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Microsoft Labels Autistic Boy A Cheater On Xbox Live
http://www.gameinformer.com ^ | January 26, 2011 | Jeff Cork

Posted on 01/26/2011 11:52:40 AM PST by lowbridge

There's a bit of a she-said, they-said situation going on near Seattle, with the mom of an 11-year-old boy saying Microsoft reset his gamerscore unfairly and the company saying it was done because he was cheating. Regardless of the truth, the boy has been branded a cheater on Xbox Live and has to earn whatever achievements he had before all over again.

Jennifer Zdenek told Q13 FOX News that her son Julius Jackson went online recently only to discover that his gamerscore had been reset and his account branded as belonging to a cheater.

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Hobbies; Miscellaneous; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: autism; xbox; xboxlive
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1 posted on 01/26/2011 11:52:45 AM PST by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge

This matters to people?

I don’t mean the post, I mean one’s public score on some game?


2 posted on 01/26/2011 11:56:27 AM PST by freedumb2003 (Nothing sharpens the mind like not being able to get a job. /Nonstatist)
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To: lowbridge

Well, if it’s his only means of interaction then he gets to have twice as much interaction now since he will need to regain his standing in the tables.

This is one for the overly indulgent parent file.


3 posted on 01/26/2011 11:59:01 AM PST by relictele
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To: lowbridge
Too little, too late.
Now Schumer, when he had the power, could have made something of this.
4 posted on 01/26/2011 12:00:16 PM PST by ComputerGuy (HM2/USN M/3/3 Marines RVN 66-67)
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To: freedumb2003

It matters hugely to many people, not just kids.

As for cheating, it’s possible to do (entire websites devoted to cheats, cheat codes, getarounds, and so forth).

And I’ve seen really young kids use cheat codes and hacks, so at 11 he may know a lot about it.

One reason game companies crack down on cheating is because of goldfarmers, people who play online games to get online tokens like magic swords, increased powers, and so forth, that they sell in meatworld for real money. It sounds unbelievable, but there are those who will pay $200 for a supermage sword with over 9000 strength points, just to play an online game.

The article is completely devoid of any detail as to what exactly he’s accused of, but hammers home his disability and how bad he feels.


5 posted on 01/26/2011 12:02:02 PM PST by DBrow
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To: lowbridge

It’s not like Xbox would have just randomly picked him out of the millions of subscribers to investigate. People had to have reported him for cheating. There are a lot of details missing from this story.


6 posted on 01/26/2011 12:07:08 PM PST by retrokitten
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To: DBrow
And here, I thought The Internet was (just) for Porn
7 posted on 01/26/2011 12:08:36 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Nothing sharpens the mind like not being able to get a job. /Nonstatist)
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To: DBrow
My sons have worked many years with a young man with developmental disabilities. He works hard at playing the games. They work hard at figuring out more things he can do.

He can count. His vocabulary has improved substantially and he can commute to and from work on the Metro. They can have rational conversations with him. He is polite.

When they started working with him he could not count; knew hardly any words; couldn't cross an open field; and certainly wasn't ever expected to work.

It really hurts to hear someone doubt that videogaming can be useful in improving life for autistic children. All I can say is you must lead a very sheltered life.

Now, about Bill Gates ~ just who does he imagine he is kicking around the handicapped.

Oh, that's right, he wants to leave it all to a foundation to kill babies.

8 posted on 01/26/2011 12:09:53 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: freedumb2003
This matters to people?

I don’t mean the post, I mean one’s public score on some game?

If you have ever dealt with autistic kids, then you know that for some of them, it IS important.

9 posted on 01/26/2011 12:13:04 PM PST by JRios1968 (This is me, in a nutshell: "Let me out of here...I'm trapped in a nutshell!!!!")
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To: retrokitten

They wouldn’t have done this unless he was cheating. There’s no guess work involved. All of the the hacks are online and known. His mom probably helped him download them.


10 posted on 01/26/2011 12:14:09 PM PST by Electric Graffiti (Crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentation of their Moonbats)
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To: freedumb2003
I don’t mean the post, I mean one’s public score on some game?

Yeah some people take it quite seriously and its also a way for the game makers to increase play time (artificially) by having weird achivements in the game that makes people replay them.

But I really don't get all the drama around this, he either cheated (in which case sucks to be him and good on MS) or he didn't. MS just needs to show the proof.

Though I have no idea how people would cheat on a console other than through actually moding it, since its a closed system software wise, its not like you can go and install a cheat patch like people do on PC games. But moding it is against the usage policy anyway so again sorry kid...
11 posted on 01/26/2011 12:14:41 PM PST by battousai (Conservatives are racist? YES, I hate stupid white liberals.)
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To: freedumb2003

lol Nope, you can spend your live in porn-free gaming.

A year ago I ran into a friend, hadn’t seen him in months. He was pale, longish hair, not good. Hi George, wazzup? You OK? Yeah, Dan, I have not been around or out much for a few, well, maybe six months. Oh? Anything wrong? No, there is this game...

And that’s about ALL he had been doing. I think it was World of Warcraft, though Second Life will do that to you as well.


12 posted on 01/26/2011 12:16:34 PM PST by DBrow
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To: muawiyah

When did I say games were not useful? For AB people and disabled they can be wonderful diversions and can even build some skills. Online games present a nonthreatening communications path to those who would otherwise find communications difficult.

Games, online or otherwise, can also become obsession traps, to AB people and those with OCD. Like anything else that are tools that cut both ways.

As for a sheltered life, no. I know a little about gaming, and I do get out offline once in a while.

Also, I said nothing about gates and his evil minions.


13 posted on 01/26/2011 12:29:20 PM PST by DBrow
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To: retrokitten
People had to have reported him for cheating.

