Xbox 360 cheaters beware: Microsoft is on to you and it’s not taking any prisoners in its fight against Gamerscore meddlers. In a recent podcast, Xbox Live Policy and Enforcement Officer (sounds unnervingly 1984-esque, doesn’t it?) Stephen Toulouse revealed that along with resetting offender’s Gamerscores to zero, it’ll be branding their Gamercards with a big bright Scarlet Letter.
We don’t know what the Dread Scarlet Letter is. C for ‘cheater’ would be a good guess, we suppose. Maybe M for ‘miscreant’ or S for ‘Shame, oh the horrible shame’.
The cheating scandal came to light after an upsurge in Gamerpoints ‘glitching’ following the recent Gears of War 2 update. Players were found touting the ‘Level 100’ Achievement far quicker than anyone could have reasonably managed it legitimately. Apparently they were able to swindle it out through a “combination of profile resigning” which can confuse the console into handing out Achievements. It would be best not to try it out.
Once you’ve been branded a no-good two-bit lying spawn-camping exploit fiend (not the official term), your bright red badge of dishonour will be visible on Xbox.com and on your Xbox 360 Gamercard. Also, everyone will delete you as a friend on Facebook and unfollow you on Twitter. You’ll still be able to play your Xbox 360 and earn new Achievements as before, but it will leave a bitter, hollow feeling inside of you.