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Sony Officially Warns of Viewtiful Joe 2 Glitch

timothy posted more than 9 years ago | from the hide-the-children dept.

PlayStation (Games) 22

jZnat writes "Gamespot reports that Sony has made an official announcement warning gamers that the Holiday 2004 Demo disk, which includes the Viewtiful Joe 2 demo, will erase all memory cards in the system at that time. This was originally publicized by Playstation Underground, and now Sony has bit the bullet and confirmed it." Update: 11/27 22:38 GMT by T : Curt Feldman of Gamespot pointed out that his site's name had been garbled as "Gamepost"; no longer.

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Odd (3, Interesting)

eeg3 (785382) | more than 9 years ago | (#10932438)

You can't save your status while playing a demo. So, why would a Demo Disc even affect the Memory Card? I wonder if this is a glitch or a disgruntled employee... this isn't made at EA, is it?

Re:Odd (3, Informative)

McKinney83 (687821) | more than 9 years ago | (#10932592)

Nope. Viewtiful Joe (and VJ 2) is made by Capcom []

Re:Odd (1)

FLAGGR (800770) | more than 9 years ago | (#10932712)

The height of humour, this one.

2 Holiday demos disks (3, Informative)

Collision891 (814593) | more than 9 years ago | (#10932464)

Apparently a lot of people have been getting multiple demo disks that do not have Viewtiful Joe 2 on them, but instead have Area 51, Prince of Persia 2, and Metal Gear Solid 3 demos replacing some of original demos.

Luckily i got my disk the day after i got my email so i took out my memory cards.

Lol (2, Funny)

MeatBlast (834728) | more than 9 years ago | (#10932633)

Hm, seems sony has been hiring the EA rejects.

Re:Lol (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10932926)

Boston is shit. Congrats to the 2005 World Champion Yanks.

Re:Lol (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10933598)

You are a sad human being.

Re:Lol (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10935319)

At least he's not from Boston, the launching point of the terrorist attacks that killed 3000 people. And what happens to Massachusetts, the state responsible for 9/11? Nothing. Nothing at all.

They continue to waste some billions of dollars on a road improvement project to build a new highway... underground. Why underground? Who knows. Apparently the concept of "streets go above ground" was missed by the brilliant minds in Massachusetts.

It would explain the senators.

Re:Lol (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10935979)

As opposed to New York, which has always been the model of civic responsibility.

Re:Lol (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10936062)

When was the last time a New York police officer had to kill a baseball fan?

recall (1)

hiroshi912681 (589840) | more than 9 years ago | (#10932805)

there's NO excuse for not putting a recall on this. there's not much you can do about the people who get the magazine via mail (other than warn them with a nice letter, or offer a replacement), but they could at least pull the known bad copies off the shelves of bookstores and whatnot before any further damage is done. because, who doesn't leave their memory card in the system when they're not playing it?

Re:recall (2, Interesting)

Starsmore (788910) | more than 9 years ago | (#10933127)

IIRC, this is an item being mailed out directly to those signed up for the Playstation Underground.

Kind of like the Jampack demo discs you could buy in EB, except for free.

So it's not a matter of recalling bad copies off the shelves... these are being shipped directly to the customer. Granted, yes, Sony could recall them all, but it's probably easier for them, both operations-wise and financially, to just say 'hey, don't leave your memory cards in your PS2 when you play this demo' to all the people getting this disc.

Of course, I got the "You'll soon be receiving the Holiday Demo Disc" email like two weeks ago, but not demo, so I don't know if I should be angry, or relieved.

Re:recall (2, Insightful)

superpulpsicle (533373) | more than 9 years ago | (#10933522)

3rd party memory card devices and demo CDs are notorious for these kinds of problems. I am amazed they make a fuss about this.

If you have never had a memory card wiped out by some bug in some game EVER, consider yourself extremely lucky.

Re:recall (1)

Detritus (11846) | more than 9 years ago | (#10933866)

I've never had a memory card get wiped by a game. The last time I had a floppy wiped by a software bug was in the 8088 era.

I assumed there was some standard code in the console firmware for saving and loading games.

Slashdot.. (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10933222)

Reported this last week. Why beat a dead horse? Oh thats right, /. is run by ####### nintentrolls

Re:Slashdot.. (5, Informative)

SetupWeasel (54062) | more than 9 years ago | (#10933613)

Slashdot? Nintentrolls? That's like saying the media is biased to the left.

This is an important story for the slashdot world. People here love video games, and they spend a LOT of time on them. A bug like this ruins much more than one game, it can ruin every game you play. Even people who could be described as "Nintentrolls" (I'm proud to be one of them) know that demo discs are not going to be tested to the same extent as an actual game.

So make sure people know, and save them grief. I say "Thank you Slashdot for news we can use!"

Next trick (3, Funny)

KBV (732207) | more than 9 years ago | (#10933448)

And now for their next trick, they will make the battery life of the PSP actually go beyond 4 hours!

good thing (2, Funny)

focitrixilous P (690813) | more than 9 years ago | (#10933915)

VJ 2 has the new 'replay' power, so you can bring all your data back by completing the demo!

I'll be here all week, folks!

Re:good thing (1)

KDR_11k (778916) | more than 9 years ago | (#10934197)

VJ 2 has the new 'replay' power, so you can bring all your data back by completing the demo!

Too bad replay doesn't take an action back but instead repeats it three times for even more damage...

I can't help myself (2, Funny)

Adrilla (830520) | more than 9 years ago | (#10934458)

All Your Save Are Belong to Us!!

gamestop (1)

andy_fish (557104) | more than 9 years ago | (#10938831)

Yeah, stop misspelling the name of Gamestop, they're a great store

It kicked my ass. (3, Interesting)

Anthony Boyd (242971) | more than 9 years ago | (#10941558)

A friend came over to show me Burnout 3, but we couldn't get my PS2 online. I realized that I had left it on overnight, and left it on the hardware screen that allows you to pick the memory cards. I assumed that my 3 year-old son had probably button-mashed the thing. When I checked, everything on the card -- 3 years of saved games -- was gone. I was sooo pissed at my kid. I didn't punish him, as he's not old enough to really know what losing 3 years of play-time means. But he probably wondered why I was sooo curt and grumpy all day. And then the next day I got the card in my mail, realized that I had played that demo disk the night before, and felt like a jerk for blaming my boy.

Awww shit. I just realized, I lost the saved games for Baldur's Gate. I was stuck on that stupid stone-jumping area for WEEKS. I suck at platformers. I will never be able to get past that again. Damn!

My 6 year-old daughter and I had been playing Gauntlet together since she was 4. We were on the 2nd-to-last world. Damn damn!

You know what? I don't care what demos are on that disk. I'm going to go crack it in half. #(&$@#%!!!!

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