Gaming's most hated technology failures


The problem: The PC version of GTA IV ships with a big ol’ pile of bugs, ranging from shoddy textures to the whole thing crashing down around you.

The response: Users in the Steam forums reacted quickly, compiling a list of everything you’d need to get the bugs out of your $50 triple-A title. Rockstar, on the other hand, let loose a patch that introduced a totally new problem.

We hated it because: GTA IV was a mega-huge console launch. When it shows up on PC Land’s doorstep looking like shit and barely functioning, it reinforces PC gamers’ ideas that we’ll settle for sub-par visuals and a lower gameplay experience because we don’t know any better.

Hellgate London busted on day one

The problem: Hellgate London launches with a wide range of bugs, including one that billed you repeatedly for one subscription.

The response: Lead designer Bill Roper said only 3% of users ran into the billing issue. He later came clean with Gamasutra about his time on Hellgate London and Flagship, painting a dark, dreary picture of business models and good intentions gone awry.

We hated it because: Hellgate had a huge Halloween launch (they had a massive party in San Francisco with a line that stretched around the block) so we rightfully assumed the game we’d be playing the next day would work. That was not the case, ultimately leading to its servers being shut down and then revived in 2010 as a free to play MMO.

How’s about you? Got any woeful tales of your brand-new games or hardware getting a slice of the ol’ dick pie? Let us know in the comments!



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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.

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