Is your Xbox chipped?
So big news this week alongside the launch of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is the news that Microsoft have stopped the Xbox live online gaming service on between 600 thousand and one milion consoles Check the story from BBC News here.
Is that you? Or do you know someone with a chipped Xbox? Microsoft say the consoles still work but online play is disabled.
This is to try and stop the pirating that has plagued the music business and is starting to infiltrate games too. But leading voices representing gamers say that modding or chipping of the Xbox is done by a lot of people in order to protect the expensive games they have bought (average £40) which reside on fragile discs. If scratched thats your money down the drain. Gamers have complained that they should be allowed to copy games to a hard drive for back up purposes in a similar way to the new rules regarding the copying of music to mp3 players.
Is it just coincidence this happens as Call of Duty is released? Do you agree with Microsoft? Or should peeps be allowed to copy games they have already bought for safetys sake? Think twice before going to the computer fair for that dodgy add on! What do you think? Get involved, leave a comment.