Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The early bird gets the game

Okay, so I have two rants to give you today. They're both related, kind of like ugly half-siblings of each other so you're going to get them all in one package. Now who said America wasn't a melting pot any more?

Rant #1:

Gamerscore cheaters on new games.

Yes, I know people will do things to boost their gamerscore. You know, play in matches with friends only and doing things specifically just to get an achievement. I've done that occasionally. But only on the hard to get achievements because nobody plays the game (thanks Kralon for playing Spyglass Board games). The Bog map in Gears of War was the exception, but then again NOBODY likes playing that map.

What irks me is that people were getting 200 out of 200 gamerscore on Fable II Pub Games long before Fable II came out. How could they do that when one of the achievements in the Pub Games is to play as your character from Fable II? If you don't have Fable II there's no way you could get that achievement unless you cheated somehow. And even if you had the game you're still cheating because Fable II wasn't suppose to be until today. Which leads me to rant #2....

Rant #2:

People who get highly anticipated games long before they're available to the rest of us.

A couple of days ago I noticed one of the friends on my list was playing Fable II. When I saw him playing the game I got mad . . . and jealous. It's a big convoluted story that he knows someone who works in a game store and sells him a different game for $60 bucks but gives him the Fable II game instead. His inventory doesn't match up but his books will at the end of the month. To me that's cheating. And it should be illegal. If a game isn't suppose to be out until October 22nd there shouldn't be people out there playing it on October 21st or any earlier.

Then last night while playing Gears of War one of my friends said someone on his list was playing Gears of War 2. They were online looking for matches. Excuse me? Doesn't Gears 2 come out sometime in November? Last time I looked it was still October. And did he really think he'd find someone to play with this early? The rest of us just sit in growing excitement and anticipation until when the game is really suppose to come out while cheaters get the game early and get to play it? That is so not right.

Microsoft made a huge deal about banning anyone found playing Halo 3 prior to the release date. Everyone who got it early had to make sure they didn't log into Xbox Live until after the release date so nobody would know when they got the game. Of course that meant they couldn't play online multiplayer matches. Don't you just feel for those cheaters? I know Halo 3 was Microsoft's baby but don't you think they could do the same thing for Fable II and Gears of War II? Those are huge games for Microsoft. They might not be games Microsoft owns or developed themselves but I think they've done more for the system than the Halo series has. At least more good. If someone refers to a "trash-talking gaming idiot" must likely they say "trash-talking, Halo gaming idiot". I'm just saying.

So while the rest of us are abiding by the law and will wait (impatiently) until the official release date to pick up a game why can't those who cheat get some kind of punishment? How about a ban from Xbox Live for a week? I'd like to hear them say it wasn't their fault they opened up the game, stuck it in their Xbox 360 and started playing when they didn't know they weren't suppose to. Come on. Any gamer worth their salt is going to know the release date of games they're interested in. And any store who sells games early (legally or otherwise) should be fined.

The early bird might get the game, but I hope they get banned as well.


Anonymous said...

I love this Post! I could not say it better myself! I would be the first to hang them upside down and well......Go ahead and fill in the blank!


pengwenn said...

....using the chainsaw lancer from Gears of War and splitting them open from crotch to cranium?

Just a suggestion. *puts on an innocent face*

metallicorphan said...

LOL,Penny,have you had a look at the achievements of these people who have 200/200 for the Fable II pub games?

i have 200/200 and Fable 2 still isnt out here(friday)

i have 11 out of 12 achievements,the last achievemnt(transferring across your character stuff)..is the last achievement,and you get a massive 0 points for it,so in other words you already earn the 200 points from the 11 achievements and get nothing for the 12th achievement(i am still gonna do it though,even if you do get 0 points)

and like i said,i have to wait until friday,an american girl i am gonna be co-op-ing with has been on the game all day today,i am very jealous...and countless other friends on my buddy list have been playing it as well...i am just very glad i have saints row 2 to occupy me,or i would be going out of my head

dont feel to jealous of them though Penny,think of me...most people on your side of the wave have already played and finished Silent hill homecoming,right?,which i am very excited about....the game doesnt come out here until February!!!

as for GoW2,maybe the kid was lying or maybe the person playing was a developer of some sort or related(remember that kid who showed off his dads 360 before release and got his Pa fired?)

if these people have got the game early by some means,then yes i hope they get caught and banned and flogged in the town square as well,LOL

Kralon said...

You are welcome for the assist in Spyglass Board Games. Thank you for your assist in getting the achievement I needed. It is frustrating to get 11 wins that was needed in chess and not get the achievement for 10 wins. I don't have a problem with people boosting for their gamer score most of the time. The exception is the people who got permanently banned and had to start all over with a new gamer tag. These people shouldn't be allowed to get achievements in any of the games that they played with the banned gamer tag. As for people getting games early you are right on. With all of the things that Microsoft puts code in to protect themselves from piracy, they could add code that compares system dates to current xbox live dates and then the play dates of games to make sure that people aren't playing the games before their official release date. Then even if they weren't on-line their system would keep track of how many days they played and run a check the first time they connected to xbox live. If they do then a permanent ban of their gamer tag would be cool.

Kralon said...

You gave me the motivation to post this at http://forums.xbox.com/23512192/ShowPost.aspx. I hope they actually use this idea.