Gaming's most hated technology failures

Dead pixels

The problem: Launch PSP and DS units shipped with an unusually large number of dead pixels. Most retail outlets refused to do anything about the defective hardware, stating it wasn’t their problem.

The response: Nintendo came through, offering free, speedy replacement to anyone with even one dead (or constantly active) pixel. Sony downplayed the issue, asking gamers to play for a while and see if it really bothered them (YES, JESUS) and then send it in for repair.

We hated it because: Spending over $100 on a new handheld device is a major decision, so the last thing we wanted to see was a bright-as-the-sun pixel blaring out of the screen on day one. Twisted Metal Head-On was a dark, dark game, and one burned pixel might as well been a hundred, while WipEout Pure, with its flashing lights and neon landscapes, made dead pixels leap off the screen.


Halo 3's scratched discs

The problem: The collector’s tin for a special edition of Halo 3 was actually scratching and damaging the game disc inside. Hey, those scratches are $10 extra!

The response: Microsoft acknowledged the issue and offered free replacement to those affected by the tin. The process took about two weeks, and was not extended to anyone whose game was scratched by the 360 itself – another issue entirely.

We hated it because: We, like millions of others on Halo 3’s launch day, wanted to be a part of the mayhem and get into the shit right away. Upon opening the collector’s edition, the disc flopped out of the tin and fell the floor – not a good sign at all.

PlayStations overheating, crapping out

The problem: The original PlayStation would overheat and crap out, causing audio problems, games to stop working, or, rather specifically, FMV cutscenes to not play.

The response: The internet wasn’t exactly a vast source of information in 1995, so we’re not sure if Sony actually responded in any official capacity. The popular workaround was to turn the PlayStation upside down, which would negate the warped plastic caused by overheating.

We hated it because: This one was kind of our fault. Most people’s PlayStations worked fine, but if you left it sitting on carpet or in a poorly ventilated area, it was bound to give up the ghost. Some of us had to go through three or four units to learn the lesson. Give us a break, we were like 15.

Wiidiots breaking TVs

The problem: Wii Remotes kept flying out of people’s hands and into their expensive TVs, supposedly because of snapping wrist straps. Property damage lulz ensue for everyone who knows how to hold a controller.

The response: Nintendo offered to replace any broken wrist straps, but wasn’t about to pay for everyone’s broken TVs, lamps and windows. You’d think after word got around people would stop flinging the damn thing like a bunch of idiots. 

We hated it because: Nintendo shouldn’t have to tell people “don’t swing the remote so fast it flies out of your stupid hand,” but they were essentially forced to with newer wrist straps and even more precautionary videos and pre-game warnings.

Above: "Don't be stupid, stupid!"

Above: Also the "Wii Jacket" looks like a discarded condom

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  • LeonLio - December 2, 2010 12:40 p.m.

    I stopped playing MAG for that reason, plus a few other issues. If they fix it, I'm sure a lot of players will return. Black Ops is doing a decent job at being a competition. Now if CoD: Black Ops took in the MAG Server Idea, fixed the kills that don't register (like shooting a guy from 2ft with an Olympia 3x and end up getting knifed), then it'll be the best FPS! Other than that. I think MAG is slowly losing their ranks.
  • LeonLio - December 2, 2010 12:36 p.m.

    MAG's 2.0 (Move) update should be added onto here.. Released an update that ended up making all the user's Game & PS3 System to freeze. Ending with the user unable to access the PS Menu. The only fix for a few weeks was to manually turn it off. Zipper Game Developers worked on it, and worked on it, for atleast a month, then finally released an update stating it makes the game smoother. Except, it continues to freeze up (only on the same game modes) which irritates some players. Especially if you have a good game going. Not sure if it's fixed NOW, but like many other player, I've stopped playing and notified other friends who still play it to tell me when they ACTUALLY Fix it. Its one of those things about that update that gets you thinking, did the Game Developers at Zipper know how to test any major updates before rreleasing it? (Just for your information...) The MAG 2.0 Beta, was out for a week for testing, to any player. Then it got closed down for a day or two. Then was a Mandatory Released Update. Which resulted after the following few hours of gameplay, to spam the Forums with issues.
  • Overlord153 - November 23, 2010 11:59 p.m.

