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Gamerscore Hacking Going Public

Spyware Guide Blog has posted a feature on the underground practice of artificially boosting Gamerscores.

One reason for this is that the programs that actually work cost a lot of money – there’s one program that can go for anything from $150 to $200 in the right circles.

However, that’s all changed in the last month or so as one of the most well known programs (that apparently sells for around $50) has been cracked and made available to all and sundry, for free. It’s no coincidence that Youtube is suddenly awash with videos offering Gamerscore tampering services and that EBay sellers are popping up with auctions like these.

The article continues to do discuss how accounts using hacked Gamerscores inevitably get banhammered, especially for online achievements being unlocked while offline.

The funniest part of the story is how the author states Microsoft should get rid of Gamerscores – even though he just mentioned how these accounts get caught anyway. Sorry, I love unlocking Achievements, and it would be profoundly silly for Microsoft to remove them when it’s a good carrot for players to try games they normally would not, as well as be in-game missions or even just funny jokes (see: “That’s For Blasphemy” Achievement in LEGO Indiana Jones.) Why remove them when fake Gamerscores get busted 100% of the time?

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    1. Sub_wrath Says:

      “The funniest part of the story is how the author states Microsoft should get rid of Gamerscores – even though he just mentioned how these accounts get caught anyway. Sorry, I love unlocking Achievements, and it would be profoundly silly for Microsoft to remove them”

      …he didn’t say to remove achievements, just the gamerscore. and regardless of cheaters getting caught (and not all do, especially if they know how to stagger the fake unlocks along with a few other tricks), all a high gamerscore does is make you a target for scumbags because it fairly screams “LOOK HERE LOTS OF TIME INVESTED IN THIS ACCOUNT!”

    2. Jonah Falcon Says:

      Now that’s patently absurd. Why not say, “Remove leaderboards”, too?

      The high gamerscore is attractive for a reason, and a reason people want to hack it to get a big score. Remove the Gamerscore and all you have is the lame PS3 Trophy system.

    3. Sub_wrath Says:

      “Now that’s patently absurd. Why not say, “Remove leaderboards”, too?”

      The point is, people go for this low hanging fruit because its so easy to find people with high scores that translate into “this account has lots of stuff on it”. like the piece said, go to xbox forums, gamercard sites, whatever. boom, ton of targets. It would cut out at least SOME of the asshattery if those same people were denied being handed someones gamerscore on a plate.

      And as leaderboards don’t show you (as far as i’m aware anyway) someones gamerscore, who in their right mind would start wading through piles of leaderboard scores to eventually get to a scoreless profile, THEN start wading through lots of indvidivual achievements in the clunky xbox interface to see if the account is worth going after or not?

      “The high gamerscore is attractive for a reason, and a reason people want to hack it to get a big score.”

      …so remove the worthless score and leave the achievements. you can still feel good about carrying the gnome to the rocket in half life 2 without having a score saying HACK ME made public at every opportunity. it doesn’t make sense that you admit it makes you a target, yet you say to keep it anyway.

      “Remove the Gamerscore and all you have is the lame PS3 Trophy system.”

      I don’t have a PS3, but I think that’s a little OTT. At least with PS3 trophies, the different coloured trophies you get are based on the difficulty of the challenge given.

      On xbox, i can run out and buy 6 games like Avatar and a bunch of other stupidly easy achievement titles and end up with 6000 points on my gamercard with minimal effort.

      the theoretical 6,000 gamerscore is the same as someone who crunched through CoD4 on vet, gears on top difficulty and halo 3 on legendary with a few other hard games thrown in yet the effort taken to get the score is totally different. that alone makes gamerscore pointless in my eyes.

    4. Jonah Falcon Says:

      It’s not a worthless score any more than a high score is worthless. It’s gamer cred.

      No one cares if gamerscore is pointless in YOUR eyes. There’s ample evidence that gamerscore is extremely important in people’s eyes. The debates, complaints, bragging, and so forth.

      If I were given two versions of a game, say a PC version and the 360 version, the fact I can earn achievements and gamerscore on the 360 version makes me want the 360 version. I’ll tolerate mediocre or bad games when I rent them because it’ll get me points.

