Halo house Bungie tells Next-Gen that it is working on something super-secret to rectify a situation that saw the Xbox 360 repair service wipe the nostalgia from one fan's console.
I felt bad for him.
...nice to see some decent people still exist.
but the real story is, was it really wiped clean? I hope they investigate before giving the kid the world.
Agreed, another reason why Bungie is so popular. For their ARG, the people who opened the first two servers received prize packages like T-Shirts and posters, while the people who opened the last 3 received nothing... until Bungie stepped in an politely asked Microsoft to pander to their most hardcore fans.
I love how stories like this don't get any comments, but the ones about the RROD have +200 comments in less than 20 minutes. Goes to show you that people want to complain, and nothing more. Good for this kid, I'm glad that Bungie recognized his enthusiasm and didn't blow him off because he had to mod his console to keep it alive.
good for him =]
Yay for Bungie! That's nice of them.
This is the first time I've ever publicly questioned someone's "disagree" vote... but seriously. What's to disagree with? It's not nice of Bungie? If you'd like, I could revise it to: "Boo Bungie! (But it was a nice gesture)"
i don't see why you got the first disagree... but i have just added one, loool, just for fun.. anyway it is nice to see devs cater to their fans. PS: if you agree with, hit the disagree button... and if you disagree, you also use the same button...
so is this going to lead to every whiney cry baby on the internet posting their Xbox sob stories in hopes that some "higher up" will "rectify their situation"?
You must be a bitter and jaded person... In light of something truly positive and rewarding as gamers you have to make such a negative comment... If you were in this guy's situation I know you would have reacted the same way he did...
Although...you have to admit, what he is saying is not completely impossible, gamers CAN be a very, very jealous bunch of people at times.
Why would I be bitter and jaded? Do you live a sheltered life or something? Do you not see where this can lead too? Post an Xbox 360 horror story and hope it sticks with someone "higher up" to get some freebies. I've seen terminal cancer patients who would love to have a 360 whine less then this person and certainly get less attention. Rewarding as gamers?? If this is a highlight in your daily rewards you need to get out more.
well this wouldnt be a problem if only had MS actually repaired the console instead of just replacing it with another broken box.
And you, sir, are an asshole. Just what I'd expect from someone with THAT screen name.
I apologize was my vernacular above your comprehension level? I can see where you come from but to expect this to become an issue is speculation and a poor outlook on life... This is more then just greed my negative compatriot... This story is that of morality, had microsoft not screwed him over on selling him a broken product and then failed to cover his console because he attempted to fix something that had no impact on the rrod to then just clean off his rare artwork and signatures we would be at a different juncture... How can you stand by and give microsoft yet another free pass for their blunders? Just because every bob, jo, and suzy may write in with a sob story doesn't mean it will transpire as this was handle by bungie and not microsoft.. Bungie felt for this gentleman due to the fact that alot of pride was put into his console and was even signed by bungie staff to only be wiped away and not apologized for or rectified that it deserved attention... The overwhelming outpouring of support from ALL gamers convinced bungie to do this.. This in and of itself is a source of pride and respect for gamers in lieu of all the negative gaming alliances that have formed around each respective console. Look I am not a fan of the 360 but the fact that bungie is willing to go the extra mile to take care of the people that support them is overwhelmingly positive and quite frankly rare in today's age... You can be bitter and speculate that this will only unleash a flood of opportunistic centric people that only care about "getting their's" all you want but the positive message being sent out by bungie is HUGE... You and your bad attitude can slink back into your cave of a room and continue to be mr grinch's protege....
Just as we should look on the bright side of life, we need to keep our feet on the ground, and take a look at the 'bitter' aspect of life, because it exists, and if you fail to realise that, you lose touch with reality.
Indeed the negative side of life is an ever present factor that cannot be ignored. However if you allow the fear or hatred of that fact guide your thoughts and decisions is a mistake. How can you ever enjoy life if you live in fear of the bad? Life was never promised to be this candy canes and marshmallows ride that never dissapointed you, in fact most of your adolescence is spent enjoying what you can and then preparing for how harsh life is... My point in all of my ranting is this, if no body stands up for whats right and just in this life then whats the point? Why do we rise out of bed, go to work, or school, come home... Wash, rinse, repeat.. You know, I love that bungie is standing up for those of us who couldnt gain an audience with the likes of microsoft or sony for that matter.... Its refreshing at best..... You get bubbles though for being mature...
