Bungie Readies the Halo 3 Ban Hammer


Halo 3 cheaters: you know who you are. But so does Bungie, and they are not pleased. Last week, the company left an ominous warning on their message boards that they intended to do something about this select group of people. Now, apparently a Bungie employee has confirmed that the ban hammer is being polished up and will be ready to use soon. They just want to make absolutely sure that the people being banned are really cheating and not abusing game issues:

Network attacks, by and large. Hard to prevent, easy to detect, but we’ve had to wait and make sure there were no game issues that could be confused for abusive behavior.

Banning a false positive is worse than missing several legitmate bridgers, DDoS’ers, and their ilk. So our process has been pretty methodical so far.

If you’ve cheated in the past, they’re probably onto you already, so prepare to say goodbye to the Halo 3 multiplayer. That’s right, I’m talking to you, guy-who-killed-me-in-one-shot-with-an-assault-rifle-five-times-in-a-freakin’-row. Your days are numbered. Ahahahaha!

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36 Comments on Bungie Readies the Halo 3 Ban Hammer


On October 22, 2007 at 5:47 pm

wait so you can hack in Halo 3?


On October 22, 2007 at 6:00 pm

I have to admit, i also didnt think it was possible using a console.

I mean in the old days you had stuff like the action-replay codes etc, but none of that exists for 360 that i’m aware of.

Oh well, the cheaters will soon be gone (altho cant admit coming across any)


On October 22, 2007 at 6:07 pm

wat are they doing… how are they cheating.. and dont ban people its really pointless and mean… cause it just makes people not wanna buy the game because they might be afraid of being banned.


On October 22, 2007 at 6:18 pm

They dont have to be afraid to buy it if their not gonna mod…the only people who mod are the ones who cant win an actual game even if they tried.


On October 22, 2007 at 6:18 pm

They dont have to be afraid to buy it if their not gonna mod…the only people who mod are the ones who cant win an actual game even if they tried..


On October 22, 2007 at 6:19 pm

woops lol i didnt mean to do that twice.


On October 22, 2007 at 6:20 pm

On the subject of Halo I still cant understand how it got so many 10/10 reviews and I’ll explain why.

If it were only sold as an online game like Warhawk then it surely deserves 10/10 but it isn’t, its sold as being a game with offline mode as well. If Warhawk had an offline mode which wasn’t very good its overall mark would obviously be lower. I think that games with both modes should have both modes scored serperately and an overall average given for the main score because at the end of the day there are sure to be some people who have bought Halo 3 and will never play it online. Do you think they are having a 10/10 experience? Do you think the offline mode is better than Bioshock? Of course not.

One of my favorite games is Battlefield 2 which imo is the best online game made and I would give its online play 10/10. On the other hand the offline mode is pretty poor and deserving of a 5/10 at best. Therefore an average rating of 7.5/10 would be a pretty accurate one imo. If Bioshock is a 9/10 game I would give the offline mode of Halo 3 6/10 or 7/10 tops which would give the game and average of 8/10 or 8.5/10. That would be a far more accurate appraisal of the complete package.


On October 22, 2007 at 6:24 pm

As I understand it, if you’re going to hack an online console game, you have to really work at it much more than a PC game. It’s not a matter of downloading a program for the game and just installing it. You have to get a cheat program and somehow implement it into your system which can sometimes involve actually cracking open the case and messing with the hardware. Basically, if you’re cheating on an Xbox Live game, it’s not an accident.


On October 22, 2007 at 6:25 pm

Norbit i’ll give you 15 million dollars to say you like halo…. oh yea wait im not microsoft… i cant wait for bioshock 2 and its multiplayer :D


On October 22, 2007 at 6:29 pm

“Norbit i’ll give you 15 million dollars to say you like halo…. oh yea wait im not microsoft… i cant wait for bioshock 2 and its multiplayer”

Eh? I said I thought it deserved between 8/10 and 8.5/10 which is more than Battlefield 2 which is one of my favourite games. How the hell can you think I’m attacking Halo or anti Halo when I said that? :roll:

Anton P. Nym

On October 22, 2007 at 6:45 pm

The cheating being discussed is mostly network exploits… not messing with your console or game files, but messing with your (or your opponents’) Internet connection. There’s nothing I can think of that a game designer can do within the game itself to prevent someone from filtering another guy’s bandwidth; but it can be detected by outside devices and then punished. Harshly.

For those concerned that banning cheaters will limit sales, well, the past has shown the opposite; when cheating is unchecked, sales go DOWN because honest players don’t want to get matched up with jerks. Kicking out the jerks means more sales to customers who DON’T drive away other customers.

I, for one, welcome our new Banhammer overlords.

— Steve


On October 22, 2007 at 7:18 pm

i didn’t, i was poking fun at microsoft, they have so much money they can buy reviewers off.


