Bungie Punishes Halo: Reach Cheaters By Resetting Credits To Zero
When it comes to ruining online gaming, the only thing more annoying than homophobic 12 year olds are people who use cheapo tricks to game the system. Halo: Reach has had a particularly nasty such problem in the form of a glitch that allows members to earn a ton of credits (in-game currency for buying upgrades for your character, or editing in The Forge) way faster than would normally be possible (as described here).
It’s a giant pain in the donkey for honest users, and fortunately, Bungie is as annoyed by this nonsense as you are. On Friday they announced that exciting punishments have been distributed to the nearly 15,000 Reach multiplayers who employed this exploit:
“We are in the process of applying credit resets to approximately 15,000 users who we have identified as the most egregious Challenge Reset abusers.
A one day credit earning ban has also been applied, mostly to ensure that recipients receive an in-game notification of the action taken.
A more comprehensive pass will be occurring in the coming week as our automated Banhammer mechanisms grow accurate enough to satisfy our high bar for burden of proof. If you are thinking about getting an easy 50k credits by using this exploit, I would strongly advise you to reconsider.”
The upside for affected players is that Bungie is clearly taking a softer position on this kind of activity than, say, Blizzard. Which makes sense – these players didn’t do anything illegal, they simply exploited an existing error. Annoying and cheap? Yes. Life ending violation of Ts and Cs? No. Hopefully the glitch will be fixed soon and until then, perhaps the inconvenience will be sufficient deterrent.
Be warned though: it is still 100% guaranteed that someone on XBLA is going to accuse you of insufficient masculinity.
Stuck in your game? Now would be the perfect time to check out our comprehensive Halo: Reach walkthrough.