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Bungie resets 15,000 users' credits for abusing Challenge Resets

Around 15,000 Halo: Reach players have had their credits reset and are experiencing a one-day credit earning ban in the game. In a statement, Bungie condemned these users for abusing checkpoints to gain obscene amounts of credits in a sort amount of time. Here’s how it’s done:


Above: Don’t try this at home, unless you want to feel Bungie’s wrath

Bungie has taken a firm stance – the developer explained that the credit resets are a warning for harsher penalties, including their automated banhammer. From the forum post:

“If you are thinking about getting an easy 50k credits by using this exploit, I would strongly advise you to reconsider.

 “Spot checks have revealed the telltale signature of this behavior on every denier so far, so don't be fooled by the protests of innocence. We aren't.”

The company is famous for its protection of online fairness and isn’t hesitant to ban players under any suspicion of cheating or network manipulation. It seems particularly exasperated that manipulators have found these methods so early after the game’s release, but its quick response and liberal wielding of the banhammer will likely put an end to the exploit.

Oct 4, 2010

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23 comments

  • BishopofHippo93 - October 6, 2010 12:23 a.m.

    LOL PWN3D. I have a friend who did this, I don't know what happened to him, but I don't much care either. If they want to cheat to get better armour, that's just fine, I'm not going to stop them. I don't approve, but I'm not going to condemn.
  • MaxxamusTime - October 6, 2010 12:15 a.m.

    Drop the hammer down hard
  • ChrisCultista - October 5, 2010 1:22 p.m.

    Path of least resistance. It happens in all games with a large credit/xp system. Just look at MMO exploits or games where you rank up. They find their glitches faster than anything.
  • japstersam - October 5, 2010 9:53 a.m.

    well the whole point in the credits are to reward you for playing and to give you something to look forward to/work towards while you play. they also encourage you to try different game types when they ask you to do firefight/slayer etc, so they are there to promote ENJOYING THE GAME. The ranks etc make the game much longer, which is always good. So why buy the game if they just want to rush through it? People always moan when a SP campaign is too short, then when a decent length MP ranking system comes in, they try and glitch their way up it! Whats the point?
  • mausjake - October 5, 2010 6:39 a.m.

    Straight from Achronos on the forum, a reply to someone complaining: "You're confusing the target locator and firefight "farming" with the challenge reset exploit that everyone banned just now was doing. We've been spot checking everyone who's called foul here - I've looked at five or so of you myself - and every single one managed to earn the same challenges (usually high value ones) multiple times in the same day. That's not farming grunts or saving and quitting on an opportunistic save with a target designator (both okay as long as you're not using some kind of mod run the controller for you), that's using network manipulation to cheat - a terms of service violation." SOOOO... Farming = okay. Oni = okay. Disconnecting and reconnecting to earn daily challenges multiple times = NOT OKAY
  • batman5273 - October 5, 2010 4:44 a.m.

    from bungie: Edit 1: a point of clarification. No bans were handed out tonight for a) Playing too much Gruntpocalypse (no such thing!) b) Using the target locator too much (no such thing!) Specifically, we targeted an exploit that allowed players to complete a Challenge 20+ times via itentional network manipulation (i.e., disconnects.) Spot checks have revealed the telltale signature of this behavior on every denier so far, so don't be fooled by the protests of innocence. We aren't.
  • wilypenguin - October 5, 2010 4:23 a.m.

    this is way off topic but is there any way at all that u guys can stop the spamming? its unbelievably irritating and i usually love to read the comments but this is beginning to get ridiculous. every single article i read its the same thing, valid comment, ad, valid comment, ad. ive been coming to this website for an extremely long time and it has been getting progressively worse. PLEASE GR UR MAH ONLY HOPE
  • Cwf2008 - October 5, 2010 3:36 a.m.

    Actually that isnt bannable...what's bannable is manipulating the daily challenges...
  • WillisTron - October 5, 2010 2:06 a.m.

    @ ThatGuyFromTV No need to be so hard on yourself mate
  • D0CCON - October 5, 2010 1:42 a.m.

    All that work just to get a new helmet. It's nice to see that Bungie cares enough to get rid of all types of cheaters, but if you seriously have that much free time just to earn some insignificant armor attachment or voice, I say that your life is sad enough to not need a booting. This is why there isn't a cure for cancer.
  • Jamahl - October 5, 2010 12:42 a.m.

    Well since credits are only for cosmetic rewards it doesn't really matter if they're hard to get. In fact, they make the cosmetic rewards mean something!
  • batmanboy11 - October 5, 2010 12:39 a.m.

    LOL. That is all.
  • tylrdiablos - October 4, 2010 11:48 p.m.

    Maybe if it wasn't such a grind to GET credits... I play 12/13 games of Gruntpocolypse on Score Attack a day and it barely dents the CR requirement bar. (Despite this mode being the best (BY FAR) for CR.)
  • ThatGuyFromTV - October 4, 2010 11:33 p.m.

    Just watched the vid and realized this isn't even close to what I did. Sorry for the triple post. I'm kinda stupid.
  • TeslaVonMagnus - October 4, 2010 11:32 p.m.

    You know what, I don't know. I haven't used the exploit myself, it's kinda dumb and I'm not going to so it doesn't really matter to me.
  • ThatGuyFromTV - October 4, 2010 11:31 p.m.

    Alright, I'm unaffected. That's a relief.
  • TeslaVonMagnus - October 4, 2010 11:30 p.m.

    Just like @Blasto said, I've read articles saying that that's a fine way to earn cR it's the disconnecting of the ether net cable to repeat challenges that caused Bungie to bring down the banhammer.
  • ThatGuyFromTV - October 4, 2010 11:27 p.m.

    Shit, I remember spamming the beginning of exodus to get a 200 grunt kills challenge. This better not affect me.
  • UltraGamer - October 4, 2010 11:22 p.m.

    @Vitreosity and @Blasto. I have a close friend who used the exploit and was reset. I know he did not unplug his ethernet cable or use a bot because I was watching him do it in person. I personally did not try it because I hate cheating.
  • AnonymouZ - October 4, 2010 11:17 p.m.

    i for one don't get what's going on. even with the vid. (ya, i haven't touched any halo game ever) so all i have to say is: wtf is this?

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