Major Nelson: don’t share accounts or hack your gamesaves

For those of you who value your Gamertag or Gamerscore (mine’s so low that I couldn’t care less), Xbox Live’s Major Nelson is warning you to keep your account information to yourself. The consequences for sharing can equal account deletion. Forever.

By sharing your account, you’re violating the Xbox Live Terms of Use, and if your account is stolen or “kept,” it will have to be deleted, and you’ll never see your Gamertag or Gamerscore again. Major Nelson also says that you can lose saved games and any points you have on the account.

With this warning comes another about save and Achievement tampering. Nelson warns that “bad things will happen” to these kind of cheaters.

We may remove the entire Gamerscore for an account that contains manipulated gamerscore. Let me be more clear: If you use tampered gamesaves to boost your Achievements and Gamerscore, you may sign in to Xbox LIVE one day and discover that we have removed your Gamerscore. Once we do that, you will never be able to re-earn those achievements on that account. Even worse, you might have your account and/or console banned from Xbox Live.

That hits home. Really, how important is your Gamerscore if you can’t log on to Xbox Live again?

Dale North