If you’re one of the guys who got Halo 4 early, do yourself a favor and don’t play it, especially when your console is online. Microsoft is bringing down the hammer on those who exploited Halo 4‘s leak, and they are bringing justice swiftly and loudly.

After uncovering complaints on Reddit from users who received a permanent ban notice, Eurogamer asked Microsoft for more information regarding the bans. Microsoft replied as such:

“We are aware of isolated cases in which Halo 4 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 Halo 4, is a violation of the Xbox Live Terms of Use and will result in enforcement action, such as account and console bans.”

Kudos to Microsoft for bringing the perma-bans so publicly. Piracy of both huge and independent releases is a problem that should be dealt with accordingly, and I’m glad karma is catching up to these guys.

However, the whole situation gives me chills as we just took one step closer for Big Brother Console Maker to always be watching you, ready to put you way whenever they see fit. Remember the days when you could just happily play your SNES without anybody monitoring you? Between questionable Blizzard bans, PlayStation Network hacks, and now this, those secure days are long gone. That’s the price we pay for such convenient inter-connectivity.

Luckily, I’m a retrogamer, so I have something to fall back on once they decide to just perma-ban everyone.

Here is the official notification from Microsoft.


[via Eurogamer]

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