UK OXM Clarifies What’s Bannable and What’s Not
Hey folks, reader “KaibaChaos” was kind enough to chime in and send us some scans from the UK Official Xbox 360 Magazine Issue 33 May 2008. On page 17, the editors, in plain language, detail what actions will result in a Gamercore correction, and what won’t. Here is a transcript of the text:
How you can get caught and banned
Microsoft is taking the strongest action against those caught downloading game saves from community sites online. these saves are hacked so they can be associated with any profile, unlike legitimate saves, which are locked into the profile they were created with.
A particularly obvious giveaway of a cheat are those gamers who have unlocked online Achievements without being signed into Xbox Live. Any Achievement gained online will normally have a date and time next to it. This is not the case with hacked Achievements.
Account sharing is another violation of the Xbox Live terms and conditions. This happens when someone offers to use your profile online to earn Achievements on your behalf. Obviously giving up your password and username to strangers is a ridiculous thing to do anyway, especially because they are then able to see your credit card details.
But you won’t get banned for…
Boosting online with your friends. This technique requires a number of players to join games together and unlock Achievements as if you were a team. These are usually for Achievements such as ‘win ten games’ or ‘score 1,000 headshots’, which would normally take much longer to unlock if you were doing them properly and on your own.
Glitching Achievements. Let’s face it, there are so many games out there that have buggy Achievements, so it would be a bit unfair for you to get banned for exploiting this system. Assassin’s Creed, for example, awards Achievements at some very strange and unexpected times.
Thanks “KaibaChaos” for the heads up!