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Gears of War: Judgment leak sparks action by Microsoft, bans threatened

Tuesday, 19 February 2013 12:11 GMT By Dave Cook

Gears of War: Judgment has leaked ahead of the game’s March 22nd release. We covered the leak here, but now Microsoft has pledged “vigorous action” towards plugging the leak.

In a statement to Eurogamer, a Microsoft rep said, “We are aware of isolated cases in which Gears of War: Judgment content has been propped on the web and are working closely with our security teams and law enforcement to address the situation immediately.

“Consumers should be aware that piracy is illegal and we take vigorous action against illegal activity related to our products and services. Playing pirated copies of games, such as Gears of War: Judgment, is a violation of the Xbox Live Terms of Use and will result in enforcement action, such as account and console bans.”

What’s your take on the above?

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12 Comments

  1. Bam007

    My take? It’s quite funny actually. (NOTE – AUD, not USD)

    Me – buy broken Xbox 360 from eBay for less than $100
    - fix it with $20 worth of material
    - flash it for $0
    - download and play hundreds and hundreds dollars worth of video games, absolutely free

    Microsoft – we will ban your console

    Okay, and? For less than $150 I will be back online, pirating and playing those pirated games online. Not to mention all of the spare consoles that many modders have.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. RandomTiger

    If they had a download copy ready to go they could message them that they need to purchase a copy of the game then and there (that would unlock on launch day) or their account / console is banned.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Bam007

    @2 – trust me buddy, ‘we’ would not care. I did the dirty for over a year and while I never got caught, I gave up on it simply because of how much I started to depreciate video games, which is my favourite hobby.

    The warning is in the Xbox LIVE Terms of Use. That never stopped me nor did it ever or will it ever stop any random who has/wants to mod a games console.

    It’s easier to get a console ban. As I pointed out, it is cheaper to buy a broken console, fix it and do the work to have it playing backed up Xbox 360 games.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. ps3fanboy

    i say it is violation of customers trusts to sell broken ms product for 5 years (rrod & scratching game disc). it is also illegal to not admitting selling broken product to your customers. then taking 100 dollars for a used replacement that also will break.

    but we don’t hear about that do we ms?… as long it is you ms that set the rules it is okay isn’t it?…

    #4 2 years ago
  5. LuLshuck

    backupkings 4lyf

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Samoan Spider

    @4 You should’ve picked the Wii in the failure rate stakes. It had the lowest of this generation. Whilst the Xbox was initially double that of the Ps3, the Ps3 still managed roughly a 10% failure for the 1st few years. And both are about the same and extremely low now. I have had to send back 2 xbox’s for rrod and 2 ps3s (one for a yellow light of death and one for a fubar’d bluray drive). And scratching discs was if you were stupid enough to move your console whilst the disc was spinning and a polisher at your local Game would sort that out a treat.
    On topic, it sounds fair to me. No one should be playing the game, so anyone who does gets the banhammer.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. RandomTiger

    @3 You are probably right, I think it would be a fair choice to at least offer the possibility of going legal.

    Can I ask you, looking back, if piracy was just not possible how many games do you think you would have bought compared with those you pirated (if any)? While you were pirating did you ever buy any games anyway because you wanted to support that product or any other (non security) reason?

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Bam007

    @7 Give and take, I’d say 3 to 1. 3 being pirated, while the 1 would obviously be purchased. Mind you, these games were usually offline-only anyway, so there was little to no reason whatsoever for me to buy the game.

    Since I got over it, I have purchased games that were solely offline/single player. Worst case, I will ‘rent’ the game from EB Games/GameStop (7/14 day return policy abuser :p).

    My latest purchase is actually Dead Island: Game of the Year edition and I pirated that when it first released. Believe me when I say that there is much more pleasure in playing a game online and knowing you actually paid for it when compared to staying offline and playing a game you had little to no interest in.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. theevilaires

    who was that guy on here who was famous for pirating games? 360 ones to be specific. He made a thread about Assassins Creeds 2 graphics was shit and admitted he pirates a lot of 360 games. Where did that loser go?

    #9 2 years ago
  10. nhowell14

    Again, not sure why there are any MS loyalists, as they constantly piss on their customers.

    It’s probably best that I don’t further reiterate on how Microsoft has ruined themselves….considering its blatantly obvious to everyone in the world at this point.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Samoan Spider

    @10 I’m sorry but I don’t see how. This is the way I see it for almost any console ever. You buy the game, you go home, you turn on the device, you put the disc in, the game loads, you press start, and play. Now I don’t see how MS are pissing on anyone with this. They have an enormous user base of current gen hardware users who will merrily buy the 720 (or whatever its called) and play games exactly as described above. But don’t worry, if it counts, there’ll be people tomorrow telling us how Sony are pissing on their customers too.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Cobra951

