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Autistic gamer did cheat after all

The family of an 11-year old gamer suffering from autism who was labelled a cheat by Microsoft has been forced to admit that the company has a point - confessing that achievements earned on his account were illegitimate.

According to local news site Q13 Fox (opens in new tab), Microsoft has investigated complaints from the child's family that his treasured Xbox Live account was unfairly sullied with a 'Cheater' label and discovered that the tag is, in fact, accurate.

The family originally claimed that the child, who suffers from autism, was a gaming prodigy, mastering in hours titles that take older gamers months to perfect. Sadly, while that may be true, it appears that he also isn't averse to a little bit of cheating to help him on his way.

Following the investigation, Microsoft's Stephen Toulouse stated: "The account 'Zombie Kill67' transferred from the Xbox it is normally seen on, to an Xbox in another city. The account earned several achievements for Halo 3 that can only be done online and in succession.

"It was clear they were unlocked out of order and offline. Earning successive online achievements out of order and offline is an impossible feat, not due to skill, but due to the technology of the system. It can only be done by modifying the account and faking the achievements."

Julias Jackson's mother, Jennifer Zdenek, has now confessed that her son may not have been playing fair. It appears that Jackson transferred his account to a third party, who manipulated it in such a way that Jackson earned the achievements required to unlock the Recon Armour in popular first-person shooter Halo 3.

"I did warn him about this," Zdenek said, "but seeing it wasn't a bank password or anything big, it's just a game we didn't worry about it too much and the boy just offered to give him Recon Armour, which he did."

Zdenek, who appears to be something of a sore loser, went on to claim: "I decided the energy I needed to put into fighting a company as big as Microsoft is just too much for me right now and too much for my son and my main focus is him and helping him get through life."

While Microsoft isn't backing down on its - entirely correct - labelling of Jackson's account as that of a cheater, it has offered the family a free one-month subscription to Xbox Live gold and the chance to start again with a new GamerTag and a clean slate. monitors all leading technology stories and rounds them up to help you save time hunting them down.