Microsoft Branding Xbox Live Cheaters for Life, Like Sex Offenders

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Microsoft justice is cold but apt. If you tried to goose your Xbox Live Gamerscore to match Chen's (he's an achievement demon, but I still rock his face at Halo) with game save hacks, the long arm of Microsoft is squeezing your nuts right about now. To start, they're nuking your Gamerscore, and you can't go back and re-earn zapped achievements, no matter how many times you kill 50,000 zombies. But here's the real burn: Your account is forever branded as a cheater, so everyone instantly knows that you're a horrible human being. You can't scrub that shame off, no matter how much shit you talk. [Major Nelson]

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@Worf: I think it's neat to get achievements, I've played games much farther than I would have normally to get the points, and had fun doing so. I'm still in search of the elusive 100% game, but it's part of the fun, and it does add an additional layer to the game. I found myself preferring to purchase games for the 360 instead of the PS3 (Rock Band, Lego Star Wars and Orange Box) primarily because of the fun that achievements add.

@BonoMan: It is a bit odd to hate on achievements. I don't know the number off the top of my head, I know it's relatively low, and I don't care. I think it adds to the fun, and really I don't know if games today are suppossed to be fun or not. The only reason I can see to be neagtive is because someone wants that feature on their console of choice, so yeah, a jealosy thing.