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Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2008-04-04 03:37:35
You Too Can Have the Confidence That Comes With a Larger E-Peen!
The Xbox 360/Xbox Live system of doling out points for "Achievements" that contribute to a persistent and visible "Gamerscore" has been a resounding success. Some people play unarguably shitty games to squeeze out extra points for their total (guilty as charged - I've been playing those Burger King games for that very purpose). Some people pay others to game for them, to get the achievements. Some people cheat, using methods that I don't care to discuss here. Considering that one's Xbox Gamerscore has absolutely no inherent value aside from the "Yee-yah-yuh, Bitches!" factor, this shows what a success this trivial bonus feature has become, and what it signifies to the Xbox Live community.
Microsoft has long since realized that cheating devalues the impact of Achievement Points. Their latest enforcement measures are amusingly draconian. Not only do cheaters get all of their Achievements erased, they get slapped with a tag that clearly identifies them as a Gamerscore Cheater.
I find it simultaneously alarming and hilarious that Microsoft has devoted resources into policing this bizarre corner of the internet. To hear them say it, they're diligently pouring over an untold number of player profiles in order to punish what they freely admit is a minuscule number of offenders. It would suck if an innocent gamer got mistakenly nailed for this perfidy. Losing "Pretend I-Am-Awesome Points" is one thing, but lambasting a person's integrity and reputation is unconscionable. Don't get me wrong; I agree that cheaters fully deserve this fate. It's just that we're forced to depend on the fact that Microsoft has never ever made a mistake :P And couldn't the costs of this "police work" be better put to use toward making Xbox Live free instead?
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