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Modded consoles get Destiny’s ban hammer

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I’ve always been too afraid to modify my tech. I’m sure it’s perfectly safe or awesome, but I’m just one of those people who doesn’t touch anything that could void a warrantee. Besides, if I wanted to modify my tech, why would I buy a console? Bungie seems to have the same feeling as they were swinging the ban hammer this week.

Over on the Bungie weekly update, it was explained why some of your friends might have disappeared from the game. The ban hammer was swinging and justice is swift and final. Why were people getting kicked?

We routinely review Banhammer actions to ensure that they are applied accurately and fairly. A review of the bans applied over the last week shows that all of the affected accounts had logged into Destiny on a modified console at some point.

The post goes on to advice people to use the boxes their favorite retailers gave them.

It’s unclear how many people were banned, and interesting to see that it’s anyone who ever played on a modded console. I hope you never tried to jam the game at a friend’s house on their dodgy console, you might also fall victim to the ban hammer.

You know, I have never been banned from a game. With the exception of getting locked out of my battle.net account for silly reasons, I’ve always just played games, behaved like a normal and decent person and lived my life. I know plenty of games have banned people for no apparent reason, but I’ve never even fallen victim to that. Have any of you been banned from games, or bars? What did you do to deserve it?

Last Updated: December 15, 2014

79 Comments

  1. Admiral Chief BellatorMachina

    December 15, 2014 at 14:07

    Never been banned, I’m a good boy

    Reply

    • Captain JJ glitterati fantasti

      December 15, 2014 at 14:29

      Want a treat now? ;P

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief BellatorMachina

        December 15, 2014 at 14:30

        Want a spoiler now?

        Reply

        • Captain JJ glitterati fantasti

          December 15, 2014 at 14:32

          Want an apology now? ;P

          Reply

          • Raptor Rants A Lot

            December 15, 2014 at 14:46

            *spoilers*
            Mufasa dies

          • SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad

            December 15, 2014 at 14:48

            *spoilers*
            Not all the Stormtroopers make it home from the Deathstar

          • Raptor Rants A Lot

            December 15, 2014 at 14:50

            *spoilers*
            Not all Stormtroopers are clones!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            December 15, 2014 at 14:50

            One is apparently quite short!

          • Admiral Chief BellatorMachina

            December 15, 2014 at 14:53

            LOOOOOOL

          • SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad

            December 15, 2014 at 15:00

            *spoilers*
            Not all Stormtroopers are Stormtroopers!

          • Captain JJ glitterati fantasti

            December 15, 2014 at 15:04

            *spoilers*
            Stormtroopers also fight in places where storms have never occurred.

          • SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad

            December 15, 2014 at 15:13

            *spoilers*
            Sandtroopers can be found on Tatooine

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            December 15, 2014 at 15:17

            *spoiler*
            Super Trouper is in fact a song by Abba, and not a type of Star Wars Trooper.

          • Quo Vadis?

            December 15, 2014 at 14:48

            *gasp*

          • Admiral Chief BellatorMachina

            December 15, 2014 at 14:53

            XD

          • Captain JJ glitterati fantasti

            December 15, 2014 at 15:04

            O_O
            Hehe

          • Admiral Chief BellatorMachina

            December 15, 2014 at 15:04

            You want some more?

          • Captain JJ glitterati fantasti

            December 15, 2014 at 15:05

            *runs away screaming

          • Admiral Chief BellatorMachina

            December 15, 2014 at 14:53

            SPOILER
            The final fight is on the Death Star…

  2. Alien Emperor Trevor

    December 15, 2014 at 14:15

    I’ve never been banned from a game or a bar, because I’m a decent gamer & a happy drunk.

    Reply

    • Admiral Chief BellatorMachina

      December 15, 2014 at 14:20

      And by decent you mean well mannered, not decent as in good?

      Reply

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        December 15, 2014 at 14:22

        Of course. I’d look like an idiot if I was swearing my ass off while trying to kill you & failing miserably. O_o

        Reply

        • Admiral Chief BellatorMachina

          December 15, 2014 at 14:23

          Man, good times that. So when are we playing L4D2 again?

          Reply

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            December 15, 2014 at 14:24

            I was just looking at that yesterday & thinking if I should uninstall or not. I didn’t.

          • Admiral Chief BellatorMachina

            December 15, 2014 at 14:30

            I’m getting my new components today, so will have to reinstall tonight (was due anyway)

            So will have all mah gamz reddy end of the week.

            When are you going on leave?

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            December 15, 2014 at 14:32

            24th only.

          • Admiral Chief BellatorMachina

            December 15, 2014 at 14:52

            This weekend, we must play!

            MUST test ALL games on the new hardware!

          • Spaffy

            December 15, 2014 at 14:58

            What is the new hardware? Have you finally left that old Socket 7 behind and got yourself a 478?

