Tuesday, November 16, 2004

WSJ.com - Microsoft Boots Online Players Suspected of Modifying Xboxes

WSJ.com - Microsoft Boots Online Players Suspected of Modifying Xboxes: "In the days before Microsoft Corp. released the hotly anticipated Halo 2 videogame for the Xbox game console, some gamers noticed a sudden increase in the number of people being kicked off the company's online game service.
That was no coincidence. With Halo 2 expected to entice a new batch of users to the Xbox Live online gaming community, Microsoft says it got tougher with people suspected of making unauthorized modifications to their Xboxes.
Gamers who modify Xboxes usually do so either to be able to cheat on games or use pirated copies, although some also have made changes so they can use the Xbox for other functions, from running Linux to playing music.
Cameron Ferroni, general manager of the Xbox software platform, says Microsoft is not interested in suing individual users. But the company does want to banish scofflaws from its online service, Xbox Live."
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