With just about every new console being somewhat dependent on network connectivity for better or worse, I'd like to assume it's for the better, I can't see why people continue to hack their systems unless you are the one developing the hacks.  At least that way you are simply trying to prove something.  I learned my lesson back during the Halo 3 beta when Microsoft first began banning modded consoles from Xbox Live.  I figured I could go on without Xbox Live, playing with strangers wasn't that exciting at the time and most of them were douches anyway but then more and more of my buddies began getting online and more of games demanded my complete undivided online attention.  I just couldn't help it.  I loved being able to check on my friends status, see what new freshly opened disc they just popped in their drive, download videos and demos from the marketplace and most importantly being involved in betas.  Luckily they don't ban your account only your console.  So I quickly picked up a fresh new console and got back into griefing the griefers.  I was so close to modding my PS3 to play all of my old back up PSOne games but I'm glad I didn't, with my PS3 in need of repair, it may not have gone as smoothly as it did.

Well just in time for the holidays, according to the forums over at Xbox-Scene.com, Microsoft is dishing out the hurt again.  Not only was this right after Gears of War 2 released, it's also right before the new NXE dashboard update hits Xbox Live.  If my console were to be offline for that I don't know what I'd do.  You guys can't say we didn't warn you.  

I know there are all sorts of people out there with their own reasons for modding their consoles.  I personally love the feeling of picking up a fresh new copy of a game I've been waiting for and piercing the seal to get that new game smell.  I hated how it felt to rent games or play games I didn't pay for.  I lost that excitement of day one purchases, sure it helps saving $60, but when it's a game that deserves every penny it's asking for, suddenly those idiotic customer service calls you've been taking to help pay for it, don't seem so bad.