Black Ops Bans May Affect Second Hand Console Sales

With the latest update for the PlayStation 3, as well as an update recently for Call of Duty: Black Ops, has come a wave of banned PlayStation 3s and PSN accounts. While many will be cheering at the news that hackers will be less likely to be cheating them or even demoting them, one problem has become apparent rather quickly. What if they ban the wrong person?

By heading over to the official Black Ops forums, you will see plenty of threads about being banned and questions on how or when they will be unbanned. While a most do admit to cheating it seems not only are some denying hacking but some didn’t even own the console to do it.

One member of the website seems to of been banned although not previously playing Black Ops or even owning a PS3. IssY_I posted in one thread “When i want to play black ops it says my console is banned permanently???i have payed 150$ for the Ps3 (i bought it yesterday (used) and just came home with a new copy of b-ops! but why is my system banned?”

If this problem becomes more wide spread, with banned consoles populating the used PS3 market, will the sales dry up? Or will this be an unfortunate one off? Either way lets hope at least for IssY_I’s sake they find a solution.

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  1. Austin
    January 28, 2011, 11:31 PM


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  2. Baka-Akab
    January 29, 2011, 9:34 AM

    If you buy a used ps3 (or whatever console) , regardless of hacks , ban and what not , without even checking if everything works including online , then you are an idiot and conned yourself .

    What were you going to do , even without the existence of cw and hacks , if , say the built in lan and wireless stopped working and never checked before buying it ?
    And no you wouldnt have fixed it (unless bought in store ) , you werent even bright enough to check it in the first place .

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  3. Will
    January 29, 2011, 9:35 AM


    I’m certain his 1st question to the person that sold it to him was “Is this console banned”… your a fucking retard dude!!!!!

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  4. Joe
    January 29, 2011, 9:58 AM

    And how was he supposed to know that the PS3 was banned? Did you think he was gonna set up a PSN account and log on to Black Ops to test that it worked online?

    Treyarch are just fail, that should secure their content and servers and fix the glitches, instead of taking an easy route.

    BTW they guy who posted that was most likely talking BS anyway.

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  5. Patchow
    January 29, 2011, 10:46 AM

    LOL. Why by a secondhand console you cheapass!

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  6. Grant Gaines (大将)
    January 29, 2011, 11:08 AM

    Please lets not naturally assume the OP source is lying… there’s bound to be legit cases of this. Regardless… I wouldn’t have known, I wouldn’t have been affected but it can happen easily. As far as buying second hand, it could have been an older model with more features.

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    January 29, 2011, 12:03 PM

    And you guys believe that he bought a banned ps3? he’s just one more hacking,cheating pussy that’s trying to find an easy way out.If what he’s saying is true,why he even write his sorry ass complain here,he just have to take the door down to the supposed dude that sold him ps3,put it up his ass and take the money back. case closed.

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  8. Bob
    January 30, 2011, 9:10 PM

    My sons account was hacked and the hacker must have modded or something cause he logged into his account on his console and it banned his console. This is bullshit by the company.

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  9. Kev
    February 1, 2011, 12:56 AM

    There are many reasons why people buy second hand PS3s and Xbox 360s, it’s got nothing to do with being a cheap ass, what if he couldn’t aford the full price, some people don’t have a mum and dad to buy them things.

    You all say that the person must have been a cheater, cos he didn’t check the PS3, what if he bought it, and the person that he bought it from deleted game saves and so on, then said he never used Black Ops, if there isn’t a game to test it out on, then how could have tesed it?, and does this mean he has to test every game ever brought out just to make sure the person that sold it hadn’t been banned, from some games?.

    Look at what happend with the Xbox 360 J-tag, people sold them on Ebay and didn’t say it was banned, and not only just on Ebay but in shops and so on, this has happend with the xbox, so why not with the PS3.

    With the new hack thats out for the PS3, how many PS3s do ou thing will get banned in time, just like xbox did, and how many of them will be getting sold, just like the xbox did?

    The sad thing is, you all think it’s a cheater, but you may be wrong and as we don’t know the full facts about the story, all you have done is condem a person that may be telling the truth, and stating they must be liying.

    What happend to “innocent until proven guilty”, the very thing you lot will cry some time in your life, and have a right to do so.

    I think you all need to think about thing before you post silly thoughts stating what you think happend without knowing the whole story.

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