All this talk about defective dvd-video and defective blu-ray (poorly manufactured discs) movies (just from troubleshooting in the forums), I just remembered my worst purchasing experience. I remember when Sims 2 was released for the PC; I went out to a mall to buy a copy (for my girlfriend, I swear ). I came home, and peeled away the plastic wrap. I popped the disc in my girlfriend's system and started the install. Everything seemed normal. After a minutes, I started getting these crazy read errors. I popped the disc out. Turned it over. I tilted the disc under a strong light, and I remember getting that huge sinking feeling when I saw the not so uncommon white water-like (under the surface) smearing appearance . . . I knew the disc was screwed. I remember being really annoyed by the whole experience (wasting my time . . . having to go back and forth to the store). So, of course, I went back to the store. I managed to get the salesgirl to allow me to attempt to install the game on one of their in-store laptops. Of course, the install didn't work. So she gave me another copy of the Sims 2. lol. Yeah, again, I stupidly head back home without opening the game and looking at the disc. I go to install the game again, and again the same damn thing happens. Just brutal . . . I remember cursing a lot at this point. Anyway, the next day, I called back and complained. I went back in. The same salesgirl was there. lol. I'm really laughing remembering this. I recall her almost pleading in a whispered voice, "No. You've got to be kidding." Anyway, we go through the rest of the copies in the store. Over 15 of them . . . just opening them all up. All defective. Seriously, it was maddening. Eventually the store manager showed up. He couldn't believe it either. Later on, I found out that a lot of people during the week the Sims 2 was released were also going through the same experience. A lot of stores didn't have any problems with their copies of the Sims 2. But a a few did . . . I felt some small comfort knowing that I wasn't alone. Good ol' Maxis, a division of E.A. They also had me jumping through hoops when Spore was released: http://forum.slysoft.com/showpost.php?p=134979&postcount=3 I'm sure there's a lesson to be learned here somewhere, I guess. Something about being a pawn of capitalism, cost-cutting, and mass production . . . Or maybe I'm just too freaking stupid. Nah, it's all Will Wright's fault. Screw you, Will Wright. Screw you!