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Halo 4 will NOT be issuing special XBL bans for sexism

Last week, Halo 4 was at the center of a brouhaha with word that sexist behavior in Halo 4 online play would net the user a lifetime ban. While some folks applauded the measure, others asked why homophobic and racist activity wasn't due the...   read

 
 
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Online sexism in Halo 4 will earn you a lifetime ban

The Halo series has a reputation for hosting some, let's say, "spirited" language from its millions of players, as trash talk and associated slurs have become a big part of the experience. 343 Industries, however, isn't particularly fond of...   read

 
 
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Microsoft perma-banning early Halo 4 users from XBL

In a bid to crack down on nefarious pirates, Microsoft is issuing permanent Xbox Live bans to folk caught playing illegitimate copies of Halo 4 early.  "We are aware of isolated cases in which Halo 4 content has been propped on the web...   read

 
 
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A game about sex? BAN THIS SICK FILTH!

Steam has been banning fake games from its service, but it's also knocked back a legitimate -- if rather risque -- project. Seduce Me is an erotic strategy game "inspired by the lives of American socialites and celebrities." Ironically, the...   read

 
 
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3,000 Guild Wars 2 players banned for vendor exploit

ArenaNet has revealed that it banned 3,000 Guild Wars 2 players last night for knowingly exploiting a vendor error that saw them buying cheap gear and selling it on for economy-wrecking profit.  "The players we banned were certainly in...   read

 
 
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Blizzard gets serious, ready to ban Diablo III cheaters

Out of the blue, Blizzard decided to post a not-so-friendly reminder that Diablo III cheaters will be caught and banned, as the studio readies itself to purge the criminal element. That always-online requirement means they're watching you, ...   read

 
 
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Ruling by ITC judge says Xbox should see ban in US too

Last month, Administrative Judge David Shaw at the US International Trade Commission decided that Xbox had been in violation of four Motorola patents in relation to the H.264 video compression codec technology. He did not have a final rulin...   read

 
 
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What religions are allowed in Diablo III?

It seems that, in a world populated by very real angels and demons, association with religions revolving around such creatures is frowned upon in Diablo III's world of Sanctuary. When Jon Bloodspray alerted me on Twitter that no characters ...   read

 
 
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Banned Origin users can play their games offline

It was more than a little sad to find out that Electronic Arts was locking users out of their Origin games for getting banned on the forums. Thankfully, the account suspension policy has since been tweaked such that those with a ban can sti...   read

 
 
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BioWare is clueless, banned a user based on a meme

BioWare is dead serious about upholding its Terms of Services and will bring down the hammer of justice hard should you step out of line. One member (username withheld) of the Star Wars: The Old Republic message board learned that the hard ...   read

 
 
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SWTOR bans players for playing the game wrong

Users have been receiving temporary bans for "exploiting" Star Wars: The Old Republic, as confirmed by BioWare recently. The only trouble is, the players were not really breaking the game in anyway -- they've only been doing what the game h...   read

 
 
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'Gun-like' Avatar items to be banned from Xbox Live soon

Epic Games has declared that the Hammerburst and Lancer Avatar props are going to be removed on January 1, 2012, as part of a new anti-gun policy. Microsoft will be barring any Avatar proper that resembles a firearm. Gotta protect those kid...   read

 
 
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New Syndicate game banned in Australia (surprise!)

In news that should shock nobody by now, Starbreeze's upcoming Syndicate reboot has been refused classification in Australia, making it illegal to sell in the country. The game's violent content has been cited as the reason, with Australia'...   read

 
 
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EA will ban you from games if someone else swears at you

Electronic Arts has been catching heat for its stupid policy that bans customers from their legally bought games if they break rules on the forums. Despite all the bad publicity, however, EA isn't fixing the issue -- it's getting worse.&nbs...   read

 
 
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Shock: Dead Island banned in Germany at last

In news that will surprise only people who have never heard of Germany before, it has come to light that Dead Island's been banned ... in Germany!  Deep Silver is not surprised, gamers are not surprised, and I doubt the German authorit...   read

 
 
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EA hopes Iran banning Battlefield 3 will fight piracy

Battlefield 3 is reportedly banned in Iran, which is hardly surprising because it is Iran. What is surprising, however, is that Electronic Arts thinks the suppression of its product may be a good thing, because it could help stop ...   read

 
 
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Over 1,600 users banned from Modern Warfare 3

[Update: The story originally stated 16,000 users were banned. That was incorrect and has been fixed. Sorry for the confusion.] The Call of Duty series is beloved by cheaters the world over, but Infinity Ward has no love for them. The compa...   read

 
 
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EA forum bans are still locking users out of games

A while ago, Electronic Arts landed itself in hot water after locking one of its customers out of Dragon Age II due to a transgression committed on EA's forums. While the situation was eventually resolved, it seems EA never stopped screwing...   read

 
 
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Early Modern Warfare 3 play could ban you from Xbox Live

Microsoft has warned that early copies of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 are "not authorized" to be played online, and using them before street date could have dire consequences. This includes legally obtained copies bought from a store tha...   read

 
 
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Guess which games were banned in Germany in October

When it comes to banning videogames or at least restricting their sales, there just is no country quite like Germany! There are several lists to take into consideration, so I'll try to make things simple and clear for you, dear readers. So,...   read

 
 
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Posting Gears of War 3 spoilers online? Epic will ban you

Epic Games takes spoilers very seriously, so much so that your actions on Youtube could impact your gaming. According to the studio, it has the power to ban anybody from Gears of War 3 if they're caught posting spoiler videos.  "We&rsq...   read

 
 
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Christian police groups want to ban The Darkness II

Various Christian law enforcement groups have colluded to express their distaste for upcoming 2K Games sequel, The Darkness II. They'd like to see it go very far away, in fact, for fear that it will make people hate the police. Go figure.&n...   read

 
 
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Norwegian store bans violent games following Oslo murders

Coop Norway has announced that it will bar the sale of 51 game and toy brands following the Oslo massacre perpetrated by murdering idiot Anders Behring Breivik. These include games that Breivik himself praised as training tools, such a...   read

 
 
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Apple rejects illegal immigration game

A satirical iOS game about trucking Mexicans across the US border has been rejected by Apple for being racist. Because of course, when you dare say that some Mexicans are illegal immigrants, you are of course stating that all Mexicans are i...   read

 
 
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Mortal Kombat loses Australian appeal, still banned

Despite an appeal by Warner Brothers, Mortal Kombat is still going to be unobtainable (at least legally) in Australia when it launches next month.  “We’re obviously extremely disappointed that the refused classification dec...   read

 
 
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