I'm not saying we have to all turn emo, live in fear of disappointment, and cry, just that we should acknowledge, and embrace the negative side of life. I'm sure no-one here is a particularly unfortunate individual, and thus should appreciate all that they get, in contrast to the piddly amount that the poor souls who happened to have been born to worse-off parents, or live in a country being torn apart through exploitation of its people and natural resources by warlords, corrupt politicians, etc. If we don't acknowledge the darker side to life, we forget those less fortunate than us, and we become ignorant. We can acknowledge the negatives in life,and appreciate what we have at the same time. I know I'm looking too deep into a simple matter, though, so I'm gonna shut up now. Cheers for the bubble, I'll give you one, too :)
This coming from a person that's tracked by 1 user (probably another asshole) and ignored by 50 others? Your comment doesn't mean much. How does it feel to be a hypocrite when you whine about whiners? Make that 51.
I knew he was going to get hooked up for that fiasco, can't wait to see what they do.
So I guess this story was true afterall? Seems like all those people implying that it was fabricated to make MS look bad owe somebody an apology, huh? MS didn't need anyone else to make them look bad, they do just fine on their own.
why is bungie doing this??? MS should be the one trying to repair the damages.
Because Bungie was the one to sign the thing in the first place. Did you want Microsoft to forge Bungie's signatures or something?
I want MS to ask Bungie to sign it.
NObody wanted that to happen to a fellow gamer
Its good to see Bungie to step in and try to replace what the kid lost.
I dont like halo, but that is cool beans claps for bungie
has all the clap they can handle. BAZING!
woah..do i even wana ask what all that white stuff is?? ....i guess there really arent any mods here..
Mods are here, we're always here. Just because he insults a developer doesn't mean it needs to be deleted right away.
He was talking about 6.1 not 6.0 and the avatar I believe. The "white stuff" in reference to whatever is all over the lady's butt. Granted 6.1's avatar is a little tacky its better then the overt perversion in the one that goes by Getpwn and all the various incarnations of said name.
it's soap bubbles. And, for the record, that wasn't an insult. It was downright HILARIOUS.
Good job, Bungie.
He will be crying on the net again soon when this special Bungie 360 breaks
purple star for you and detention to MS repairs dept
we better beat milan today
Bungie take care of their own.
What's to disagree with ?
Your simply presence in here is a disagree....ahahahahahah!!!!!
I kinda wish Bungie wouldn't have said anything about this, by doing this they just game MS a free pass.
I have to disagree with you, even though they are rectifying microsofts blunder they are however fixing it on their own accord and out of microsoft control... This just shows the attitude of popular conscience going forward that microsoft does not care about its customer or their best interests.. As long as microsoft makes a buck they are happy.... Bungie gained soo much respect from the gaming community as a whole, even anti 360 minds all the while casting a shadow on the almighty microsoft.... This is my opinion though and will be interesting how this materializes.
Don't send it in when it RROD's!!!
Dude, why did you have to jinx it?
I was hoping someone would step-up to the plate. Sure as hell knew it wouldn't be M$.
Great news for a gamer. Maybe somebody at bungie remembered the fan and that it was fvcked up that the repair center would wipe it clean. Overall great outcome.
Yeah, now the guy owns two and can sell one on ebay. You know that cleaning story was a joke, right? It has to be
Nice thing to do Bungie, but make sure you tell the boy to put the Xbox in a glass case and keep it as a trophy and not use it cause it might get RROD again.
Actually u may be right. The kid may keep it as a relic or something and not use it again. We all know most 360 eventually rrod.
how about if that guy and the repairman was in on it? I know he is getting something sweet...
They're a great studio, and they really care about their community.
I didnt think it was anyone elses responsibility besides the person who sent it in, but its nice to see that they will get something better(probaly) for their anguish. Mabe he wont have to use this one now that he has a white one too.
It may be the responsibility of the consumer for any thing on the console that was not there when purchased but it comes down to two things... For one its principal that microsoft would clean that kind of thing off and also he even made the pr guy on the phone assure that his artwork would remain in tact even going as far as to include a hand written plea to protect his artwork... I think its time we as gamers stand up and make companies responsible for their decisions....
but things like this were not choices by microsoft and its why every cup of coffe says "hot" so people cant blame others for there mistakes. If someone wiped it they are a deuc h but I dont see how any company is responsible for this because it really is one employee who just thought they were doing their job, or wre extra angry that day(wouldent you if you had to fix 360s all day, and then give someone special treatment cause of some drawings). Mabe it wasnt wiped but a new console with the same serial codes, do we expect them to give everyone special treatment cause there is a drawing on it? I have a 360 and when it breaks I expect it to be fixed, nothing more nothing less. If this guy had the best buy warrenty like me he would be S.O.L. cause I doubt the'd let em keep both. So basicaly microsoft is evil for doing something that other companies do all the time. He had a choice to choose between games or pics/sigs, he chose games and found out what was important to him real quick. I just see ALOT of people busting out the sharpies right now and then everyones "special 360" must be taken care of or we have to read the story, which isnt news and doesn't mean poop for the rest of us. When the 360 broke he really shoulda put it away and saved it for selling or memories, just like any collector would. You may think I like microsoft or something, but I dont, Even I know not to entrust something that supposedly means so much to you to anyone else, let alone a huge company who has no idea what is going on beyond their own little section/task.
why is everyone ignoring the important factor here? THE 360 Red ringed, is it that normal that the real issue here is bungie replacing the systems artwork? if it is...its real sad. good news for this dude though...that is until his 360 rrod again. then we will be reading about this allll again.