          • Admiral Chief BellatorMachina

            December 15, 2014 at 15:01

            LOL, no.

            FX8320, asus mobo and finally ddr3 1866 ramzors (8gb)

          • Spaffy

            December 15, 2014 at 15:05

            Ah, some 8-core goodness. And what AMD GPU completes this compilation?

          • Admiral Chief BellatorMachina

            December 15, 2014 at 22:55

            7870 OC, currently running!

            BUILT LIKE A BAWS!!!

          • Captain JJ glitterati fantasti

            December 15, 2014 at 14:31

            Mine stays on for the odd moment when someone asks me to play some L4D

          • Captain JJ glitterati fantasti

            December 15, 2014 at 14:30

            Yesss

        • Captain JJ glitterati fantasti

          December 15, 2014 at 14:30

          I think if my mic was on during certain moments of gaming I may have been banned ๐Ÿ˜‰

          Reply

  3. Quo Vadis?

    December 15, 2014 at 14:20

    Been banned plenty. Team kills etc. If it moves, IT DIES! :/

    Reply

    • Admiral Chief BellatorMachina

      December 15, 2014 at 14:23

      [makes mental note of team choice preference]

      Reply

      • Quo Vadis?

        December 15, 2014 at 14:31

        [makes mental note that you are taking mental notes]

        Reply

        • Captain JJ glitterati fantasti

          December 15, 2014 at 14:32

          [tries to find notepad between mess inside head]

          Reply

          • Quo Vadis?

            December 15, 2014 at 14:36

            What? No iPad?

          • Captain JJ glitterati fantasti

            December 15, 2014 at 14:40

            I’d rather use a paper pad. ;P

          • SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad

            December 15, 2014 at 14:40

            Isn’t that an iPad app?

          • Captain JJ glitterati fantasti

            December 15, 2014 at 14:45

            All I know is iPads don’t burn as nicely as paper pads. But who would waste a paper pad like that? ;P

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            December 15, 2014 at 14:46

            Did you also try to start a braai with one?

          • Admiral Chief BellatorMachina

            December 15, 2014 at 14:52

            ONS GAAN NOU BRAAI

          • SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad

            December 15, 2014 at 15:18

            Can’t wait to try out this Hipster braai. Meat seasoned with only the best Hipster tears.

          • Quo Vadis?

            December 15, 2014 at 14:42

            old school… me too hahaha

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      December 15, 2014 at 14:23

      So now everyone knows, shoot him first.

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief BellatorMachina

        December 15, 2014 at 14:24

        [makes another mental note]

        Reply

      • Quo Vadis?

        December 15, 2014 at 14:33

        Ah, but you’ll never know who I am. Until I (accidentally of course) kill you. Then, log in from different PC, new username, cycle continues. Be afraid, be very, very, very afraid….

        Reply

  4. Raptor Rants A Lot

    December 15, 2014 at 14:20

    Never been banned. But then again I don’t play enough online multiplayer to have that ever happen

    Reply

  5. SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad

    December 15, 2014 at 14:26

    I understand being banned for cheating. Really – it’s for the good of the community to get rid of cheaters, hackers, et cetera. It really is horrible playing an online FPS and someone has an aimbot installed. Just not fun.

    But I’m not sure how I feel about being banned because my console is modded. I thought some people did this to get around region locking (for those who use consoles to play Blu-Ray or whatever)? Could you be banned because you had a chip installed by someone for this? And if so.. how is that reasonable? Is it illegal to do this? And also… don’t you own your console? Why can’t you change things on it?

    Maybe it’s because I own a PC (and haven’t picked up a console since the SEGA dreamcast I had as a kid) that this seems so strange to me.

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    • Admiral Chief BellatorMachina

      December 15, 2014 at 14:29

      Same here dude, on all your points.

      Reply

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      December 15, 2014 at 14:29

      Nope, you’re not allowed to modify the console. Any hardware mod like chipping is regarded as circumventing their DRM.

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief BellatorMachina

        December 15, 2014 at 14:31

        DON’T SUPPORT DRM!!!
        (am I doing it right?)

        Reply

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          December 15, 2014 at 14:31

          Is that something new? Never heard it before.

          Reply

        • Quo Vadis?

          December 15, 2014 at 14:36

          Ryan? That you? why no mention of Witcher 3 coming?

          Reply

          • SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad

            December 15, 2014 at 14:39

            You know. I don’t even think I’m going to get the Witcher 3. It’s probably going to fail so so hard..

            *looks around expectantly*

          • Quo Vadis?

            December 15, 2014 at 14:42

            Always love people buying day one releases, then bitching about it for weeks thereafter XD

          • Captain JJ glitterati fantasti

            December 15, 2014 at 14:46

            That was the give away = no “Witcher 3 is coming”

      • SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad

        December 15, 2014 at 14:34

        You’re not allowed to modify something you bought? Why not? Are you renting it? Are you going to return it? Will you go to jail if you do?

