Halo 3 players beware, Bungie is cracking down and lets hope you’re not affected by the boom. What do I mean by all this? Bungie has sent the world a message:
“There are those of you doing things you shouldn’t be in Halo 3. Some of you have gotten a little too famous for your own good. This ain’t a church and there is no redemption or salvation once you have been judged. Apologies are now officially too late to save you.”
The storm approaches.
Now where YOU stand in all of this may be a little confusing, so let me explain. Bungie, along with a lot of gamers (including myself), are tired of cheaters, glitchers and plain idiots messing with Halo’s matchmaking. So to deal with the horrendous nature of it all, Bungie has decided to ban these gamers for a fixed time limit, the highest I’ve seen so far has been 2 weeks.
When I heard this news I was as giddy as a school girl (sarcasm…maybe), that is UNTIL I heard the rest of the story. Not only are they banning you if you cheat, but they are also using their Xbox Live powers to ban some of the laggy users. This could mean bad news for us individuals who don’t have the best of internet providers. On more than one occasion have I been playing when I suddenly receive a lag spike and I start leaping all over the map. Luckily they won’t ban you on the spot for just one connection mishap, but they are monitoring us and if your connection isn’t in tip top shape then you could end playing alone just like the old days.
I suggest trying to have an open connection while playing, so just try to keep people off the computer or using the same connection as you play. If you’re using a wireless router, you should look into putting a lock on it so that no one else can use this connection, I also suggest that YOU DON’T STEAL OTHER PEOPLE’S CONNECTIONS *cough* boomer *cough*. I have this friend whose wireless isn’t working right now, so he is using his neighbours connection, and when his neighbours also use this connection, it can mean hell for whoever is playing with him.
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Editor’s Note: Both Call of Duty 4 and Gears of War have managed to maintain a reliable and generally robust online gaming community. Bungie has been doing nothing but making swiss-cheese-like games over the past few years with so many bugs and exploits that they often become unplayable properly online. I think that it is unacceptable for such a popular game to be put on the market, while still full of such hacking potential. I think that Bungie is acting too late on this matter, and should have focussed more on security during the development of the actual game. This is but one of the reasons that I dropped Halo 3 like a hot potato the day that Call of Duty 4 came out. I’m having a spectacular and proper gaming time, and I’m never looking back. (Probably not until the summer, when I’ll get really bored…)