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Microsoft’s laying the smackdown on leakers

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This week, a batch of Gears of War footage was leaked all over the internet, like the way Darryn leaks all over the inside of his pants when he reads erotic Batman fanfiction. Leaking stuff is very obviously going against the terms and conditions set out in the signed Non–Disclosure Agreements that accompany the opportunity to play very early code. Naturally, Microsoft is unhappy about the leaks. And they’re going to be punishing leakers.

In the initial report, Kotaku claimed – based on their sources – that Microsoft was temporarily bricking leakers’ consoles, using a remote killswitch. It would temporarily render their systems useless.

“This being said, as per that agreement with the testers in fault, Microsoft also permanently disabled their Xbox LIVE accounts (as well as other suspected accounts present on their Xbox One kits) and temporarily blocked all of their Xbox One privileges – meaning that for a period of time which Microsoft decides on depending on the severity of the offense, their Xbox One is entirely unusable.”

That is a scary as all hell thought. While the switch does exist, it’s not quite as nefarious, as Microsoft explained:

“To be clear, if a console is suspended from Xbox Live for a violation of the Terms of Use, it can still be used offline,” a representative told Gameinformer. “Microsoft enforcement action does not result in a console becoming unusable. Suspensions for both consoles and accounts are determined by looking at a number of factors.  To avoid enforcement action including suspension from the service, users should follow the Xbox Live Terms of Use and Code of Conduct.”

To sum: Don’t leak stuff. Microsoft may or may not possess the ability to turn your console in to a black lump of plastic and semiconductors. They’ll likely only nix your access to its online services though.

Last Updated: May 15, 2015

32 Comments

  1. Blood Emperor Trevor

    May 15, 2015 at 13:06

    Which, if you consider their initial plan was to be always-online, is still kinda worrying.

    Reply

    • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

      May 15, 2015 at 13:10

      Exactly, can you imagine suddenly getting suspended and when you phone and ask they go: “Oh, it seems you were leaking footage, sorry, have some anal lube, because that’s where you can stick your XBone…”

      Reply

      • Blood Emperor Trevor

        May 15, 2015 at 13:17

        I don’t have sympathy for the NDA-breakers, they shouldn’t have broken their agreement.

        But just imagine if you owned an always-online Xbone & your Live account gets suspended accidentally, you’re fucked until it gets reinstated.

        Reply

        • Brady miaau

          May 15, 2015 at 13:18

          yes. That. Break it and get screwed. That is how it works.

          Reply

          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            May 15, 2015 at 13:21

            Or else the terrorists win!

        • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

          May 15, 2015 at 13:23

          That was the kind of panic stricken moment I had with my social club account being stolen, now imagine that happens to an unsuspecting victim, I would lose it, the whole Xbone, I’ll just throw it away…

          Reply

    • Lord Chaos

      May 15, 2015 at 13:17

      I’m certain there has to be some consumer law making it illegal to fully brick the console.

      Reply

      • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

        May 15, 2015 at 13:26

        Depending on the NDA that you sign… If for instance they state that the equipment used has to be sponsored by MS, then naturally they can, if they have a contract that you’ve signed that states that whether it’s your own Xbone, well… It’s their NDA…

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        • Lord Chaos

          May 15, 2015 at 13:28

          I’ve seen cases (mostly rental agreements) where people signed, but the content was still considered illegal.

          But if they give you the console to test/whatever, then brick the fuckers.

          Reply

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            May 15, 2015 at 13:30

            Yep! Also remember that what you would be testing, whether on your own or on theirs, is their intellectual property, so they can if your equipment is used as a (show and tell) distribution platform….

  2. Admiral Chief

    May 15, 2015 at 13:09

    “like the way Darryn leaks all over the inside of his pants when he reads erotic Batman fanfiction”

    Right, so I’m done with the internet this week, see you all next week, I’m off to get this image out of my existence

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    • Brady miaau

      May 15, 2015 at 13:17

      adult nappies?

      My wife uses cloth nappies on our baby girl (17 months) and is of course on cloth nappy facebook groups. And they have to actively weed out the non-parents that have some sort of diaper fetish or something. Not often, but it happens.

      perhaps the or something is cloth nappies for poor sick granny or something, but they never say WHY they want adult cloth nappies.

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      • Lord Chaos

        May 15, 2015 at 13:18

        And… now I’m done

        Reply

        • Brady miaau

          May 15, 2015 at 13:19

          why? cloth nappies, for babies, are awesome. Save the environment, save money, that sort of thing. Cool patterns, for example.

          Star wars nappies

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          • Lord Chaos

            May 15, 2015 at 13:20

            I’m fine with that, my active imagination/visual just doesn’t deal well with diaper fetishists.

          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            May 15, 2015 at 13:21

            Speaking of, have you seen this? (refresh)

          • Lord Chaos

            May 15, 2015 at 13:22

            Don’t think I want to… Fine

            *Refreshes anyway

          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            May 15, 2015 at 13:23

            😀

          • Lord Chaos

            May 15, 2015 at 13:23

            I don’t see anything?

          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            May 15, 2015 at 13:25

            Of course not, I wasn’t going to go google diaper fetishists. I’d hate to think what you were mentally preparing yourself for was though. 😉

          • Lord Chaos

            May 15, 2015 at 13:26

            Wouldn’t have put it past you. 😛

            Mayhaps a Photoshop of D in his swim suit wearing a diaper?

            That’s it, I need to go bleach my brain

    • Hammersteyn

      May 15, 2015 at 13:20

      • Blood Emperor Trevor

        May 15, 2015 at 13:22

        50 Shades of Bat-nipples right there.

        Reply

    • Gr8_Balls_o_KFM_Fire

      May 15, 2015 at 13:39

      Yea that made me barf

      Reply

  3. Hammersteyn

    May 15, 2015 at 13:16

    Dat Switch O_o

    Reply

    • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

      May 15, 2015 at 13:37

      Ok, so the recommended video after watching this little 5 seconder, was https://youtu.be/RvV3nn_de2k

      I think that might make me look old…

      Reply

  4. Lord Chaos

    May 15, 2015 at 13:16

    I don’t think the word “erotic” was really needed…

    Reply

    • Blood Emperor Trevor

      May 15, 2015 at 13:20

      It’s not the word we need, but it’s the word we deserve.

      Reply

  5. Goal9

    May 15, 2015 at 13:23

    “To sum: Don’t leak stuff.”

    More like: Don’t buy a Microsoft console.

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    • Brady miaau

      May 15, 2015 at 13:58

      no, do not leak stuff. NDA’s are important.

      Reply

  6. Ghost In The Rift

    May 15, 2015 at 14:48

    Where is the letter telling us how unhappy they are?

    Reply

  7. Sovereign

    May 15, 2015 at 19:00

    Imagine if MS and Konami teamed up. They could get rid of video games entirely.

    Reply

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