    @10: There are plenty of annoying fanboys to be sure (for each and every platform, not just MS). In my case, it was a combination of factors that led to me passing on the PS3, and concentrating on the X360. Normally, I end up getting all the relevant consoles per generation. Most significantly, the PS3 was *relentlessly* overpriced, and there were very few exclusive games on it that I really wanted. The Wii went nowhere after the initial batch of first-party games, and ended up used more as a Gamecube. Yes, I had to deal with the RRoD fiasco, like most owners of the early mis-designed systems. But by that point, I was too invested in the platform to walk away and start over. I got one replacement on Microsoft’s dime, and when that fried the same way, I bit the bullet and bought a $200 Jasper-chipset arcade unit, and moved my HDD over to it. That’s been doing fine for years, and using 100 watts *less* than the original design (according to my UPS readout). Much less heat, much more reliable. So I ended up paying about as much for Xbox hardware as the cost of one PS3 at launch. Haha!

    Am I happy about the defective-hardware costs and headaches? Hell no. Who would be? I just went with what made the most sense at the time, and dealt with the fallout as best as I could. I am certainly no MS loyalist. Next gen is up for grabs. Whoever *doesn’t* force me to be online to play my games will most likely get my money.

    #12 2 years ago

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  • GOG’s online service GOG Galaxy is now in open beta

    GOG Galaxy, the DRM-free online gaming platform from the folks at GOG, has left Alpha and is now in open beta for all to try. As previously announced, the online service, similar to Steam, is option. Players do not need to play online as all games are stored by the service and can be played […]

  • DayZ-inspired Goat Simulator DLC GoatZ is out this week on Steam

    Goat Simulator players can download DayZ-inspired DLC this week called GoatZ. According to Coffee Stain Studios, GoatZ is “the only survival game on Steam that isn’t in Early Access.” Jokingly of course. The DLC features: Mandatory crafting system because everyone else is doing it. Zombies that bug out. There’s a pun here about actual living […]

  • No, Far Cry 4 is not currently free on PSN

    You may have seen a few Tweets from people saying that the PS4 version of Far Cry 4 is available to download from PSN for free. This is not true. A few readers have tipped us off to what looked like a glitch on PSN that allowed players to download the full version of Far […]

  • Metal Gear Solid: The 1984 Collection confirmed to be a clothing line

    Konami is teasing a Metal Gear Solid thing called “The 1984 Collection.” The Metal Gear Solid Facebook page posted this image about an hour ago: The caption reads, “Step back into the 80′s with our new MGS collection coming very soon! Stay tuned!” This is supposedly in reference to the clothing line that was announced […]

  • Portal, The Simpsons, Jurassic World & Scooby Doo packs listed for Lego Dimensions

    Lego Dimensions is likely getting a few unannounced content packs. One of which is themed around Valve’s Portal. A set of unannounced content packs for the upcoming Lego Dimensions have been revealed by US retailer Walmart. The listings include packs for The Simpsons, Scooby Doo and Jurassic World, and most interestingly, Portal. The listings have […]

  • This is the most authentic recreation of GTA 2 in real life ever

    Affordable drones have many uses. Most of them are not nearly as exciting as recreating GTA 2 in real life. I am surprised it took us this long, but someone has finally captured footage using a drone that resembles the protagonist’s experience in the classic GTA 2. These aren’t just shots of cars from a […]

  • PlayStation 4 sales reach 2m in the UK

    Sony has sold 2 million PlayStation 4 consoles in the UK, faster than it did with the PlayStation 2 – the company’s best-selling machine in the country. MCVUK is reporting that as of last weekend, 2 million PlayStation 4s have been sold in the UK. The data is based on GfK Chart-Track estimates. This makes […]

  • H1Z1 gets female characters, skin colour options planned

    In an effort to improve diversity in the game, H1Z1 developer has added female characters. Female survivors can now be found throughout the world of H1Z1. Developer Daybreak added the new feature in a patch released last Friday. You will be able to choose a female avatar in the main game and in Battle Royale. […]

  • Possible teaser site for Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi’s new game opens

    Either Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi is working on a soon-to-be-launched Kickstarter for his new game, or someone is pulling an elaborate prank. At PAX Prime last year, during Keiji Inafune’s Mighty No. 9 panel, a flyer was handed out to attendees that showed what appeared to be a 2D game of some sort with […]

  • Destiny weekly reset for May 5: Heroic and Nightfall strikes detailed

    Tuesday is here and Destiny’s weekly reset is also here. Bungie announced that your weekly Destiny grind has now begun. The Nightfall and Heroic strikes are now live too. This week’s strike is Winter’s Run. Rainbow burn is back for the Nightfall, which means you do more damage with all elemental weapons, but also receive […]

  • PC version of Project Cars delayed in Australia due to severe weather

    Recent weather conditions in Sydney, Australia are responsible for a slight delay of the PC version of Project Cars in the country. Sydney recently suffered from storms that caused flooding in some areas. One of those is the place where publisher Namco Bandai was storing PC copies of Project Cars. The stock was “severely damaged,” […]

