buy more than 3 games a month, then it's worth it.

RE: My trick for getting games cheap.
By nayy on 5/18/2007 1:53:16 PM , Rating: 2
It's worth if it keeps you from buying a losy game

By Mitch101 on 5/21/2007 2:54:16 PM , Rating: 2
Here is where it saves you.

1-If you can beat the game in a short amount of time.

2-The Game sucks.

3-You lose interest within a week or two. (I have had a lot of games I played just a few times where the game starts off ok but goes downhill a week into the gameplay)

4-Game is rated or marketed for Kids. Then you come to find out the learning curve is so high your kids cant make it far in the game because of its difficulty.

If it keep your from buying 1 game a month its paid for iteself.

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