Could be sore losers who reported him.

14 posted on 01/26/2011 12:29:49 PM PST by lowbridge (Rep. Dingell: "Its taken a long time.....to control the people.")
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To: Electric Graffiti

That is what I was thinking, too. When you file and Xbox complaint against someone, as far as I know, you just click “file a complaint” and then one of the options is “cheating”- there is no option to describe the nature of the cheating.


15 posted on 01/26/2011 12:29:57 PM PST by retrokitten
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To: lowbridge

But it’s not like someone makes a complaint and you are automatically labeled a cheater. Xbox actually has people who look into your account and see what you are doing.


16 posted on 01/26/2011 12:32:19 PM PST by retrokitten
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To: muawiyah

“Online games present a nonthreatening communications path to those who would otherwise find communications difficult.”

Look at questionablecontent.net

One of the characters there has social issues eased by online gaming.


17 posted on 01/26/2011 12:32:55 PM PST by DBrow
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To: DBrow

>>A year ago I ran into a friend, hadn’t seen him in months. He was pale, longish hair, not good. Hi George, wazzup? You OK? Yeah, Dan, I have not been around or out much for a few, well, maybe six months. Oh? Anything wrong? No, there is this game...

And that’s about ALL he had been doing. I think it was World of Warcraft, though Second Life will do that to you as well.<<

To be fair, I have had FR sessions that have resulted in the same symptoms.


18 posted on 01/26/2011 12:36:09 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Nothing sharpens the mind like not being able to get a job. /Nonstatist)
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To: freedumb2003

Absolutely. But there are more WoW zombies than FR zombies, just because it’s more popular.

And George really had not been out much at all, he’d go to work, come home, log in, eat raman, then go to work again.


19 posted on 01/26/2011 12:38:50 PM PST by DBrow
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To: DBrow

>>Absolutely. But there are more WoW zombies than FR zombies, just because it’s more popular.<<

Yes, but I am willing to be bet we have a higher percentage (LOL)...


20 posted on 01/26/2011 12:45:06 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Nothing sharpens the mind like not being able to get a job. /Nonstatist)
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To: DBrow

That’s a good idea! Free Republic should become a MMORPG like WoW. Just think of the posts:

“I’ve levelled up! I’m a 15th Level FReeper/Paladin RangerDwarf now! The Lazmaztaz guild are gonna raid Democratic Underground tonite, wanna come?”


21 posted on 01/26/2011 12:46:24 PM PST by agere_contra (Historically every time the Left has 'expanded its moral imagination' the results have been horrific)
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To: All

he was lag switching or using a modded pad.


22 posted on 01/26/2011 12:52:43 PM PST by securityman
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To: lowbridge

My 7-year-old is developmentally delayed in several ways, and he has been banned from Club Penguin AS WELL AS Disney’s Toontown, both FOR LIFE, for creating “bots” that allowed him to do crazy things in the online games, like create ghost characters that followed his real characters around, or getting his character to be able to walk in the sky, etc.

I am not calling the boy with autism a cheater — maybe it was a mistake - but it is SURELY possible.

My little guy was sorely saddened to lose his characters with all their treasures and the hard work he did for them. He is not able to understand that breaking their rules is a RISK and RISKS mean you can LOSE things. But he is capable of some simple programming to do tricks like that! He was able to have unlimited money on Club Penguin as well, though they never caught him on that... :)


23 posted on 01/26/2011 12:58:24 PM PST by Yaelle
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To: agere_contra

Actually in the deep past there are rumors of possible raids on lefty sites with weak signup security, though I know nothing at all about that.


24 posted on 01/26/2011 1:07:30 PM PST by DBrow
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To: DBrow

It matters hugely to many people, not just kids.

As for cheating, it’s possible to do (entire websites devoted to cheats, cheat codes, getarounds, and so forth).

And I’ve seen really young kids use cheat codes and hacks, so at 11 he may know a lot about it.

One reason game companies crack down on cheating is because of goldfarmers, people who play online games to get online tokens like magic swords, increased powers, and so forth, that they sell in meatworld for real money. It sounds unbelievable, but there are those who will pay $200 for a supermage sword with over 9000 strength points, just to play an online game.

The article is completely devoid of any detail as to what exactly he’s accused of, but hammers home his disability and how bad he feels.

As far as I can tell you, as long there has been internet access, people have had websites up to tell you how to cheat at games. It usually was a codeword that you could either write up on paper, or memorize, had you the photographic memory to do it, then do it.

IMHO though, I think plenty of people have taken games alone way too seriously.

The article is completely devoid of any detail as to what exactly he’s accused of, but hammers home his disability and how bad he feels.

Well, the big problem here is about people coming to the realization that this is a video game, and it’s not real. If I couldn’t get to the top of some massive online ranking for some game, big deal, when people get to be my age, getting married, remarried, worrying about your kids, or your home, or you’re being a better father than Homer Simpson, are all more pressing concerns than whether or not a game is won. If games are so “real” that people are willing to put so much money into them, than that is the problem, much more than this kid and the cheating part. My feelings were similar to the card games like Magic when it came out, and I was a young adult. People like my niece willing to spend who knows how much money to be the champ of some card game, that didn’t translate into any of these people getting a job. Sure, only the extreme cases did super-bad, but I hope my point is clear. Some things aren’t worth crying over, but when people think all this online “game” stuff is so worth it while a friendly family game of “Life”, “Risk”, “Monopoly”, “UNO”, or “SORRY”, isn’t worth it, that’s just flat-out depressing, and part of what is so seriously wrong with society.


25 posted on 08/21/2011 4:43:03 PM PDT by Morpheus2009
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