C'mon $ony - bans just before Christmas. Have a little heart! For God's sake, you might not even be rolling in more dough if it weren't for CFW. Here are some of the facts:
1) a lot of CFW users use their CFW for homebrew, not piracy.
2) those who do download the games end up buying them if they really like them.
3) access to PSN means access to the store which means more money for you.
The banhammer will hurt Sony in the long run.
I managed to avoid the ban for a very long time. It finally caught up to me, just hoping this fix will not be patched, however 0x00 said he'll make a new one if it does get patched. Now that's what I call dedication!
Even if my console gets banned, hey, it was fun. I got to go online, have a blast. These banhammers are killer - and just for the record, I followed all the rules, even used chaos airbringer, but I still got banned. No cheats, no modifications, no COD, no early leaks, no loading MM before signing in, etc. It's not just cheaters who are getting the banhammer.
Best way I think - I'm going to wait a bit until sony cools out. Check the scene everyday - if there is a banhammer in effect, don't log on. Wait until it cools down. There seems to have been waves of certain bans at certain times. I think that would be the best way to do it. If they are on a banhammer, it's just not worth logging on.
mandraxx, from a business perspective It doesn't many any sense to allow CFW users to use their service. CFW allows piracy and makes cheating even easier, not banning those users just because there is a chance that they're just testing pirated games before buying and using CFW just for homebrew is just stupid.
I like console scenes and I do everything I can to support It, I give donations every now and then and well... I'm a mod here. I try to bring more people into the homebrew world. Even so, I have to be realistic, most people here aren't backing up games, back up implies you own the game, actually, most people aren't testing either, they just want free stuff. Who are we kidding? It's not the OtherOS thread that gets filled with posts, It's the PSN Unban, MultiMan, CFW, basically, things that opens doors to piracy is what gets the most attention, don't you think that means something?
Sony is right about the banhammer, It reduces the number of cheaters online and makes people actually buy the game.
As for waiting until "sony cools out", guys, the bans are random. They ban random people during random days. If you're waiting for a magical day that Sony gets all warm and fuzzy inside, well... don't. The banhammer may or may not struck the CFW users. If you want to be 100% sure you won't get banned, get back to OFW.
Right now nobody can unban and PS Uban only unbans your ps3, so there in no way to unban a banned account, so your friend is not right, but i hope someone make that possible, personally i believe it would not take long time until someone make that real, just like what our lovely friend 0x00 did!