I love the smell of a banhammer in the morning

It’s no secret that there’s been an increasing amount of cheating on Halo 2. Evidently when Bungie released the new downloadable maps they weren’t far enough ahead in the developer-vs-cracker arms race, and modded versions started showing up on XBox Live that let cheaters move at Mach 1, get sniper auto-headshot kills of anyone visible, etcetera. Fun for n00bs, annoying as hell for grumpy old gamers like me.

Over on http://bungie.net/ they’re promising great things for the forthcoming “auto-ban all crackers, cheaters, and modders” Halo 2 update, but in the meantime it’s good to see that the current manual reporting method works. Let’s take a quick look at what happened in the two games where I’ve seen (and reported) cheaters:

  • I had the misfortune to play with XxN1GTACULARxX in a team slayer game. Check out his game stats: 38 kills (including 32 headshots, 19 sniper kills, a kill frenzy and a couple of killtaculars) and only 2 deaths. Now if you look at his XBox Live stats you find… nothing. Oops, banned, seeya.
  • It’s even worse when there are two cheaters on the opposing team — for instance, MoB Zero and BILLIEJOE11. From the game stats you can see that BILLIEJOE11 wasn’t as effective a cheater as MoB Zero: only 15 kills (all headshots, of course), no killtaculars, and he died once. And now they’re both banned — thanks, banhammer!

Here’s how to report cheaters on Halo 2: email h2cheats@microsoft.com with this information. And then bookmark the stats page for your game, so that you can check up on it in a few days and see the punishment meted out to the offenders 🙂

The wheels of justice grind slowly, but they grind exceedingly fine…

Update: Bungie’s patch is out today (7/20/05), according to Major Nelson.

Comments (4)

  1. jon emerson says:

    i have been banned perminently for no reason what so ever, i have never modded, but i still got banned, my gamer tag is BILLYBOBJOE, i want it to be fixed you can go through everygame i have ever played, i have never modded.

  2. tyler says:

    i was also banned recently for no reason! i just started play 2 weeks ago and i got my ranking up to 20 and i have not cheated in any way shape or form nor do i have any idea how to cheat. i really hope someone can help me because i want to play again my gamertag is tnizz i think i was banned march 18

  3. Dayne says:

    Someone hacked into my account and modded so now I’m banned. I’ve had my account for two years and I’ve never cheated or anything. Can you please fix this and help me with this problem. I’m not a cheater and I don’t deserve to be perminately banned from matchmaking. My account is WhosMikeJones05.

  4. John says:

    I’ve been banned 7 times because someone or somepeople have hacked in to my account plase help my gamertag is Quwebob