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The Lovat Scout
04-30-2010, 02:09 AM
If any has heard anything about it but doesn't knwo exactly what went on, here it is.

Basically, a website called Microsoft ExpertZone had a quiz that people could take about Halo 3: ODST and after the quiz they'd be instantly emailed a free beta code. Extremely easy to do and I'm sure over hundreds of people got free codes off it. It was definitely legit and people definitely had proof.

This was a scandal because people broke the terms of service they agreed to and lied about being a member of a Microsoft Company (such as Gamestop or something) where the real employees deserved the codes.

I'm posting this now, because it has been patched. I knew about it since 3pm today but refused to spread it around anywhere. This thread isn't supporting any illegal activity or anything, since it has been patched. It was simply informing everyone of the news that was pretty damn big over at the bnet forums and hopefully Bungie will make an article about it regarding those who lied to get their codes.

Sorry if you're mad I didn't tell everyone when there wasn't a patch. i just don't think it was right for people to sort of heat to get other peoples codes.

Anyways, thats the story in case you heard about it somewhere and wasn't sure.

ReaLiStiiC
04-30-2010, 02:13 AM
Really? I didn't know about this at all. Because one of my friends like, 15 people on his friends list have the game, Do you think they might have done this? I wouldn't do this kind of scam, just to get it a few days early.

Also, you have a slight typo " This thread is supporting any illegal activity or anything,"
Just so you know :P

CMCX360
04-30-2010, 02:17 AM
You act like these people are stealing games or something here. It's a free public beta, that anyone with a copy of ODST or Halo 2 (provided they played it recently) can get into.
I'm sure they aren't miffed that people are doing what the beta is designed for, playing it. Early or not, it's still being beta tested.

Psst. http://www.bungie.net/Stats/Reach/default.aspx?player=EvilChameleon09
Proud Best Buy "Employee". :p

Hot Juicy Pie
04-30-2010, 02:34 AM
So what? Even if you work at these companies you can't get yourself a code now?

The Lovat Scout
04-30-2010, 02:41 AM
You act like these people are stealing games or something here. It's a free public beta, that anyone with a copy of ODST or Halo 2 (provided they played it recently) can get into.
I'm sure they aren't miffed that people are doing what the beta is designed for, playing it. Early or not, it's still being beta tested.

Psst. http://www.bungie.net/Stats/Reach/default.aspx?player=EvilChameleon09
Proud Best Buy "Employee". :p
Best Buy, lmao nice. No, I mean if they did this good for them. Just morally it isn't good to lie about things and obtain early codes when they were originally not for you. And yeah, the public beta is free, but the beta isn't public yet, hence the "early" access codes.

Anyways, thats cool that you got in on it, hope you have fun, I jsut thought I'd shed some light on some news is all.
Really? I didn't know about this at all. Because one of my friends like, 15 people on his friends list have the game, Do you think they might have done this? I wouldn't do this kind of scam, just to get it a few days early.

Also, you have a slight typo " This thread is supporting any illegal activity or anything,"
Just so you know :P
Good eye, edited, thanks lol.

So what? Even if you work at these companies you can't get yourself a code now?
Right, you can't. So any real employees missed their real honest chance at it. It's only a few days early so I don't think anyone is really trippin, but its still messed up they lost their legit code because people exploited the hell out of it.

Oh well, I guess.

Hot Juicy Pie
04-30-2010, 02:47 AM
Well that's crap

TpYourHouse
04-30-2010, 02:57 AM
I managed to farm 3 codes off of it and give them to friends.... Everyone on my friends list used this place to get their codes... Is this bad?! I don't think you are spreading the news or anything. I believe you're making me feel as if I am going to get in some sort of big trouble for this, you may not be doing it on purpose.......

Atroxx70
04-30-2010, 02:58 AM
Well, if you ask me, they should've known better than to go with the honor system. Not advocating it, because like you said, it is dishonest, but they can't really be too mad people took advantage of it. Kind of like leaving your car unlocked and running while you run into the store and then getting mad because someone stole it.

xtye
04-30-2010, 03:30 AM
It was lying, but a way into the beta. But kids got like 50 codes and ruined it.