On October 22, 2007 at 9:27 pm

modding is great and fun,but i don’t use it for cheating only for fun,
“people who use mods to cheat are people that suck so bad cant win there self”
anyways i don’t mod on live, even if i did have. :cry:


On October 22, 2007 at 9:51 pm

LoL @ Norbit, no one cares about your anti-halo reviews, plz go back to your xtremepcgamez0rz forums kthxbai lulz


On October 22, 2007 at 10:10 pm

The problem with online games is that for the first time in history, a forum exists where the natural process of segregating groups of playing people, based upon their age and maturity level, no longer applies.

Online and anonymously, 25 year-olds and 5 year-olds are suddenly equals, and playing the same game, together, when normally in the ‘real world’ they would not even look at each other.

Now initially you might assume that the 25 year-old would naturally try to harass the 5 year-old online, very rarely this is the case. Have you spent any time around children? Do you know how annoying a 5 year-old can be? Have you seen the extreme lengths they will go to in order to get attention, any kind of attention even if its negative, and the ways they intentionally annoy the people around them? The 25 year old just came home from work and wants to log in and play a game, meanwhile some 5 year old whos been playing the game all day is so bored of it he takes instead to harassing and downright cheating against other players to get his jollies. Think about it, think about kids, and realize that its exactly the kind of behaviour you will often end up with when you give someone with very little maturity the power of a game pc, internet connection, and complete anonymity

And where do you think this completely immature cheating is coming from? Well I can tell you, its not the 25 year-olds, who often have no idea how, its the 5 year-olds, who grew up ON these games and with this technology and are more than smart enough, and have the time, to think up all sorts of ways to cheat.

Thats the bottom line, cheating is so rampant in online gaming because most of the gamers online dont even meet the minimum age requirement, yet they are not only more skilled at playing but they also grew up on this technology and can find backdoors and tricks faster than anyone who was born in the 80s, generally speaking. Yes, there are very few 5 year olds playing, but you’d be surprised how many of them are not older than 11.

If you enjoy having your ass kicked by someone who Normally, you wouldent even talk to, have fun! I for one prefer to not spend my time in vain trying to succeed in an artifical world where immaturity is a major advantage and you’re competing against players who have no jobs and all day to practise beating your ass, often under false pretenses.


On October 23, 2007 at 1:41 am

I Welcome the Ban Hammers, and the bottom line is dont cheat and you wont have anything to worry about. Constantly going into a game and getting killed a million times in a row does nothing but make your rep go down….and down…and down….and wat for? so some guy can get his nightly jolly from wacking a 20 kill in a row fest. That ruins it for me, beat me by your skill not by your hardrive and knowledge.


On October 23, 2007 at 5:20 am

@ Bobsaget4life. Please explain to me how my giving Halo3 8/10 or 8.5/10 is an ‘anti Halo review’. Please explain because I cant understand how you could come to that conclusion. I gave Halo a higher score than my favourite online game so what kind of retard are you that you consider that to be ‘anti Halo’? Did you even read what I wrote before attacking it or is the fact that someone points out that Halo isn’t actually perfect offend you somehow? Halo 3 does not deserve 10/10 if you think it does then consider this:

If you own Halo 3 but you don’t have Xbox Live (and most 360 owners don’t) you are not playing a 10/10 game.


On October 23, 2007 at 7:08 am

A rating is merely a rating. It wont affect your life that badly. If you think the rating aint accurate, find ANOTHER BLOODY RATING! you dont have to take someones rating like its the only rating that mattered. After all, NOTHING is ever perfect. So bobsaget, keep your wanker ways to yourself and stop being such a 12 year old fanboy.


On October 23, 2007 at 9:01 am

Yeah…rating…because this article was written around the rating of Halo3

Shut up, everyone.

Go back to the damn subject which is the hammer of justice being dropped on cheaters. All hail the hammer! All hail fair play! Now we have to deal with kids who have nothing better to do then game 8 hours a day then own us because we’re more casual. That needs a patch or something….education system and..stuff….


On October 23, 2007 at 9:38 am

Cheating is already out of control on Halo 3, but I wonder if Bungie will really be dropping the banhammer on enough people to make a difference. We heard all this talk with Halo 2 up until the end, and nothing real significant ever really happened. Cheating was never really reduced enough to notice.

With each week, I notice more cheating going on with 3, so it’s good that they have noticed it. I just hope they are actually going to do something big about it instead of always talking about the banhammer.


On October 23, 2007 at 9:43 am

Seems like they should’ve banned from the start.


On October 23, 2007 at 11:32 am

LOL NORBIT he said bioshock had a better offline mode :lol: thats the worst opinion ive ever heard bioshock was so dumb and its called campain not offline game mode lol what a tool HALO 3 10′s across the bored :mrgreen:


On October 23, 2007 at 1:00 pm

Greg, if you want your opinion to matter, make it legible and clear. You’ll never be taken seriously if you spell “campaign” or “board” wrong. We ALL got what he meant when he said “offline game mode” except for you. He provided an opinion based on alot of reviews, you just spoke your opinion without backing anything up.

Nice smileys, douche.


