There have been a lot of stories recently on Microsoft and their policy of banning modified consoles. Reports have been that anywhere from several thousand to 1 million consoles were banned leading up to the launch of Modern Warfare 2. Microsoft has denied that such a large number were banned but defends it’s practice, even in the face of potential lawsuits
I would like to take this opportunity to say “Thank you, Microsoft!” People have tried to explain away the reasons behind modifying consoles, such as making back ups of games you own or to add a bigger hard drive. The largest use of a modified 360 is to play pirated copies of games, simple as that. Pirating is an extreme detriment to the games industry but the people who do pirate feel justified in their actions. They feel that the production companies are making more than enough money and charging too much for their product. Video game prices can be viewed as expensive but most companies put huge budgets behind these games, trying to make them worth while. You only need to look to PC gaming to see that piracy is hurting the business. Companies are folding every day, laying off thousands of employees (see the recent closure of Pandemic
). We as gamers need to support the developers that provide us with enjoyable games and not take profit and jobs away from them.
Another use for a modified 360 is to cheat at games. We’ve all played an online match or two where you could swear that someone had an unfair advantage. Every time you spawn – BLAM! – headshot or you see your opponent bouncing across the screen at an impossible speed. This cheapens the experience immensely and is something that Microsoft has tried hard to keep at bay. Part of paying the yearly $50 or so for Xbox Live Gold membership is an understanding that I will have a fair and reliable experience online. Permanently banning people who use modded consoles helps keep the system running smooth. I know it’s not a perfect response, but i think it’s the right one. So once again, I say “Thank you for banning, Microsoft!” And to all those who don’t mod or pirate, see you online