talking about bad discs . . .

Discussion in 'PC Gaming Discussion' started by Webslinger, Feb 25, 2009.

  1. Webslinger

    Webslinger Retired Moderator

    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!

    ;)
     
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  2. Webslinger

    Webslinger Retired Moderator

    And no, SamuriHL and Drinklyenanddie, I will not get a blog. :disagree:

    ;)
     
  3. SamuriHL

    SamuriHL Retired Moderator

    Weird. My Steam games are never corrupt like that. :p :D
     
  4. Webslinger

    Webslinger Retired Moderator

    .

    :rolleyes:

    Sims 2 isn't available from Steam. And even if it were, my g/f (much like I do) prefers having the physical package and a printed manual.
     
  5. SamuriHL

    SamuriHL Retired Moderator

    Yea, but, it makes the case for a good backup. In your case, you couldn't even get that far. Physical media has its limitations unfortunately. You couldn't just redownload it. You had to go back to the store...twice. So while I do understand the physical packaging issue, it's still a pain at times like that.
     
  6. Webslinger

    Webslinger Retired Moderator

    I suppose. However, the game also wasn't available from Steam, regardless (and E.A's downloadable service is another can of worms). Also, while I know many PC gamers like Steam, I have a slight problem in principle with being forced to log into an online service each and every time I'm playing a single player game, but that's another conversation.

    Since Gamejackal works with Sims2, that to me, is by far, the preferable choice.
     
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  7. SamuriHL

    SamuriHL Retired Moderator

    Yup, that works.
     
  8. Webslinger

    Webslinger Retired Moderator

    Anyway, my overall point in writing the first post was that although I was aware of people buying bad original discs, I was never really hit with how widespread the problem could be. The number of bad pressings for the Sims 2 was mind-boggling (more so, because it affected me . . . a lot of times, in life, it's really easy to not consider an issue until it affects you). Due to cost-cutting measures, especially with respect to where discs are made, bad original disc, whether they are dvd-video movies, PC games, Blu-rays, etc., are becoming more commonplace.
     
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  9. SamuriHL

    SamuriHL Retired Moderator

    It's been common place for a while now. You only need to look at the forums for "bad disc" to see how many bad presses, bad authoring, badly mfg'd discs there are out there. It's insane. In the rush to increase profits in these dire economic times the problem will likely get worse.
     
  10. Webslinger

    Webslinger Retired Moderator

    Yeah, I know. And I've been around helping people troubleshoot read issues long before you even met me online. It's just that for a few days in September 2004 when the Sims 2 was released, the reality of bad pressings never hit me fully.

    Yep :(
     
  11. Webslinger

    Webslinger Retired Moderator

    In fact, I've never encountered anything as severe again either, but I'm sure I will.