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?