Bungie Clamps Down on Credit Exploit

Bungie Clamps Down on Credit Exploit

Resets, bannings and updates all round!

Written by splicegraph on 04 October 10 at 16:49

Bungie has slammed the ban hammer and carried out credit resets on some 15,000 gamers they have identified as exploiting a challenge for extra credits.

The exploit allowed gamers to complete a challenge 20+ times through intentional network manipulation (disconnecting) earning them more credits than they should have rightly received. These gamers will find, by now, that their credits have been reset and that they have been banned for a 24 hour period. The one day ban is less of a punishment and more of a means of letting them know they've been caught cheating.

Bungie had this to say on their weekly update:

While we understand the compulsion to race to the top and earn all the good gear before any of your friends do, network manipulation and other easily detectable workarounds that fall well outside of standard gameplay will result in a credit reset and several other punitive measures designed to knock you back down to a level playing field with all the rest of us who are playing the game without having to resort to exploits.Bungie has also stated that this is not directed at those who are simply playing the game grinding out credits on the Gruntpocalypse Firefight mode in Score Attack or abusing the Target Locator in the ONI: Sword Base mission. Keep in mind though, that the effectiveness of both of these will be greatly reduced by Reach's first playlist update coming this Tuesday.

A full list of these updates can be found at the Bungie Weekly Update page, see external link.

So, is this an appropriate punishment or merely the least that Bungie could do? Should Bungie have been more harsh in this matter?
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OMETALO
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Posted on 04 October 10 at 16:53
I'm going to have to get some Score Attack in before the update then.
IRONxREAVER
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Posted on 04 October 10 at 16:56
At least I know my friend is going to get what he deserves for doing that challenge reset thing.
Posted on 04 October 10 at 16:57
Crap.
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Posted on 04 October 10 at 16:58
Holy shit!? A credit glitch - thing!? Wish I knew tbh! :P
FML.
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Posted on 04 October 10 at 17:02
I knew about the Glitch but I didn't know how it was done.

I didn't want to do the ONI glitch encase I get ban hammer on me.
Posted on 04 October 10 at 17:02
Looks like I will be doing the Flawless Cowboy method tonight.
theFodder
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Posted on 04 October 10 at 17:06
nothing funnier than going up against these people that have glitched to the top...

... and then cant hit the broadside of a barn

Serves em right
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Posted on 04 October 10 at 17:06
its their fault not ours.. maybe they should have fixed there game before selling it...
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Posted on 04 October 10 at 17:08
good thing they don't ban for the Target Locator in the ONI: Sword Base mission.
Posted on 04 October 10 at 17:11, Edited on 04 October 10 at 17:14 by Dustin
BiLLzThEd0n said:its their fault not ours.. maybe they should have fixed there game before selling it... The credit glitch has nothing to do with the way that Bungie programed the game.
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Posted on 04 October 10 at 17:17
glad to hear it.. i would definitely take advantage of the last day(s) of gruntpocalypse farming! i haven't heard anything about them reducing other score attack modes which are equally rewarding..
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Posted on 04 October 10 at 17:21
Lol...classic. Sure, the challenge glitch was a little shady (I didn't do it) but an exploit is only there because of a developer's oversight. Punishing people for their oversight is weak if you ask me.

The ONI: Sword Base credit boost was just clever; Bungie's lack of punishment there only proves that point.
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Posted on 04 October 10 at 17:24
Hahaha. I love it.
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Posted on 04 October 10 at 17:28
The ONI base/Target Locator farm is as bungie states multiple times, 'pretty sad' if thats how you choose to play the game. Have fun doing the same thing over and over again, or you go ahead and actually have fun playing the game.
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Posted on 04 October 10 at 17:29
BiLLzThEd0n said:its their fault not ours.. maybe they should have fixed there game before selling it...Good one...because it was a game exploit they were using...*rolls eyes*

You are an idiot...there was nothing in the game that was incorrect in allowing them to do it...for them to "fix" all these issues would cause us REGULAR users to wait or get disconnected every time you tried to do anything in the game.


The other "glitches" aren't glitches either, they are just "methods" at scoring...but seriously what is the point? There are no achievements in this game that are super tough to get, and to race to get 1000 now is just fruitless since there will be so much DLC.
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Posted on 04 October 10 at 17:29
HaHa. Pure Quality. Why couldn't Infinity Ward do this on Call of Duty?
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Posted on 04 October 10 at 17:32
xXCONAXx said:good thing they don't ban for the Target Locator in the ONI: Sword Base mission.If they did the population would prbably drop by half lol... Everyone's done it
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Posted on 04 October 10 at 17:34, Edited on 04 October 10 at 17:40 by DaBlackAlbino
x athiktos x said:Lol...classic. Sure, the challenge glitch was a little shady (I didn't do it) but an exploit is only there because of a developer's oversight. Punishing people for their oversight is weak if you ask me.

The ONI: Sword Base credit boost was just clever; Bungie's lack of punishment there only proves that point.
Hmmm.. your logic here, analogically speaking says that if somebody left their car door unlocked without realising, as an "oversight" and then that car was stolen, it was only stolen because the owner gave the thief an open opportunity to do so and therefore it is the fault of the owner for not locking his car.

What you are insinuating is that the thief carries no responsibility for his own actions. That is ridiculous logic. Both parties carry responsibility, but the fact of the matter is, in this case, that the developers probably didn't knowingly leave a credit exploit in the game just to punish you for it, they are after all - fallible. Have you ever programmed something? It is incredibly difficult and replicating thousands of different scenarios for an output is simply unpragmatic, though they try their best. This is bungie, not EA.

Whereas in comparison, those who repeatedly abuse an exploit knowingly do what they do. Sure they could stumble upon said exploit the once or twice as a mistake, but to repeat it over and over is clearly the sign of a culprit at work. It's the lack of ignorance here and the will to exploit an oversight that makes the offence punishible, and the punishment just. Your tone makes you sound like you're at a biased disposition, perhaps you have done or would like to do said exploits reported here?

Just because things are overlooked and a weakness is present, it doesn't mean that a weakness can be abused without reprecussions when the weakness becomes apparent to the majority.

Peoples logic simply amazes me. Wow.
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Posted on 04 October 10 at 17:37
Already found out the hard way and got reset on Saturday. Some people exploit glitches to gain an advantage, or better gear, ect. I did it just because I don't really care all that much for the game, and don't want to grind through 450k credits just to get a 10G achievement. I will say despite my own guilt, that their recent bannings have, in fact, gotten a few innocent players as well.
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