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Halo Reach Leaked To Filesharing Sites 160

Stoobalou writes "What appears to be the full version of Bungie's Halo Reach game has turned up on a number of file sharing sites. The hotly-anticipated multi-player shooter had been hosted on a private area of the Microsoft Live site in order for journalists to preview the release, but Microsoft has admitted that a security breach has meant that pirates have been able to bypass personal download codes given to writers. Disk images of the game are now appearing on a number of public torrent and P2P sites as well as on popular NZB aggregators and Usenet binaries newsgroups." The game isn't due to be released until September 14th. Microsoft is said to be "aggressively pursuing" whoever grabbed the files without their permission.
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Halo Reach Leaked To Filesharing Sites

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 24, 2010 @02:24AM (#33351518)

    Am I the only one who's thinking this might be a "leaked" release sent out specifically to justify Iron Curtain tactics to follow, which will be directed against public torrent, P2P, aggregators, and Usenet sites?

    And here we thought the Google/Verizon deal operated in a vacuum. (cue sarcasm)

    It's not the massive catastrophes that destroy entirely, but the tiny little compromises made every day that eat at your soul til nothing remains.

  • by NoZart ( 961808 ) on Tuesday August 24, 2010 @02:25AM (#33351528)

    >>> Can anyone explain why you need a JTAG mode to play this game?

    Because the game was released as an unencrypted download title. This way, you can not generate a working ISO to burn from it, as you don't know which way to encrypt it to match the release discs.

    >>> JTAG mode allows you to unban your console (by changing the ID)

    Yeah, but you need an existing keyvault from an unbanned XBox to do that, so this method is highly impractical.
    The workaround for JTAGs to use this leak is more along the lines playing the games over Xlink Kai, a LAN-tunneling service, which will provide a crappy gameplay experience. /Tinfoil hat on/
    The way this was leaked (only works on JTAGs which are few and gimped multiplayer and MP is the main draw of the game) makes me think that it is possible this is intentional. All the Youtube clips showing ingame details work perfectly as some sort of guerilla marketing to amp up the hype. /Tinfoil hat off/

  • by gmhowell ( 26755 ) <> on Tuesday August 24, 2010 @03:18AM (#33351870) Homepage Journal

    Holy shit! People don't drop as many $50 bills on frivolous entertainment in a down economy? That's just crazy talk!

When you go out to buy, don't show your silver.