Technical Malfunction (

By:Troy Roberts
Date: Friday, June 18, 2004

As much enjoyment as games can be, there are a lot of times when games can make you so mad that you would almost swear never to play one again. When looking for a topic tonight to write on (since James kindly went to San Francisco, sans internet access), I was having trouble thinking of one until it hit me: write about what just happened.

I picked up a copy of ELDER SCROLLS III: MORROWIND tonight for my new laptop. For some reason, I haven't received a single copy of any of the versions that have come out for the PC or the Xbox. Having wanted to play them for so long, I finally picked up a copy of the PC version tonight at my local GameStop. After choosing to install the game, I am presented with a severe error message and the name and number of a person to call. What the heck? I've wanted to play this game for quite a while, and now I have to wait until tomorrow. It isn't that I'm angry at the game for not working, I'm just angry at the whole situation.

Thinking back, probably one of the most infuriating PC games that came out last year was CHAOS LEGION, the port of the hit PS2 game. I'm not sure what happened with this one, but apparently Capcom shipped it basically unfinished, and the only way it could be played was via a patch created by someone outside of the company. In the end, I think most of the copies were recalled by most retailers to avoid further problems.

Why do things like this happen to us gamers? Everyone has been in a situation like this before, I'm sure. Whether it be a new game you've purchased not working for one reason or another, a missing disc from the game box or just some kind of technical malfunction, we have all gone through this at least once in our lives. Sure, those "disc dirty or damaged" error messages may be our own fault, but there are a lot of them that aren't!

Feel free to write to us at and tell us of your most frustrating moments with PC games. We'll publish a few in next week's column.


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