Does anyone have a code I can have?

The Lovat Scout
04-30-2010, 03:33 AM
I managed to farm 3 codes off of it and give them to friends.... Everyone on my friends list used this place to get their codes... Is this bad?! I don't think you are spreading the news or anything. I believe you're making me feel as if I am going to get in some sort of big trouble for this, you may not be doing it on purpose.......
You won't be getting in trouble buddy. It's common for people to use exploits to their advantage. And it's already been completely proven and confirmed that there is no possible way to link the codes to specific Gamertags since they were generated on the spot. Have fun, see ya May 3rd!

Well, if you ask me, they should've known better than to go with the honor system. Not advocating it, because like you said, it is dishonest, but they can't really be too mad people took advantage of it. Kind of like leaving your car unlocked and running while you run into the store and then getting mad because someone stole it.
Yeah, agreed. The funniest thing about this whole thing?.........

ExpertZone's just tweeted (http://twitter.com/ExpertZone)saying thanks for downloading all of their beta codes, and that they are all gone. lmao! They either have no idea they just got scammed out by frauds, or they don't care and glad they got site visits.

I actually don't think they know about the people frauding accounts. Oh well, lol.

("Frauding" isn't a real word?!)

The Lovat Scout
04-30-2010, 03:34 AM
It was lying, but a way into the beta. But kids got like 50 codes and ruined it.

Does anyone have a code I can have?
Before I posted THIS post, we had the same post count :p

And as far as codes go, I don't know if you can ask for codes here =\ Possibly against forum rules? Their are plenty of contests going on though...

xxJUSTINxx
04-30-2010, 06:33 AM
Damn, I missed out on the code give away again e.e Every contest is random and I never get picked. Someone took my copy of ODST so im screwed D:

Anyone do that and get a lot of extra's?

Atroxx70
04-30-2010, 06:38 AM
Apparently a shit ton of people on Twitter did this for multiple copies and are having little contests giving them away. I have a copy of ODST so it's not worth following 48 different people hoping for an early code.

The Lovat Scout
04-30-2010, 07:01 AM
Apparently a shit ton of people on Twitter did this for multiple copies and are having little contests giving them away. I have a copy of ODST so it's not worth following 48 different people hoping for an early code.
Lol, agreed. Although...I am following Twitters Waypoint and Facebooks Waypoint for the random code things. I think that contest is a little fun, even if you dont win, lol.

Kyoujin
04-30-2010, 07:17 AM
Yeah.. I heard about this after I logged in to the beta. I was wondering how many people had it already, lol. ;/ That's pretty shitty, glad it got stopped though. Don't really think it's worth getting banned from Live just so you can play the Beta a few days early.. ah well.

Hot Juicy Pie
04-30-2010, 01:25 PM
I think the real reason it was shut down is because they started popping up on ebay... i noticed all those got pulled off there

Jet1337
04-30-2010, 01:43 PM
This reminds me of when those fuckers on eBay were selling Star Craft 2 beta tickets for hundreds of dollars.

It doesn't matter in the end. The sooner more people start playing, the better Bungie can fine-tune the game.

Io Haze oI
04-30-2010, 02:46 PM
That sucks that this is over, I was trying to get it done last night but I couldn't submit teh training on the site, so I was goign to do it in the morning when their was less people trying to access the site. Just entered some of those twitter "competitions" to get a code if not, it's not a long wait till the 3rd.

Frozenghost001
04-30-2010, 03:43 PM
hehe i got like 20 codes outa this. :)

The Lovat Scout
04-30-2010, 03:52 PM
hehe i got like 20 codes outa this. :)
I don't mind that people used this exploit. Even if they got more than 10 codes each out of it.

What I do mind, however, is people bragging about cheating the real employees out of their fair and honest chance to play the beta. Don't brag about being a douche. ;)

Hot Juicy Pie
04-30-2010, 04:02 PM
hehe i got like 20 codes outa this. :) mind hookin a fellow member up?

