Autistic Boy Branded a “Cheater” By Microsoft
www.examiner.com — Julias Jackson, an 11-year-old boy, born with Autism has been branded a “cheater” by Microsoft. According to the boys mother, Jennifer Zdenek, playing multiplayer on Xbox Live was his only social interaction due to his autisim. Furious that Microsoft would do that to her son, she contacted Microsoft thinking that he was so good at playing games they must have thought he had cheated. Microsoft disagrees and claims “achievements were illegitimately modified on the account.”
Once a player has been labeled a “cheater” this label can be observed on Xbox.com and by viewing the player’s Gamercard on a console or computer that is connected to Xbox LIVE. The player can still legitimately gain future achievements. The player’s experience does not change in any other way.”
Stephen Toulouse, Microsoft’s Director of Police and Enforcement wrote, “The account Zombie Kill67 transferred from the Xbox it is normally seen on, to an Xbox in another city. The account earned several achievements for Halo-3 that can only be done online and in succession. It was clear they were unlocked out of order and offline. Earning successive online achievements out of order and offline is an impossible feat, not due to skill, but due to the technology of the system. It can only be done by modifying the account and faking the achievements.”
Microsoft won’t restore Julias’ achievements but they did give him a free month of Xbox live so he could to start fresh with a new Gamertag.
Microsoft released this Thursday: