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Playing this will no longer get you banned from Xbox LIVE

Microsoft has backtracked on its original threat to ban the LIVE accounts of gamers who have purchased Halo 3 early following high street retailer Argos' admin error.

Earlier today, a Microsoft rep told Pro-G that gamers who played Halo 3 early would have their LIVE accounts banned. The rep also confirmed that Microsoft was able to ban accounts based on information collected by the console which showed when the game was played.

However, Pro-G has since been contacted by another MS rep, who said the ban only applies to Microsoft employees.

What this means for those of you lucky enough to have taken advantage of the Argos error is that you can start playing the game, if you already weren't, free from retribution.

Update: A full statement from Microsoft on the Halo 3 banning scandal can be found here.

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You all suck and you know it. Next time play the game right and don't mod like a lil bitch. Play the game right or don't play at all.
Pwnd!!!!
Posted 03:15 on 08 August 2008
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people are retarded if you wanted to play it early just set up a new account and use the 48 hour free trial that came with the game like i did who cares if your useless account gets banned? ur-dur

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Posted 16:58 on 23 September 2007
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I just got my copy of halo 3 my account didnt get banned just letting you guys know
Posted 05:18 on 20 September 2007
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Anonymous

This is not even true for non MS-emplyees.

Rumours are getting people all fired up, as usual...
Posted 18:13 on 19 September 2007
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Sorry, but the above user is wrong. The TOS / EULA for LIVE is contractual and could be upheld in a court. If you're aware, if you buy "stolen" goods you are not entitled to neither those goods nor your money back for such goods. MS isn't even saying that, they're just saying "hey, you're not allowed to use our service".
What this article doesn't say is HOW LONG the people will get banned for. Is it 9999 like the H3 Epsilon folks or will it just be a month or longer?
Remember, not all people playing H3 on XBL will have a legitimate copy either and therefore MS is also preventing pirating of the early releases.
Posted 18:12 on 19 September 2007
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Unfortunately, that's not quite right. The TOS state they can terminate your account but the fact that several thousand people would simultaneously complaint to MS would be more trouble than enough.

The TOS are, for the most part, adhered to when there are problems with user conduct.

Banning customers who happen to have a game before launch is not the same thing.
Posted 17:43 on 19 September 2007
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xbox dot com/en-US/live/legal/ Item 18
"We may cancel or suspend your Service at any time. Our cancellation or suspension may be without cause and/or without notice. Upon Service cancellation, your right to use the Service stops right away."

You're not getting into 'trouble', MS is simply refusing to do business with you, as is their right.
Posted 17:31 on 19 September 2007
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Right, i'm now aware that Argos, Comet and Curry's have all been selling Halo 3
Posted 17:20 on 19 September 2007
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some argos stores in the u.k have sold copies today , however it appears they have realised their error
Posted 17:17 on 19 September 2007
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So you can avoid a ban by never accessing XBox Live again. But if you never access Live again, how is that different from being banned? Stupid statement.

I agree that it would be the store's fault for selling it early, but how many stores are going to be stupid enough to do that? I'm guessing that most people who got it early did so by less than legitimate means.
Posted 16:56 on 19 September 2007
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As a consumer in the UK i'm entitled to play what i purchase; irrespective of whether MS want me to or not. Argos can get in trouble for selling it but i shouldn't for playing it.

Exactly. I'd just make a new offline account and play it on that anyway though.
Posted 16:51 on 19 September 2007
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total rubbish. As a consumer in the UK i'm entitled to play what i purchase; irrespective of whether MS want me to or not. Argos can get in trouble for selling it but i shouldn't for playing it.
Posted 16:49 on 19 September 2007
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or you could always just take out your HHD/Mcard, and then you can play it without being detected
Posted 16:26 on 19 September 2007
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What a load of tosh. It's the store's fault for selling it early. A customer who goes to a shop, buys a game legally and plays it has done nothing wrong.
Posted 16:07 on 19 September 2007
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just set ur console date past 9/26/07 and dont get on live till after that date
Posted 15:47 on 19 September 2007

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