  • Twitch’s new process makes it easier for streamers to appeal flagged content

    Twitch has updated its appeals process concerning videos that have been flagged by the audio ID system. Towards the end of last year, Twitch introduced a new audio recognition system that scans archived streams and automatically mutes the audio whenever copyright music is identified. The system has been in-use ever since and Twitch has today […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a day one patch, but it’s not a major one

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will indeed have a day one patch, to make the first-time experience as smooth as possible. Like many modern games, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will have its day one patch. According to the developer however, it wasn’t born out of necessity. Miles Tost, level designer at developer CD Projekt […]

  • CoD: Advanced Warfare owners get free pistol today

    Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games is adding a new pistol to the game, free to all players. The M1 Irons is a new pistol that comes to Advanced Warfare starting today. The weapon is offered as a thank you gift from the developer. Sledgehammer says the Irons is good at range and packs a punch. […]

  • Fall down the Skullgirls Big Band music video rabbit hole with me

    Skullgirls is a pretty amazing fighting game, but did you know it’s also a passable music creation suite? Earlier today I was idly perusing an episode of PlayStation Underground showing off Skullgirls 2nd Encore, a re-release of the indie fighter packing in loads of new features and coming to PS4 – with full cross-play! – […]

  • The many uses of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood’s pipe weapon

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood adds a sick new weapon to BJ’s arsenal: a pipe. In Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a pipe is not just a pipe. Not only can you bash nazis with it, you can use it to climb walls, reach hatches, and even break through some walls. Plus? You can dual wield it. […]

  • Mortal Kombat X teaser gives first look at Predator

    Mortal Kombat X’s next celebrity guest was teased during the latest Kast. Today’s Mortal Kombat X Kast was mostly about all about Jason, but also included a very brief nod to Predator. You can watch the full livestream to see the tease in situ if you’re really keen, but IGN shared this convenient edit: There’s […]

  • Rock Band 4 has count-ins, drum fills and vocal harmonies

    Rock Band 4 will more closely emulate the feeling of being a real musician with some neat personalisation touches. For Rock Band 4, Harmonix elected to double down on player ownership of their experience rather than technical precision. To this end, it has implemented a number of cool new features. I am wildly envious of […]

  • Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, Lost Planet 3 developer shuttered

    Spark Unlimited has gone down with all hands. The Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z and Lost Planet 3 developer has been shuttered and all staff laid off. Chief technical officer John Butrovich confirmed the news in a statement issued to IGN. “Spark Unlimited is closing as a video game developer. The ongoing opportunities for smaller mobile […]

  • PS Now subscription available on PlayStation 3 this month, Vita coming soon

    PlayStation Now’s all you can eat service has finally been dated for PS3. Subscriptions to PS Now, Sony’s cloud-based gaming service, will be available on PS3 from May 12 in the US. The all you can eat package will also be made available on select Bravia TVs and Sony Blu-ray players on the same date. […]

  • GTA 5 is even better with a gravity gun

    GTA 5 modders have made a dream come true, adding a gravity gun to your arsenal of mayhem-causing weaponry. GTA 5 isn’t ready for this. It looks like a heck of a lot of fun, but the poor old Los Santos po po can’t deal with the resulting carnage at all. If Rockstar were ever […]

  • “Mod makers should be able to make money from their creations,” says DOOM creator

    DOOM co-creator John Romero has weighed in on the paid mods debate. Paid mods are a hot issue right now. For years, Valve has been enabling content creators to make money from their work on Counter-strike: Global offensive, Dota 2 and Team Fortress 2, but when it partnered with Bethesda to offer the same for […]

  • Watch WRC driver Kevin Abbring smash through a DIRT Rally challenge

    WRC driver Kevin Abbring has been participating in Dirt Rally’s daily events – and kicking ass. Dirt Rally seems to have ticked one of the most difficult to attain boxes of racing development – creating something professional drivers like to play, and which rewards their years of experience. Codemasters published the video below showing Hyundai […]

  • Mortal Kombat X patch to bring PC version up to console standard

    Mortal Kombat X PC will be fixed tomorrow, NetherRealm has promised. The PC version of Mortal Kombat X has come under fire for poor performance, including stuttering frame rate and bugs as plenty. About 45 minutes into a recent Twitch stream, NetherRealm boss Ed Boon said an update will drop tomorrow to address many of […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: all new Crucible maps detailed

    Destiny’s House of Wolves DLC will add four new maps to the Crucible, the game’s competitive multiplayer mode. Let’s take a look at all of them. Alex brings you new footage showing all of the four maps that will drop with House of Wolves. He goes over the layout, landmarks, gameplay styles, and other important […]

  • Custom Xbox One Star Wars controllers look very tempting

    Microsoft is celebrating May 4 by showing off concept designs for Star Wars-themed Xbox One controllers. May 4 is of course Star Wars Day and the controller concepts you’re about to see are just that, concepts. Or at least that’s what they said they are. There are four designs and they don’t look very practical. […]