Gears of War 2 cheats threatened with gamerscore wipe

Apr 30, 2009

Microsoft's Xbox LIVE team are getting strict against those who cheat in Gears of War 2, going as far as to wipe out a player's gamerscore if they are found to have falsified their achievements.  The wipe will affect not only Gears of War 2 points but all gaming achievements, and be accompanied by a message on the user's profile explaining that they lost their gamerscore because of cheating.

The decision follows the discovery of a hack in which players can swap their Xbox LIVE profiles with those of another gamer with a high existing gamerscore.  If Microsoft's automated system identifies any sign of this, it will reset the gamerscore to zero; the company claim there is no appeals process to get lost points back.

Once caught, gamers will have the opportunity to rebuild their gamerscore legitimately.  Microsoft describe this as a belief in "players reforming themselves", though we'd wager it's a nice way to ensure subscriptions continue too, rather than simply banning them. 

[via Electricpig]

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