Complicated Question Concerning A Game that Got My Old Xbox Banned

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I work for a major news organization and was given an advanced copy of Halo 4 for review in November. My console was because as a first time reviewer I did not know I needed to set up a specific account for playing advanced games. I went through all the channels I possibly could, and was eventually ignored and stuck with my console ban. Due to my Playstation 3 breaking recently I (reluctantly) purchased a new Xbox 360 console. I still have the Halo 4 copy that was sent to me in November.  My questions is: Can I safely play this disc on the new console?  or has it somehow been flagged as a pirated copy? (even though it is not). I'd love to play the game, but I do not want to deal with another console ban issue.  If need be I can wait, or just never play the game at all. But I think it's important I know. I called customer support and was advised to post in this forum. I apologize if this is not the correct forum to post.

Thank you.

 

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Last updated July 4, 2018 Views 4 Applies to:

To the best of my knowledge, Xbox 360 game discs are all the same, There are no copies with a unique code.  So, your Halo 4 is exactly the same as everyone else's copy.  If you had a pirated copy, it wouldn't work anyway, unless your console had been illegally modified. Which would get you into more trouble.

So, rest assured, if your console has not been tampered with, you can now play your Halo 4 game without any consequences being incurred.

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Thanks Obsessive Power. I have not and will not tamper with my console. Are you 100% sure I won't have a problem?  Is there a way I can get Microsoft to confirm this? I think you can understand my paranoia about this happening again.  

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Xbox 360 console requires unauthorized insides modification to play pirated games from disk. If your Xbox was not open and still under warranty, you can play it safe.

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[quote user="NealB4Z0D"]I work for a major news organization[/quote]I'm thinking no, or by "work for" you mean you're an intern.[quote]and was given an advanced copy of Halo 4 for review in November.[/quote]Halo 4 was released November 6th. Breaking street date does not result in a console ban.

 

Gaming review sites have dev consoles from MS so they can receive digital copies of games for review. Major news organizations have PR contacts at Microsoft.

 

There is no reason to post here asking about these sort of things, nor is there a reason to call support. You should work with your company's Microsoft PR contact to get the situation straightened out.

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An xbox 360 console is never banned based on the games that the profile is playing or has played.. This includes playing halo 4 early. Microsoft bans based on modified hardware flash in the dvd drive / nand images. Given that this new console is not modified, you will not be banned for playing this game now or ever.

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Hello Neal, I'm an official support agent. First off, I am sorry to hear about your console.  Glad you're still with us, though!  I can also confirm that if that is a copy of the game that was legitimately obtained (which it sounds like, from what you've posted here), it should be safe to play.  Enjoy!

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Thanks Miss Ermine.  The copy is just like any you'd buy in a store and it seems my mistake was assuming that I could just take over reviews for my former colleague without coordinating things with PR.  I'm just paranoid that it could have been somehow flagged in some way. Obsessive power said there are no unique codes for games.  Can you confirm that there is no way for them to flag individual copies? I really appreciate your help and I'm sorry if it seems like I'm just making you repeat yourself, I just want to be 100% sure there is no risk to my console.

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Hey there Neal. I can confirm that there is no way to flag individual copies of a game. There is no unique identifier, so like Miss Ermine said, as long as you legitimately obtained the game, it will be safe to play. Take care!

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