Halo 3 Epsilon cheaters banned until 9999 AD

Microsoft is apparently making strong examples of anyone trying to sneak into the Halo 3 Epsilon test. The crackdown came to light when a 17-year-old Minnesotan who goes by the handle "Scar" posted a tale of woe on the forums of the Halo-focused modding site Se7ensins.com. His post was accompanied...

Microsoft is apparently making strong examples of anyone trying to sneak into the Halo 3 Epsilon test. The crackdown came to light when a 17-year-old Minnesotan who goes by the handle "Scar" posted a tale of woe on the forums of the Halo-focused modding site Se7ensins.com. His post was accompanied by a photo of his ban notice from Xbox Live, which expires on December 31, 9999 AD--some 7,447 years after the events in Halo are supposed to take place.

How did the eternal banhammer fall on Scar? "A friend said he got the Epsilon from a friend and offered me to glitch it onto my account with what you call the two-controller exploit," he told GameSpot. "I downloaded it from Marketplace and played it for maybe six hours or so all alone, in custom games and campaign. [Then] it would kick me offline every time i tried to play Epsilon. It wasn't until the next day when i signed on that I found out i got banned."

Despite being a self-described "achievement whore" with a GamerScore of over 61,000, Scar--who doesn't want his real name made public--has no plans to appeal his ban. "Other people i know that had this happen to them at the same time as me called support and had no luck," he rued. "I know of at least 10 others that downloaded it and got banned till 9999."

When asked for comment, reps for Microsoft said the company was not officially commenting on the 7,992-year bans. However, a source close to Bungie said the ban screen "looked legit," wryly adding, "Sorry, great, great, great, great grandkids."

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Hanzoadam
Hanzoadam

Ha I'd laugh so much if technology advanced or he got cryogenically frozen till then and if his account wasn't re-activated he could complain

OUTERxLIMITS
OUTERxLIMITS

@victorwang. read your your terms of service given to you from xbox. in other words no its not. and i think its only fair, if you cant wait too bad now your screwed.

Septagon7
Septagon7

Wow, an 8000 year ban... Humanity as we know it may be extinct by the year 9999.

final_brawl
final_brawl

And that's why i will never pirate anything!

gamerpipe
gamerpipe

M$ has sense of humor. and it is a very funny joke since Vista.

Cian23
Cian23

bahahaha that's awesome

KillerBill316
KillerBill316

Just switch over to PSN. The ban is shorter. Only 7991 years.

pengo93
pengo93

And the evil overlord Scar was banished from the XBL realm for thousands of years, awaiting the time from whence he shall return from his slumber...

Kulcan
Kulcan

Lmao I lol'd so hard xd banned for thousand of years lmao xd

cytheh
cytheh

does it ban the Ip of the home or the Id of 360 console? if it's the console, just buy a new one. if it's the home Ip... well, the guy is 17 years old, so i bet his living with his parent, in a few years, he'll move out. So much for the ban... hah!

Hotchip123
Hotchip123

why doesn't he just set his clock and date to that year. wouldn't that clear his whole ban up. or does the xbox calender not go up that high?

peetowser
peetowser

@egres122 : You think it's a possibility they ban IPs for thousands of years??? *Some dude moves in same house a hundred years later...* "WTF my XBox 9,835,267 won't connect???" Seriously, nah I don't think so :p

xtremeflem2day
xtremeflem2day

Hopefully the next gen of gaming will have came by then...

warrner11
warrner11

being hit by a "ban-hammer" held by the Juggernaut can not be fun. Got your Live privileges knocked 7 millennia into the future.

egres122
egres122

@im-a-roustabout What if they are also tracking the IP address his home uses to go online?

im-a-roustabout
im-a-roustabout

Buy a new 360 and use a pre paid credit card.....duh.

jmartin1016
jmartin1016

There are so many ways around a ban it silly.

penpusher
penpusher

@Mauricekuh cruel indeed.. .. .. but forgive me if I dont have any sympathy for the fool

Mauricekuh
Mauricekuh

not fair that those ppl used the final copy of halo 3 to play with, but a perm ban with an almost funny 7992 year ban is a lil cruel... i mean, for us that ban is funny, but those who have been banned with a thought like ''ahhh dont worry you will be unbanned... in 7992 years'' its not, a bit childish actually.

ScarlitSuccubus
ScarlitSuccubus

Ok well my nephew was banned with the same message, however, he did not do the cheat on Halo. We brought his account over to 360 and because I didnt go through and change the family settings it made it so that when he tried to use version 1 it said he was banned but he could still logon on the 360. apparently the default adult setting mean that version 1 games cant be play on the account and voice communication is not allowed. This is what I was told by the techs at microsoft. So if you have a kid account on 360 and its banning you from version 1 xbox and you didnt try the hack then maybe this will be the solution. Just offering some help to those who might need it. Not sure if this is actually the thing that is causeing it but thats what they told me. ill repost tomorrow/later tonight to let you all know

lilsasuke4
lilsasuke4

JUST GET A NEW XBOX FOR CHRIST SAKE

ArmedReaper
ArmedReaper

If the archeologists ever find a working 360, chances are they are his great^20 grandchildren, and wont be able to get online.

tjoeb123
tjoeb123

wonder what it'll be like in 9999 (we'll all be dead by then, so who cares)

andalore
andalore

Owned, thats what he gets, wort wort biatch

oSatano666
oSatano666

HAAAAAAAAA HHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA Hail asatan

proche16
proche16

rofl wow that sux but by that time jesus will have came and said DANNNG dude that sux

playstation_wii
playstation_wii

It was probably worth it! :P He must be so mad. He probably got a PS3 becuase he lost all of those points.

funnymario
funnymario

Ban Hammer. More like the Hammer of Dawn :lol:

FoccusedRhyme
FoccusedRhyme

lolollololoollololololololololololol (sorry its freakin funny).

Lee_Stricklin
Lee_Stricklin

OK does anyone here think that maybe 9999 AD is a little crazy? I mean I hate cheaters as much as everybody else but 9999 AD?

360Doug
360Doug

lol he must be annoyed like hell! should waited like every1 else

wakkydude
wakkydude

shouldn't they say Perma Baneed?

Scorch6679
Scorch6679

seriously...... seriously....... sometimes bungie can be evil :( sure he used epsilon but jeez 9999 AD

Cainmoney
Cainmoney

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xployt268
xployt268

C U on XBOX LIVE in year January 10000

littlegman
littlegman

wow, banned until New Year's Eve, 9999 AD, rofl. I think that should keep people from cheating on Halo 3...

andrius45
andrius45

he'll go to heaven for that but then he'll still have to wait to play it online.

elitesonico
elitesonico

Hahahah!!! Sorry Scar, but there's a good part: your grand grand grand grand grand grand grand grand greatson will be able to enjoy the halo experience.

ghsacidman
ghsacidman

Man... I'm tired of cheaters. If you weren't invited to the Epsilon test just wait LESS THAN 2 WEEKS for the game to actually come out. He lost a 67K gamerscore so he could play 2 weeks early? Thats so not worth it.

NoDice_386
NoDice_386

"DiscGuru101 "Scar has no plans to appeal his ban" -Yeah, he would rather just wait it out." LMFAO