Report: Xbox 360-branded ecstasy popping up in UK

Underground bulletin boards indicate illicit pills stamped with logo for Microsoft's next-gen console are making the rounds in British clubs.

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A selection of logo-stamped ecstasy pills.
Ever since it became popular in the early 1990s, ecstasy--the street name for Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)--has typically appeared in pill form. Often drug suppliers would stamp their pills with symbols, and sometimes even logos of corporations, to differentiate them from the competition. One of the more famous examples of logo-theft were the "Mitsubishis" that were popular among West Coast clubs during the mid and late 1990s.

Now, it appears the latest corporate brand that has been appropriated by drug dealers is one well known to gamers. A series of postings by club-goers on a forum uncovered by Kotaku reveal that "Xbox 360 pills" are making the rounds at underground events around the central British city of Northampton.

The quality--and precise chemical content--of the Xbox 360 pills was the subject of some heated debate on the forum. However, one entity that won't be joining the debate is the Xbox 360 brand's legitimate owner. "In regards to the ecstasy pills, we don't have any comment on this," said a Microsoft rep. "But we're obviously aware of the rumors."

Discussion

122 comments
snarple_basic
snarple_basic

Great way to advertise there system........... Now i know Bill Gates is the devil. =P

DanC1989
DanC1989

I bet Jack Thompson is reading this....

TorugotoShinsan
TorugotoShinsan

Well at least we now know that Microsoft were doing when they were creating Windows XP

thefjk
thefjk

They are here in the UK? Thats the first time somthing got released here first! LOL!

Maquis_UK
Maquis_UK

Price Drop? wasnt that a rumour denied by mocro$haft a week ago? Halo 3? you weren't thinking anytime soon i hope. oooh look FMV LMFAO

UrbanMessiah
UrbanMessiah

I've heard of market penatration with out of the box advertising schemes, but damn... -=x

Kuja_Leonheart
Kuja_Leonheart

Woot! Go Northampton! Thats where i live. Glad were good for something rather than leather selling ( even if it is bad...).

nev70
nev70

anamnawshad LAWL!!!!! Damn Crackheads......... WTF are you on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MDMA (methilene dioximeth AMphetameine) is not crack what drug education have you had ? P.S i've checked out the pic and i notice no doves very strange considering how many of them were churned out.

anamnawshad
anamnawshad

LAWL!!!!! Damn Crackheads......... :lol:

TacoJelly
TacoJelly

the nintendo themed ones were always good.... ahh high school.

boblighte
boblighte

Maybe MS is prepping a triple whammy: Halo3, 360 price drop, and these pills. PS3 killer! Seriously though, I wonder which GameSpot employee was clubbin' over in the UK and discovered these.

rokkuman09
rokkuman09

dude its only 50 points per pill!

exavior17
exavior17

Anyone notice there is also one with the Apple logo on it? Maybe that is what comes with every mac to give the fanboys their persona

juvinwo1
juvinwo1

i want some of those!!!!!!

Ponsardin
Ponsardin

Can I get X360 pills from the XTC Live Marketplace? :D No, I'm just kidding. :lol:

IceMage087
IceMage087

the pill is a new innovative way to play games. Take that Wii !

roareh
roareh

how many gamer points do i get for taking these? =D hahaha

PazUSA
PazUSA

beaudman Now Sony will come out with a pill, and say they thought of it first. CLASSIC!!!! LMAO

PelekotansDream
PelekotansDream

People are so silly at times. Why take that drug when it only wastes money and does harm.

mhder
mhder

Hey Peter Moore, is this pill backwards compatible - ie, does come in suppository form?

insinuendo
insinuendo

Hmmmm. That's not really that much of a story. In my day's of clubbing there wasn't a brand logo on Earth that hadn't had 15 minutes of fame on the face of a pill. I even remember once there were pills going around called "Ataris".

Alphabat
Alphabat

I feel enlightened after reading these interesting news!

rynmls
rynmls

do they export this stuff...

OmGitsEDV
OmGitsEDV

GR8! XBOX IS ESCALATING INTO EVERYTHING! GO MS!!!

robybaggio
robybaggio

Take a xbox 360 pill when playing xbox. Then you just stop playing at all.

djpookie2000
djpookie2000

I love to drop a good pill from time to time. Maybe it will make their games more fun.

joyer
joyer

mhder "Uh, how far will Peter Moore go? LOL" lol lol heaheaheahaeha

mhder
mhder

Uh, how far will Peter Moore go? LOL

juansoziah
juansoziah

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Maquis_UK
Maquis_UK

i had one of those. i couldnt get high until i paid an orrery fee and subscribed to XTCLive. rip-off.

SnuffDaddyNZ
SnuffDaddyNZ

The only drugs I've ever had were prescribed to me. I experienced an unacceptable side effect and decided to stop taking them. I probably should have consulted my doctor on the correct process to gradually go off the pills. Anyway, I experienced a pretty interesting side effect of just stopping the pills immediately whereby I got up from my computer and had this massive feeling that the house was tipping over. I had to brace myself against the wall to stop myself from collapsing, and on the way to the toilet I had to brace myself against the wall down the hall for the same reason. During the week after I stopped taking them I felt really really sick, headaches every day. After that first week I felt normal again. If your Doctor ever prescribes Aropax (also known as Paxil) I suggest you investigate the other options available. It does a good job for what it's designed for, but the side effect (which I won't mention) while taking them was unacceptable.

caesarbites
caesarbites

I think you meant that drugs are like your comment there, MrPuzzlez...

trovello
trovello

Playstation fanboys are just using this to stomp on microsoft and the xbox arent they. probably some guy in his basement making the logo on it for more money. pathetic ps3 controller--6 degrees of freedom xbox branded ecstasy--360 degrees of freedom (thanks to the few people who get this joke)

MrPuzzlez
MrPuzzlez

Drugs are like the 360, it's bad, "M'kay"?

caesarbites
caesarbites

One 360 pill: $30. Three Gallons of OJ: $15 Two days of Muscle Pain and Headaches: priceless

beaudman
beaudman

Now Sony will come out with a pill, and say they thought of it first.

neovalkyr
neovalkyr

You're not actually "under the influence" unless you're using ps3 stamped exstacy.

Scarabus
Scarabus

I read some of the post in the forum that spawned this "news". I had no idea people were this serious about drugs. I guess I'm blessed that way ;p

foodmonster
foodmonster

While this is great, its about one of the worst drugs on the planet because you never really know what you are getting. You know you are hitting mainstream culture when its incorporated into drugs. For most of the world drugs are mainstream culture.

MusashiFilms
MusashiFilms

Kinda hard to trash-talk on Live while grinding your teeth.

granalf
granalf

HAHAHAHAHA! Man, this just made my day!

XtremePhsyco
XtremePhsyco

HAHAHA video games are like drugs, they are addicting HAHAHA wait until hilary clinton and Jack Thompson find out about this. Jack Thompson: GTA taught kids how to make drugs and print cartoons of their videogames on their pills, GTA taught them that it made them play better.

sicone111
sicone111

Try playin Halo on some of that!!!

gdogg4210
gdogg4210

i wonder if sony will follow