On October 23, 2007 at 3:52 pm

The banhammer should also be swung at those who trash talk, ie the 5 year old kids who have nothing better to do but annoy the out of you. I’ve always found it amazing how different online video games are compared to real sports. When online, if you trash talk, and aren’t joking when you say *censored* you deserve to be thrown out of an online game for a month. In my opinion, there should be ways of putting all these people who do this together, and let them hash at each other, so that the normal, easy going guys, who just occasionally get slightly angry, can play together in harmony. But alas, it happens not like that, though I do wish it did.I suppose that’s why the complaint and rep system is there.

Anyways, I’ve yet to come across any cheaters (that I know of), and even in Halo, I only came across one once, but heard of people modding the game so that the sniper rifle turns into a machine gun, the SMG or Battle rifle shoot out an elite, etc. I’ve never come across these however, but hopefully, bungie will use the hammer effectively.


On October 23, 2007 at 4:01 pm

Only been on Live for a short time with H3, but I’m always for banning of cheaters. As for banning of trash talking, I certainly welcome that, however as a stop-gap measure, I’ve found the mute button to be a definite friend.


On October 24, 2007 at 1:33 pm

@ peter

god were do i start with this douchebag :lol: first of all im taken seriously because what is said was fact and his comment was opinion. second u are a total ing moron you tried to make fun of me for my spelling when all i did was miss the g because i typed to fast. but were you made yourself look like the douchebag you are was pointing out that i spelled bored wrong u in retard BOARD is like a chalk board when your BORED it means you have been in your mom to long. as you can see there is more then one meaning and spelling for the word.


On October 24, 2007 at 1:35 pm


PS. :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :neutral: :twisted: :arrow: :shock: :smile: :cool: :evil: :grin: :lol:


On October 25, 2007 at 6:31 pm

Well, here is a mighty fine example of the trash talking I’ve been talking about. Now, in this other Peter fellow, he basically gave you constructive critism. Mind you, he didn’t need to call you a douche, but you could have said “you know what, maybe I’ll think about what he said, minus the douche part, and act more sensible, and not start a stupid little war”.

Before you open your mouth and look like an idiot like you have now, think of something logical to say back, that is, if you want to start a fight. If not, ignore it, and continue with the way you type or talk.


On November 4, 2007 at 11:06 pm

lol greg u fking loser get a lifehttp://news.filefront.com/wp-includes/images/smilies/icon_twisted.gifhttp://news.filefront.com/wp-includes/images/smilies/icon_twisted.gifhttp://news.filefront.com/wp-includes/images/smilies/icon_twisted.gifhttp://news.filefront.com/wp-includes/images/smilies/icon_twisted.gifhttp://news.filefront.com/wp-includes/images/smilies/icon_eek.gifhttp://news.filefront.com/wp-includes/images/smilies/icon_smile.gif


On January 9, 2008 at 1:28 am

Let me start off by saying, Greg’s a docuhe. And yeah, the cheating on halo 3 is pretty sad. On team doubles if you happen to play on the pit, you sometimes respawn in a room that is impossible to get to because its so high, so if the team with the lead happens to respawn up there, they’ll crouch and camp in the corners. Pathetic. People also learn how to throw grenades then launch themselves out of sight on Guardian. AND…bioshock’s offline mode “or ‘campain’ as kids on the short bus call it” is godly. Halo 3′s offline, not so much.

AdEpT xNiNjA

On January 13, 2008 at 9:52 am

i was in a game and a kid on the other teams name was Captain Hack and my teamates quit because they couldn’t respawn and i sniped him in the FACE 3 TIMES AND HE DIDNT DIE AND HE T-BAGGED MY BODY


On January 31, 2008 at 10:17 pm

ok, i got banned for halo 3 matchmaking for doing the perfer language glitch so i could play with my buddy in lone wolves. WTF is that since when is the cheating and bungie nor xbox live and give me a reason for being banned. one xbl employee asked me if i was “sandbagging people or talking trash” hell ya i was cuz thats how you play halo
bungie and xbox live there all haters


On June 25, 2009 at 3:14 am

all cheaters will and should be banned and f them if they dont like it they f ing deserve it. justice is a word in the dictionary and you should look it up. legitimate players will not get banned so why do you care? cheater.


On June 25, 2009 at 3:23 am

the manufacture of mods should be banned. anyone who cheats will pay. i like it. im sick of losing to talentless kids with modded system/controllers, and boosting their “ping”, and all of that other cheating stuff. ill never ever ever cheat at a game. ever. otherwise how do you have any pride in winning. wtf is the world coming to when cheaters ruin your good time on one of the most technologically advanced forms of entertainment? wtf ? didnt people who cheated at poker in the wild west get banned from saloons. oh yeah they just killed your ass. good thing this is modern times. but if its needed bungie, i offer my services as executioner to all proven cheaters. i will kill them all for you for free. i hate them and they ruin my games and make me mad and sad and frustrated and pissed i ever bought halo and got into it at all. f halo. im going to play all bethesda one player games until micro soft in the head fixes this cheating bs


On January 25, 2010 at 5:50 pm

well dont hate them hate ass hole who did it


On July 10, 2011 at 12:50 am

Cheaters are damned bad, but it makes GREAT Machinima.