Law
04-30-2010, 04:09 PM
You won't be getting in trouble buddy. It's common for people to use exploits to their advantage. And it's already been completely proven and confirmed that there is no possible way to link the codes to specific Gamertags since they were generated on the spot. Have fun, see ya May 3rd!


Yeah, agreed. The funniest thing about this whole thing?.........

ExpertZone's just tweeted (http://twitter.com/ExpertZone)saying thanks for downloading all of their beta codes, and that they are all gone. lmao! They either have no idea they just got scammed out by frauds, or they don't care and glad they got site visits.

I actually don't think they know about the people frauding accounts. Oh well, lol.

("Frauding" isn't a real word?!)

They know, there is a massive thread on their forums about it. It is definitely why they took the quiz down.

I dont think all of these fakes can buy the merchandise though. Back when I signed up a few years ago you actually had to be verified before you could buy stuff.

Us real retail employees still get the good stuff (aka cheap games/msp/live subs/accessories/etc.)

Hot Juicy Pie
04-30-2010, 04:11 PM
They know, there is a massive thread on their forums about it. It is definitely why they took the quiz down.

I dont think all of these fakes can buy the merchandise though. Back when I signed up a few years ago you actually had to be verified before you could buy stuff.

Us real retail employees still get the good stuff (aka cheap games/msp/live subs/accessories/etc.) Ya I've been a member for a while... But it wasnt even a reward you had to purchase with points. The reach beta was just something they gave you when you took a training course for ODST whether you passed or failed.

Law
04-30-2010, 04:16 PM
Ya I've been a member for a while... But it wasnt even a reward you had to purchase with points. The reach beta was just something they gave you when you took a training course for ODST whether you passed or failed.

I know, I was just commenting that these random people are joining the site to get a free beta and ignoring the really cheap merch.

Atroxx70
04-30-2010, 04:40 PM
hehe i got like 20 codes outa this. :)

Care to share?

Monkeyman 8322
04-30-2010, 04:49 PM
Care to share?

Please? you will get foreever love

Ragnadaam
04-30-2010, 08:37 PM
hehe i got like 20 codes outa this. :)
Sharing is caring they say ;).If you feel like giving one away though,I am here and would be forever grateful.

donlowc06
05-01-2010, 02:11 AM
Just a heads up Bungie just gave out about 250 codes on there website. They will most likely all be gone but someone might have skipped over some ya never know.

NewSparta
05-01-2010, 02:31 AM
Im just going to say this and will probably be flamed and what not,and yes im coming off as a whinny person,but why???Should of told the forums about free codes,im just ticked i didn't get one damn.

Gotham
05-01-2010, 11:05 AM
Anyone have a spare code? I'm dying to play the beta.

Purge
05-01-2010, 11:16 AM
ODST disc just got scratched so badly it can't be played.

FUCK. FUCK. DOUBLE FUCK.

KyPuppy
05-01-2010, 11:24 AM
Any other codes floating around, I'd love to get one somehow.

Zenith94x
05-01-2010, 01:39 PM
The first code I got from my main email linked to my gamertag was already taken so they kinda jipped me out of it. I just used my second email to get a new one and it worked.

KyPuppy
05-01-2010, 02:43 PM
The first code I got from my main email linked to my gamertag was already taken so they kinda jipped me out of it. I just used my second email to get a new one and it worked.

From where???

SolidSnarf86
05-03-2010, 09:38 AM
This was a scandal because people broke the terms of service they agreed to and lied about being a member of a Microsoft Company (such as Gamestop or something) where the real employees deserved the codes.

I used to work for Gamestop. Trust they could give a shit less about you when it comes to stealing pre-order items and other things when they receive them in stock. When BANJO-KAZOOIE free game cards came in and you couldn't find them, guess who was playing it? Not the people who pre-ordered it.

Frankly the Microsoft ExpertZone is flawed. It's supposed to be used for product knowledge and betterment, but really most workers use it for free XBOX games, which they then trade back in for credit or cash. Don't feel too bad for those who "deserve them".

BruinsFTW
05-04-2010, 12:02 AM
yeah is there still anything going on to get codes? Seems most things are over now =(