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Bungie Banning Creators of Illicit Content in 'Halo 3'

bleahy
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Posted August 4, 2008 - By bleahy

The banhammer is gonna hit naughty Halo 3 gamers that are abusing their File Share and uploading content that is deemed "inappropriate non-game content" by Bungie.

Here's the word from Bungie:

"Users who have modified content on their File Share - regardless of who created said content - will be subjected to the full power of the Banhammer’s thrust. This includes some never-before-unleashed technology that will effectively terminate your Halo multiplayer experience online in every imaginable facet. In fact, the ban is so thorough that simply calling it the Banhammer is a complete understatement. I just couldn’t come up with a more hyper-exaggerated term that had the same feel. Banplatform? Banpocalpyse? Banmageddnon? None of those did the trick."

 Also, users that are downloading this bad content should be careful.

They go on to specify that if a user downloads bannable content and renames it in their own File Share, the system will consider that user the author of that content and will be subject to banning.

What are the consequences? If you love Halo, they are pretty harsh.

Authors of uploaded modified content received the following prizes:

  • The account is permanently banned from Matchmaking
  • Permanent loss of File Share functionality.
  • The Xbox hardware has been banned from Halo 3 for a month.

Uploading modified content to your File Share

By definition, this is downloading modified content and then putting it in your File Share for others to download. Users did not make any changes to the file, which would assume ownership of said file.

Tell them what they’ve won:

  • Permanent loss of File Share functionality.

So, be good with your Halo content. This also brings up an interesting debate about user-generated content. Should it be bannable? Online interactions, after all, are not rated by the ESRB and Halo 3 is an M-Rated game. What about EA's fight against "Sporn" in Spore? What will Sony have to deal with in LittleBigPlanet?

Be aware, not all of the content being uploaded has been created in Halo 3's Forge mode. Users have figured out how to hack their File Share to upload porn and other offensive content.

Bungie.net: Bungie Weekly Update: 8/01/08

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