Early Halo: ODST Players Won't Be Banned (So Long As They Bought A Copy)

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Let's say, hypothetically speaking, you're French. And somehow, your local game store was selling copies of Halo: ODST weeks before it was meant to be out. Then Microsoft threatens action. You'd think "action" meant "XBL bans", right?

Gladly, that's not the case. Well, provided you bought the game, at any rate. Xbox Live Chief of Police Stephen Toulouse has issued a brief statement saying that while Microsoft are looking into how this whole mess took place, "we will not be banning legitimate customers from Xbox LIVE who play early".

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Glad we got that cleared up. Microsoft refused to clarify the situation with us yesterday, so it's nice to see that things have been sorted out.

So if you're French, speak English, are reading this and managed to get one of those copies...play away! You got lucky, hope you're enjoying it.

If, however, you're in possession of a copy not procured through innocent, legitimate means...well, you deserve what you get.

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Maybe this will stop all the rumors that Microsoft "bans people" who play retail copies before release.

It's such non-sense. The only people who get banned were people with non-legit discs, that failed the disc authentication.

If you're going to pirate a game, at least have the sense to wait and see if your copy of the game matches in CRC checks, before you attempt to play it.

But, the internet and common sense, are not always hand in hand.