Major Nelson: Shadow Complex cheaters looking at Gamerscore resets, other terrors

Wednesday, 16th September 2009 03:24 GMT By Nathan Grayson


Dirty, rotten, no-good cheaters beware: The Major‘s got the best good/bad surveillance system this side of Santa Claus, and he knows what you’re up to. Case in point: Shadow Complex.

If you’re caught pulling a fast one in Shadow Complex, you’ll be removed from the game’s leaderboard, “investigated” for a complete Gamerscore reset, and – if your ill-gained Gamerscore is wiped clean – branded as a cheater on Xbox Live.

So yeah. Stop cheating. Otherwise, you’ll get something far worse than coal in your stocking from Chair Entertainment and Microsoft.



  1. The_Deleted

    They should do this across the board for online games. Especially tossers over XBL or PSN who fuck a game off when they’re losing and deny you a win.
    They should be tarnished a ‘Monumental Shit’ on their score card and you should get the win.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Lutz


    I can’t abide the fucktards who do this.
    If you’re gonna have an e-peen, at least have a legitimate one. They should also be banned from ranking in those games again.

    On the flip side… there should be a “report glitches” thing… cos that’s how these are gained; through glitches.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. DrDamn

    How is the cheating in Shadow Complex actually achieved? Anyone know? It could be quite a grey area where a glitch means you skip a major part of the level – you then carry on and finish and find yourself atop the leaderboard. Was it you or the game at fault? It would be a harsh punishment for someone who didn’t realise the implications.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Blerk

    I don’t think they’re talking about ‘cheating’ in the usual respect. There was (still is?) a glitch in the demo version of the game whereby you could skip over the end-of-demo timeout and actually play the full game without paying.

    I surmise those are the people he’s talking about rather than people not playing the game as intended – indeed, some of the achievements require you to skip over bits of levels and otherwise ‘sequence break’ the game.

    And if that’s the case, they’re right to whack ‘em. It’s the best XBLA game I ever played and easily worth the asking price. If not more.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. JonFE

    Blerk, I agree that Shadow Complex is great and certainly well worth the asking price. However, that glitch was not the gamers’ fault, so -unless someone repeatedly refused to patch it just to keep playing for free- they should not get punished like that.

    I wonder if exploiting the glitch unlocks the achievements as well? That would be telling who played it for free…

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Blerk

    If they discovered it by accident, maybe. But the glitch was all over the internet the day after the game was released, so I’m surmising that most of the people who used it knew exactly what they were doing.

    Having said all that, I now hear that there are indeed ‘real cheaters’ on the leaderboards with stupidly high scores, etc. so perhaps they really were just talking about those guys.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. JonFE

    I’ve seen a ridiculous score of 101000000 mentioned in the Shadow Complex thread at the EG forums, so maybe that could be it.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Lutz

    The glitch isn’t about getting the game for free, it’s about people who’ve attained mathmatically (as per the game’s scoring system) impossible scores.

    101,000,000 is a common one.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. pracer

    Just to point out, this is one of the little unnoticed reasons that LIVE > PSN. It is a paid service, and they police it. Not as much as we might like and often not as fast, but never the less. They do police the thing.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Aimless

    Sony police PSN. They give out both temporary and permanent bans to accounts depending upon the situation, they just don’t blog about it.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Gamoc

    Aimless is correct.

    So he’s saying ‘yes, we are doing what we should be doing’.

    Now they just need to look at Trails HD and delete every single score on the leaderboard that involved a glitch. The top few thousand of Down the Stairs are all glitched scores, for example. There’s a few in Ski Jump, too.

    #11 5 years ago

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