214w ago - Update: Microsoft's MajorNelson has now officially confirmed the bans.
This Halloween it appears Microsoft has pulled a TRICK with no TREAT on modified XBox 360 console owners... specifically, mass bans have been initiated against them.
IGN (linked above) have confirmed this news, to quote: "We have taken action against a small percentage of consoles that have been modified to play pirated game discs," a Microsoft spokesperson told IGN.
"In line with our commitment to combat piracy and support safer and more secure gameplay for the more than 20 million members of our Xbox LIVE community, we are suspending these modded consoles from Xbox LIVE."
Though Microsoft wouldn't confirm specifically when these bannings took place, a quick look over on its official forums suggest it's been going on over the course of this past week.
Plenty of users have created threads on the technical feedback forum reporting of having their Xbox 360 console banned.
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yep ps3 always on line , had loads a 360 RED RING OF DEATHS plus paying to play online, who invented that pants!, used to be pc online all time but sorry m$ you robbing bunch of runts im sticking to me ps3 from now on see where that gets you, I know I wont be missed but I aint gonna get banned either. BLESS YOU SONY xxx oh and THANK YOU.
Well between working all day, having to take out the girlfriend and family, I cant even finish a game in 1 month and still with all the games from the other months give me plenty of multiplayer to play with friends. At least MW2 will take me 2 or 3 months to get only one prestige plus story mode.
So to me $60 a month keeps me plenty occupied and I only buy whats really worth it to my tastes. Im pretty happy, enjoy lots my ps3 and try to catch up whenever I can spare time. Sorry to listen that its more expensive for you but maybe you should try playing your games with friends and try multiplayer that way you can milk them more.