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Console modders banned from Xbox Live

Thou shalt not unscrew thy Xbox 360

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You’d better watch out if you own a modified Xbox 360 and are a fan of Xbox Live - Microsoft has got its eye on you.

Major Nelson - aka Xbox Live’s Director of Programming, Larry Hryb - has posted a stern warning on his official blog stating that modification of an Xbox 360 – in order to play pirated games - is “a violation of the Xbox Live terms of use”.

He added that such actions will void your console’s warranty and see you booted off of Xbox Live, permanently.

But don’t make the mistake of thinking Nelson’s warning is an empty threat, because he claimed that Microsoft has already taken action against “a small percentage” of console modders.

“The health of the videogame business depends on customers paying for the genuine products and services,” he said. “We will continue to employ and bolster anti-piracy security measures to counter piracy... and improve security in the Xbox Live community.”

You have been warned.

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