    I hated getting a PSP that had a dead pixel right out of the box. Imagine the gift unwrapping the putting in of Tomb Raider Legend and bink a little orange spot right there. Damn you Sony!!!!!
  • ombranox - July 31, 2010 8:06 a.m.

    My 360 got a broken usb jack that ended up shorting out the console. Lame!
  • MaynardJ - March 29, 2010 11:23 a.m.

    My Gamecube is still working but froze on me several times over the years: "An error has occurred. Turn the Power Off and check the Nintendo GameCube Instruction Booklet for further instructions." No problems with the DS Lite and 360, so far...
  • oufour - March 29, 2010 10:38 a.m.

    i once bought assassin's creed and bioshock from gamestop used, and guess what? they broke. like, jsut stopped working. the worst part? it was the day AFTER the warranty expired.
  • super0sonic - March 29, 2010 8:09 a.m.

    The Ubi Copy protection has prevented me a would be paying customer from buying Silent Hunter 5 a game i have been looking forward to for MONTHS!! Now it's launch has come and gone and i still don't own it. i am very sad :(
  • Finklemeyer - March 29, 2010 6:31 a.m.

    whats with this .02% bullshit. my friend and i both cracked our DS's. and not even by dropping them!
  • bmxbiff - March 29, 2010 1:32 a.m.

    I had to replace my 360 5 times, as well as repair my Elite to avoid the DLC glitch. And yet I keep coming back for more. Guess I'm a glutton for punishment.
  • jackthemenace - March 28, 2010 6:36 p.m.

    My DS lite cracked righty in two, but luckily the wires were still attached, so i could still play it with the top haning off XD wasn't convenient, but kept me going till i got a new one :P
  • LenKice - March 28, 2010 2:20 a.m.

    Omg, the Xbox's cord blew up in my office just as soon as I plugged it in! ;~; I had to ask my little brother to plug it when once my family moved to the new apartment...
  • oryandymackie - March 27, 2010 4:26 p.m.

    No wonder the guy in GameStation sold me that original Xbox for fifteen quid, with an evil glint in his eye and a grin on his face...
  • mdiaz033 - March 27, 2010 6:50 a.m.

    wow, this article seems pretty neutral. no excessive wii and sony bashing and rightfully deserved microsoft bashing. good article brett. you are starting to give GR a good rep. keep it up.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - March 27, 2010 1:34 a.m.

    Both of my damn Ds's are hinge cracked, not to mention a f#@ked up screen on one and a broken L button on the other.
  • Ninja-KiLLR - March 27, 2010 12:19 a.m.

    ive managed to avoid all of these. well i dont have a 360 so that makes it a hell of alot easier appartently. but the wii motion flying incident almost happened.
  • helloimgaydo - March 26, 2010 11:46 p.m.

    My Xbox went RRoD, so I sent it off for repair the day it arrived back home I got the E74 error message. I has worked totally fine since though.
  • Biopiate - March 26, 2010 11:44 p.m.

    Ummm... Where is the PS3 version of Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition? My copy was all messed up...
  • nik41507 - March 26, 2010 11:37 p.m.

  • sleepy92ismypsn - March 26, 2010 9:25 p.m.

    oh and why would you have an hdtv if you were a wii gamer lulz. damn you xbox you baby killer. i guess thats what you get for buying an inferior console
  • sleepy92ismypsn - March 26, 2010 9:21 p.m.

    being a fan of sony i only endured one of these problems my psx died but i got a good first 5 years of my gaming career from it. i bought a launch day psp but didnt have any dead pixels. and i happened to play my ps3 on march 1st especially when i heard about the apocalyps3 so i still got all my trophies.