Bungie wrongly banned an unspecified number of Destiny 2 players (Updated)

Update 2: Bungie has admitted that it banned an unspecified number of Destiny 2 players “in error”, although those accounts have since been reinstated. It follows reports of players claiming they had been automatically banned because they were running unsupported third-party software—but Bungie said that none of the erroneous bans were linked to such software, and that using performance tools or overlays will not lead to a ban.

Read on for the original story (and subsequent update), in which Bungie said that players can’t be auto-banned from Destiny 2. Bungie added last night that it had “identified a group of players who were banned in error”. 

“Those players have been unbanned. The bans were not related to the third-party applications listed above. We will continue to review the process we use to ensure a fun and fair game.”

I suspect this won’t be the last we hear of it.

Update 1: Earlier today (see the original story below), we reported that Destiny 2 players are claiming they have been automatically banned due to running unsupported software such as MSI Afterburner, while Bungie denies that performance tools or overlays can cause bans. Bungie has now posted a brief statement further clarifying how Destiny 2’s anti-cheat systems work, and what can cause a ban. For starters, Bungie says that reports of auto-bans are false, as “Destiny 2 cannot automatically ban you, only Bungie can ban a player after a manual investigation.”

Only around 400 players have been banned so far, according to the developer, and the bans were not issued due to use of popular overlay and performance software (OBS, Afterburner, Discord, etc). “Bans were applied to players who were using tools that pose a threat to the shared ecosystem of the game,” reads the post.

Bungie also notes that it is overturning four bans that were made during the beta, but did not state the reason.

Anecdotally, we have been running Destiny 2 today with a cocktail of software also running: MSI Afterburner, Discord (with overlay enabled), FRAPs, Shadowplay, and OBS with the unsupported game capture. As expected, only the Shadowplay overlay works, and we have not been banned at this time. Without any deep insight into Destiny’s anti-cheat system, we can’t say anything conclusive, but if only around 400 people have been banned after manual investigation, it seems unlikely that software a large percentage of the playerbase uses was the cause. Bungie never stated previously that such software would cause bans. We’ll keep an eye out for more reports from players, though, as Bungie’s statement is all we have to go on at the moment.

One thing that remains unclear is what does constitute a tool that poses “a threat to the shared ecosystem.” Presumably, running things like Cheat Engine would be a bad idea, but it’s possible some less likely software is being targeted. We’ll reach out for more information. In the meantime, here are Bungie’s already-published rules regarding what can cause a ban. The original story follows below.

Original story: If you’ve visited the Destiny 2 subreddit in the last 12 hours, you may have noticed reports of players getting banned for using incompatible third-party software. Bungie has now responded, saying this is not the case. 

According to the subreddit, popular overlay applications such as Discord, Fraps, and MSI Afterburner prompt perma-bans—as well as capture apps like OBS and XSplit. 

Under the heading ‘PC bans are not being caused by Third Party Applications’, the developer says this: “Greetings fellow Guardians! How’s PC launch going for you? We hope it’s going well, and we’re terribly sorry if you’re having any issues with these likely, (for the most of you), inappropriately assigned bans.”

The statement then points to this forum post from Bungie community manager Cozmo23 which reads:

Third-party applications that aren’t compatible with Destiny 2 may cause the game to not run but won’t result in a ban. https://www.bungie.net/en/Help/Article/46101

Bungie adds: “We do not know any further information for the time being, but we will attempt to update this thread as updates come in. Thank you.”

The post by Cozmo23 is seen here:

We’ve asked publisher Activision to shed more light on the cause of player bans—we’ll report back as and when they reply. In the meantime, check out Tom’s Destiny 2 review-in-progress.

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It’s as of now over a month when Facebook authoritatively reported ‘Hashtags’ include (twelfth June 2013) yet it is as yet very little being used. With the happening to Hashtags on Facebook, numerous computerized advertisers anticipated the new component as a danger to Twitter. By one means or another, Twitter is as yet the best with regards to Hashtag Promotion of a brand or an item.

Despite the fact that Facebook is having more clients in India Twitter is having more intuitive TG and subsequently, ‘Hashtag advancement’ is unquestionably more fruitful there. Something else is that utilizing a Hashtag should be possible for a brand or a general client on Facebook yet then Facebook does not give a ‘Pattern’ window where clients can see the most discussed subjects and brands that are contending to bring their image name at the best.

‘Hashtags’ give the office to see exchange under the specific theme yet ‘Patterns’ give the sentiment rivalry among the brand darlings and brands who need to see their item name drifting at the best. Along these lines, it is all the more rousing and energizing; likewise, Hashtags are by one means or another inadequate without Trends. In addition, by and by Facebook Hashtags don’t have weight inclination and investigation supplier where one can know what number of the post sees originated from the hashtag stream. Facebook is having greatest portable clients and shockingly, this component is by and by inaccessible for them. One can’t scan for hashtags on the versatile application and distributed hashtags in notices are additionally not interactive from portable variants. Along these lines, as I would see it, Facebook Hashtags needs bunches of change keeping in mind the end goal to be a win.

In spite of the fact that Hashtags are likewise running on Instagram, Pinterest, and Google+ yet it is related with Twitter in the brains of general clients. Obviously, there is one incredible favorable position of happening to Hashtags on Facebook that coordinated correspondence can be conveyed advantageously on all the computerized stages by a Brand.

In any case, Facebook has replicated many highlights of Twitter and other informal organizations in past like Verified Account, Follow Feature, List Feature (Google+) and Public Posts and every one of the highlights certainly helped in enhancing the stage. Be that as it may, Hashtag Feature on Facebook needs numerous changes for running effective advancement battles

How To Set Up Google Home Calls Using Your Phone Number

Google announced at their event on October 4th that Google Home (via Google Assistant, of course) would now allow all users to append their phone number to their account for making outbound phone calls.

Previously, this feature was a bit gimped in the fact that it would show unavailable or unlisted on the other end of the line when you placed a phone call.

At first, that limitation didn’t seem like too much of an issue, but I found it to make calling with Google Home almost useless when contacting other people.

Sure, calling for a pizza worked just fine, but people and their mobile phones were a totally different beast. I don’t know about you, but I don’t make a habit of picking up the phone for unlisted or unrecognized numbers.

I’d wager you don’t, either.

That’s All Changed

Since the event on Wednesday, Google Home lets you append your personal phone number to the outgoing call so others know who is calling.

Better yet, Google’s voice recognition can tell who is placing the call and append the correct number. If my wife says “call Joe Smith”, Google will make her number visible to Joe Smith. If I make the same request, my phone number would show.

It is easily one of the best uses of Google’s ability to detect the user based only on their voice.

How To Get It Working

While this feature is awesome and useful, it isn’t exactly clear how to set it up. Let’s go through it real quick.

First, go to your Google Home app on a phone or Chromebook.

Next, hit that hamburger menu in the upper-left corner.

Next, touch More settings.

After that, scroll to the bottom and select Calls on speakers.

Now, select Your own number. It will say something about showing up as unlisted, but click EDIT and then Add or change phone number.

Type in your phone number and hit verify. You’ll get a text to verify this is your phone number. Enter in that code and click Verify one last time.

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That’s it! You’ve now set your account to call out using your phone number as the caller ID. We’ve tested and verified this works perfectly and, even between different male voices, Google Home can distinguish who is making the call and append the correct number every time.

This one feature has made Google Home a viable phone call machine in our home now. The kids can easily call grandparents or either of us without much fuss at all, and we don’t have to have a cell phone tied up to do it.

Things like this will be the reasons people have not only to buy a Google Home, but actually use it on a regular basis as well.