I have know about this whole flashing the 360 thing ever since I owned a 360 (2 months ago). I was interested in doing it, but I saw there were some drawbacks. As far as banning goes, that's unacceptable. I love the fact that you can back-up games and whatnot, but I value the Friends/Achievements/Arcade games I have gotten with my account. Furthermore, I think I have one of the best gamertags, so if I was to get banned, I probably would be crushed. But what I wonder is if they can actually detect if your using the firmware (because I know I have heard about some of the Nintendo Wii being 100% undetectable, etc.). I mean, I would definitely do it if I knew I wasn't going to get caught, OR I would do it if I could stop If I heard about something. Like I keep hearing "if they start banning, you will hear about it and you can remove firmware, etc". Well, if they ban, if they ban everyone at one time, what would you do then? Would you be able to remove the firmware? It's just questions like that that run through my head when I think about this. Another question I have is that if you flash the firmware, would you be able to return it to the store? I have a warranty with Best Buy, would they take it back, or even check? I mean, I totally think it's worth it, but sacrificing my precious gamertag, my achievements, all the friends and everything that is tied to my gamertag, is that worth it? Basically, I am just getting into learning everything, and these are just observations and questions I have on the whole thing. Comments on this and answers to some of the questions are welcome and greatly appreciated (and yes I have read other threads, search through the forums, etc).