      I bought the PC version of Fallout 3 because IT had acheivements.

      There will always be predators in the online space – gamerscore doesn’t affect that.

      FURTHERMORE, I don’t know if you’ve seen this, but you can put your gamerscore as private so no one can see it.

    5. Sub_wrath Says:

      “There’s ample evidence that gamerscore is extremely important in people’s eyes. The debates, complaints, bragging, and so forth.”

      bragging about a score that can be boosted with easy as pie achievements such as avatar et al, giving you the same (or higher) total than someone who completed a pile of games at top difficulty does indeed seem pointless.

      It might still be important to someone, but that doesn’t mean it’s used for anything other than kids arguing over who has the highest score.

      “There will always be predators in the online space – gamerscore doesn’t affect that.”

      well, it does because there’s a whole bunch of people specifically targeting peoples xbox live accounts purely because of a number that gives you nothing other than supposed “bragging rights” over people for five minutes of fame. that number is causing THOSE predators to come sniffing around your account. the ease with which those scores can be manipulated means that microsoft will likely never give any sort of reward for the points you have (be it XBLA points or tradeoffs for avatar items etc). so that’s a dead end too.

      “FURTHERMORE, I don’t know if you’ve seen this, but you can put your gamerscore as private so no one can see it.”

      yes, i have mine hidden by default along with everything else. except that for regular joe punter the option is buried away in the hopelessly clunky forum options. and i’ve lost count of the number of people who popped up on xbox forums with that info hidden, only to be railed on because they had “something to hide” and “couldn’t be a legit profile”.

      but the idiocy of the xbox forums promoting a “show us everything or we don’t like you” attitude coupled with their insane deletion of warnings about security issues by trigger happy mods is a whole different story.

    6. Bryon Says:

      I love getting achievements. They are fun to compare with friends, and they motivate me to do some things that I’d otherwise not do, or to even complete a game that I would have stopped playing prior to achievements.

      I look at gamerscore somewhat similarly — it’s cool to compare and occasionally sparks up a competition between myself & a friend, but overall I don’t give it much thought.

    7. Jason Andrews Says:

      The Profile Editor has been out for almost a year now with a person under the name of cyrax who has managed to crack the pay version and turn it into a free version.

      Some people have now manage to decrypt certain info in the gamerprofile to allow them to change their Gamertag, then there’s people who can now change the colour of their avatars skin, eyes, hair to any colour they choose…

      The next thing to get leaked will be the MW2 achievements as soon as they go live on the Xbox360 servers

    8. adidas Says:

      one of my friends has a hacked gamerscore he plays on live all the time it hasnt been reset he has had it hacked for about 3 or 4 months so haha oh by the way its around 84000 lol

    9. Mikey Says:

      Oh but he will. You can bet on that.
      And 84k is something to brag about… hacked?

      That’s funny, I have legit 86k.

    10. Mike Says:

      “The next thing to get leaked will be the MW2 achievements as soon as they go live on the Xbox360 servers”

      huh? What “leaked” means? Do you know that it is MS who sends the Achievements to trusted sites like x360a?

      And it’s funny that everybody knows somebody that cracked something somewhere.

      And tbh, having a GamerCard hacked to have 84k is a bit lame, as I have 86k legit.

    11. Mike Says:

      And Sub’s arguments are a bit silly, really. So a high-gamerscore makes you a target, therefor they should go away, is like a poor man saying “money makes you a target, let’s ban it”.

      Anyway, usually, ppl who are more vocal against the system are, wich is rather funny, ppl who “don’t care” about it.

      Then again saying that PS3 system is better because it rates the diffculty… let me take a minute to laugh out loud [...], there, so you’re saying that any Gold “Trophy” I do unlock is “harder” than any “Silver”, every developer have a meeting and set this stuff up. Come on… A centralized system can never, ever be a way to measure skill, only “dedication”. And MS system got that, Achievements do not measure “leetness”.

      Last (and least, I guess…) don’t like it, ignore it. Isn’t that simple?

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