Bungie are top notch guys. Glad to see it.
developers with a heart (i.e. still being human).
this is extremely rediculous
are hating on this kid is ridiculous because he had his 360 signed by the people at Bungie. His 360 broke and he told the people that his 360 had been signed and he wanted the orginal case back. That didnt happen, infact they wiped it clean and left marks were they wiped it clean. Good on Bungie for signing another 360. Don't try to act the story is the 360 breaking, because lots of 360's break, and some kid that spent his time and money to get one signed and then have it break and not come back is crap. Stop being fanboys for one second and realise that if you had a game console signed by devolpers you like and it broke and you couldn't get that one back, you know you would be pissed.
Nice post...I couldn't have said it better myself. +1 to you dude.
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My respect for bungie definetly increased. :) Good for them.
of them to do. i mean, i know what it's like to lose something very sentimental or important to you (a few years ago, my car was broken into while i was paying my phone bill in the store, and my backpack was stolen. my GBA was in there, as well as a PS1 memory card with a complete FFVII game on it, but that wasn't important. the devastating part is that my backpack was full of 3 *YEARS worth of notes and drawings for a project i was working on at the time. sketches, scripts, concepts, the *WORKS was in that backback. the police didn't give a rats ass and i never got my backpack, or my artwork back). it's awesome that Bungie feels for this kid and are planning on doing something for him. they didn't *HAVE to, but it's cool. and it works out to the benefit of all involved. the kid gets some sort of compensation, and Bungie gets some nice press. it's a win/win, really. if only Activision and EA would reimburse us for the *DECADES of mediocre licensed drivel they've shoveled at us...
Only thing I disagree with you on: Activision has, IMO, put out some good games (I just NOW got my hands on COD4, and that is freakin AWESOME). They actually do a pretty good job at trying to make THEIR licenses WORTH something. EA, on the other hand,...
and *BUYING Guitar Hero, i beg to differ. i worked for Activision for two years, testing such "greats" as Spider-Man 2 (great swing engine, but *NOTHING else in that game), X-Men Legends (fun enough game, but nothing AAA worthy), and i was the floor lead on the Gamecube version of Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (unfortunately). outside of a few games, Activision isn't even close to being on par with a Sony, Nintendo, Capcom, Konami, Naughty Dog, Insomniac, Bungie, or Epic in terms of how many quality games they've released in their over 20 year history. for every Tony Hawk 2, there's 4 or five other games (True Crime series, anyone), that bring that average down. they are a company that specializes in making *MONEY, not making quality games. everybody gets one, however, and Call of Duty 4 is certainly a crown jewel in their cap. Guitar Hero was good *BEFORE Activision bought it, so there are no surprises for me that part 3 was also good. i guess after playing games for so long, i'm just sick of the shovelware that companies like EA and Activision spew out on a regular basis. they aren't the only companies that do this, but they notorious for it. look at Kane and Lynch, that game sells 1.4 million units, when a gems like Uncharted and Ratchet and Clank have to *STRUGGLE to get over 700,000 units sold. the mainstream media is primarily to blame, sure, but that doesn't excuse these big companies releasing a constant stream of *CRAP.
I concur, my figgy friend! A bubble to you... even if you don't exactly need anymore :)
That is that this could really screw with Bungie's relationship with MS, since that was Bungie that had to step in for MS's cruel, heartless, uncalled for blunder. I'm not quite up to speed on what the exact relationship between them is (owned by MS, deal with them, something), but this could've made Bungie think a second about why did MS really need to do this. I guess where I'm getting at here is that MS may want to be a bit more careful about pissing off Bungie. If it's at all possible that they could do it, Bungie may be thinking "wonder if Sony or Nintendo might treat a kid like that better than MS did". Microsoft should be DAMN lucky this thing didn't blow up more than it did, or it may have had some BAD adverse effects that could've really cost them. Halo on the PS3, though? Wonder what that could look like in that "what if" scenario.
You are looking "WAY" too far into this one.
Am I? Bungie has to rectify MS's error. I wouldn't blame them if they were somewhat pissed that they did that to something that they did for this kid to begin with.