        What if you want to change the colour? Can you do that? I mean… what if you REALLY like red?

        Yeah I know. That’s ridiculous. But that’s how it seems to me. You’re circumventing their DRM? So what?! It friggin belongs to you. You’re not a pirate. You’re not stealing content. You’re changing the hardware YOU own. You want to watch DVD’s you rent from Mr Video but the [insert appropriate console here] you bought is from Mars. So you get a chipset that lets you do that because, well, you know, you want to be able to use the console you bought however you like. But then you get banned from Destiny because you changed the region from NOT-THIS-PLANET to RSA? O.O Mind. Blown.

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        • FSR

          December 15, 2014 at 14:53

          Changing the colour and flashing the hardware are different leagues. You enter into an EULA when you purchase a console.

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          • SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad

            December 15, 2014 at 15:07

            Very shady. You don’t enter into a EULA when you purchase the console. That is simply not true. They happily take your money at the till and you don’t sign anything (except the credit card slip that says you’re a heck of a lot poorer now). You enter into the EULA digitally when you first start the thing up (or go online or whatever). And even then, you don’t get to decline. ๐Ÿ˜›

            But yeah – let’s make them accept the EULA after they purchase their hardware. Even though EULAs are generally for software, not hardware. Thus I still don’t see how can’t add a chipset? Yeah – they’re unauthorised. And you certainly lose your warranty (of course). But it’s your hardware.

  6. Capt. Bob of the Blood Ravens

    December 15, 2014 at 14:27

    The Codex Astartes prohibits me from any action that would result in my banning.
    My console isn’t modded (so no worries there) and I don’t play PC games in such a way that I’d get banned. I’m there to enjoy my gaming not be an arsehole.

    Reply

    • SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad

      December 15, 2014 at 14:29

      Unfortunately for some people enjoying their gaming is directly tied to being “an arsehole”. ๐Ÿ™

      Reply

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        December 15, 2014 at 14:35

        Speaking of which, where’s yellOw humVee Gamer?

        Reply

        • SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad

          December 15, 2014 at 14:38

          I hear if you say that tag three times to a mirror at night on the 9th day of the 9th month every 9th moon cycle, then shall the bridge shake and the troll roll forth to eat your happiness.

          Reply

          • Admiral Chief BellatorMachina

            December 15, 2014 at 14:51

            As long as it is not 7…

    • Brady miaau

      December 16, 2014 at 20:42

      Hmmph, Codex Astartes you say. Interesting I should read that now, just spent part of the afternoon (while sick wife and baby slept, as we do on holiday, right?) playing a certain game, with some Blood Ravens. The first RTS one, still the most fun for me.

      Reply

    • cohen marlow

      December 26, 2014 at 16:29

      Oh, I modded everything that I own to turn into drop pods. I guess I took Steel Rain too far.

      Reply

  7. Captain JJ glitterati fantasti

    December 15, 2014 at 14:29

    Luckily never been banned.
    But I totally agree with you Zoe.
    Mod your pc, but I wouldn’t mess with a console.

    Reply

  8. ReaperOfSquirrels

    December 15, 2014 at 14:42

    Never been banned, and haven’t modded a console since the PS1, and vowed never again, and never have.

    Reply

    • Errol The Terrible

      December 15, 2014 at 14:53

      Vowed never to buy a console, never have…

      Reply

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      December 15, 2014 at 15:58

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      Reply

  9. Lardus-Resident Perve

    December 15, 2014 at 14:45

    This one time, and banned camp!
    http://i.imgur.com/qYjdHM2.jpg

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    • Skyblue

      December 16, 2014 at 10:14

      and this one time, in a sex shop, a mate and myself managed to get ourselves kicked out.

      Reply

  10. Matthew Holliday

    December 15, 2014 at 15:12

    whats their definition of modded?
    hardware or OS modded?
    or stuff like the ps4/xbone laptops?

    Reply

  11. bob

    December 15, 2014 at 16:07

    As usual Zoe’s articles are just clickbait.

    People were banned for cheating. Maybe try do some investigation into articles first instead of just copy and pasting 2 day old articles from Gamespot. Lazy Gamer indeed. http://www.gamespot.com/articles/bungie-bans-destiny-players-using-modded-consoles/1100-6424201/

    Reply

    • Brady miaau

      December 16, 2014 at 20:38

      Well, for those of us that do not read many sources of gaming news, I can attest that I appreciate an article like this.

      Reply

  12. Jonah Cash

    December 16, 2014 at 07:24

    I’ve been in some Crucible matches where something was definitely wrong!! Had a guy who got 43 kills and the closest to him had 16…. I finished a clip of my exotic shotgun in him at point blank and he just kept on going!! So yeah ban these idiots!!

    Reply

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