Software malfunctions and spilt drinks top list of console damage claims, according to UK insurer

Software bugs, split drinks and the dreaded 'Red Ring of Death' are three of the top five culprits behind console insurance claims according to data collected by the online gadget insurance company,

In its continuing mission to educate the gaming public (or drum up more business with fear), the UK-based outfit has revealed a list of the most common console killers. They are:

1. Software problems (33%)
2. Spilt drink (24%)
3. Hardware failure (16%)
4. ‘Red Ring of Death’ (14%)
5. Game stuck in machine (5%)

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Anyone's who's been a gamer for more than one week can likely relate to at least one or two items on this list. And while each are infuriating in their own right, perhaps the more pressing is the news that people actually pay for console insurance. This is a thing?

Incredulity aside, what's your worst gaming disaster?

Nov 15, 2010

[Source: Siliconera]

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  • Fleshcrawl - November 16, 2010 5:52 a.m.

    I got my chode jammed in the disc tray of a Playstation 2 once.
  • shemhamforash - November 16, 2010 4:52 a.m.

    Couple of RRoD's aside my worst gaming-related (self inflicted) accident was when I hit myself to head with a Nintendo Game&Watch as a kid. The reason for this was a frustrating game over and the unit (Donkey Kong Jr.) broke almost into two pieces. To this day I haven't found out how my mom managed to get a free replacement from the store. :|
  • CH3BURASHKA - November 16, 2010 3:24 a.m.

    RIP Shane. I sure do miss him. How close are you to your consoles that you'd be spilling liquids on it?
  • MattoMcFly - November 16, 2010 2:17 a.m.

    I'm on my 3rd XBox. Although, to be fair, I did buy my last one from some shady dude off of Kajiji.
  • Hypermonkey262 - November 16, 2010 midnight

    We all miss him lolwarf. Also Im proud to say I havent had a system die this gen, but I did pull my Gamecube off a shelf once...that didnt end well.
  • gibsonend - November 15, 2010 11:35 p.m.

    I've spilled beer in and on many different things, but thank the Maker that into or on my PS3 has never been one of them!
  • pr0tostar - November 15, 2010 11:27 p.m.

    Haha, wow. I had my first drink spill on a console last night, and saw this today. (All's well, just a bit of water on the surface)
  • JADENkOTOR - November 15, 2010 10:51 p.m.

    Please tell me you are just pretending to drink Cristal out of paper cups....... Everyone knows you drink that shit straight out the bottle... rookies
  • Cleanser247 - November 15, 2010 10:24 p.m.

    My has broken down over eight times. It's had red rings, hardware failures, and graphics issues. Luckily, I had warranty.
  • Crabhand - November 15, 2010 9:55 p.m.

    Nothing special, my first 360 red ringed a year after I got it, out of warranty and before they extended the RRoD warranty to three years (I was able to get it replaced when the policy began). I bought a new 360 later that week and I now have two of a system that utterly failed me and should have earned my ire. But several hundred dollars worth of Rock Band equipment and DLC keep me loyal.
  • AurA - November 15, 2010 9:22 p.m.

    I remember the very frist day i got my first xbox 360 the first game i put in (PGR 3) as soon as the tray closed i knocked over the console and ruined the disk. My little brothers were not impressed
  • gamingfreak - November 15, 2010 9:16 p.m.

    I take extremely good care of my consoles and games. So my stuff rarely breaks down (I have a working NES). The only time something broke on me was my PS3. It stopped turning on for some reason. So I sent it in and had it fixed.
  • yoyoguy - November 15, 2010 9:05 p.m.

    my god how old is that picture?
  • WonsAuto - November 15, 2010 8:53 p.m.

    My sister spilled OJ onto my laptop last year, which was ... annoying. Also, RIP Pane Shatterson.
  • Sy87 - November 15, 2010 8:47 p.m.

    What about gamer got angry and slammed the tv? You know that happens more than you think.
  • SwaggerPancakes - November 15, 2010 8:23 p.m.

    Doritos stains wedge in controller and/or disc tray a surprising N/A.
  • Lolwarf - November 15, 2010 8:16 p.m.

    I miss Shane :(
  • Tenfey - November 15, 2010 8:11 p.m.

    Is that Payne Shatterson I spy?
  • WugaWuga - November 15, 2010 8:11 p.m.

    well my xbox broke my rainbows six vegas 1 in half whilst playing then later my friend went to play my xbox when I was out of the house and didnt realize how to open the disc tray and took pliers to it and ripped it open
  • Aeshir - November 15, 2010 8:04 p.m.

    Liquids like, maybe a really small dog pissed in a bucket of popcorn?

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