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Wipeout HD Fails Epilepsy Testing

Fans of the long-running futuristic racing franchise were hoping to see it at E3 last week, but Wipeout HD has mysteriously disappeared. Want to know why? It failed epilepsy tests.

No, we're not kidding. According to CVG, while the game is basically ready to go, it failed the aforementioned tests, which means the game must be "re-engineered" before it can hit store shelves. It appears that saying the game features brain-melting speed isn't as far from reality as one would hope... Now, we have no idea how long the "re-engineering" process will take, but we wonder about the actual process. What exactly can they do to pass these tests? Tone down the speed? The number and frequency of flashing lights? And perhaps more importantly, what the heck is an epilepsy test? How do you test for that type of thing? We assume they're not taking an unfortunate individual afflicted with the disease and just sticking 'em in front of the TV, because that would be barbaric.

Anyway, there's no telling when we can expect Wipeout HD now, but Sony had best work to make this game a little less dangerous. We don't really pay attention to epilepsy tests for games, but maybe we should. If they don't pass, they simply don't get made.

Related Game(s): Wipeout HD

7/22/2008 Ben Dutka

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Comments (19 posts)

Zapix
Tuesday, July 22, 2008 @ 10:34:20 PM
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I'm willing to risk a fatal seizure for Wipeout! The whole point of the game is that 'brain-melting' speed!

I've always said, if there's any reality to 'jedi reflexes' Wipeout is the one to put it to the test!

bah, and I plan to play on a my 73" hdtv... bring it! I'm looking forward to my eyes exploding and passing out from the visual adrenaline rush of Wipeout... And I'm sure there isn't a Wipeout fan who would agree with on that statement! The rush is what it's all about!

Further, how did they come across this problem? What, did one or two of the developers just drop dead while playing around with it on a coffee break? O.o No wonder it's going slow, they're all dropping dead trying to make it!

better yet, just rename the faster versions "Epilepsy Speed - You might drop dead on this mode! Play with extreme caution and pleasure!"

Ugh, Ben, you just made me want to play this game even more now! I'm foaming at the mouth wanting to play this game, which I've been wanting to play since day one!

Last edited by Zapix on 7/22/2008 10:41:35 PM

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Annihilator221
Wednesday, July 23, 2008 @ 7:40:28 AM

Exactly. I couldn't have said it better. :D I want my WipeOut nooow!!!

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Odd Child
Wednesday, July 23, 2008 @ 11:20:51 AM

I'd Love to be a video game tester for this "epileptic test" even if i do get epilepsy. :)

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Bugzbunny109
Tuesday, July 22, 2008 @ 10:35:33 PM
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Ben you dont know what a epilepsy test is? AND YOU CALL YOURSELF A GAMER!

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, July 23, 2008 @ 12:48:43 AM

I know what epilepsy is and I know about the disease's history with video games. I said I don't know what an epilepsy TEST for games is...and I really don't.

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John Shoemaker
Tuesday, July 22, 2008 @ 10:49:18 PM
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God damn it. I've been waiting for this game for months and now it will take longer for it to come out. I don't care if it failed the test, release it anyway with a huge warning.

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Tatsujin
Tuesday, July 22, 2008 @ 11:01:04 PM
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Ummm. I have no fu**ing idea wtf an epilepsy test is... and yes, Ben is a gamer.. not some guy that thinks learning every word on earth along with it's meaning is a necessaty, because if it was... let me tell you people... I would have been LONG gone by now.

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Bugzbunny109
Wednesday, July 23, 2008 @ 2:32:32 PM

hey stop defending Ben, you are making me look bad, lol just kidding

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Booshwa
Tuesday, July 22, 2008 @ 11:11:53 PM
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Well, another game got delayed, how am I not suprised. How about they release what they got now and plaster "play at your own risk" notices all over it.

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Aftab
Wednesday, July 23, 2008 @ 12:36:29 AM
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Amen, Zapix. This was the reason I got the ps3. I loved wipeoutxl just because of it's "epilepsy-inducing" effects. I mean the games from before had the warning in the manuals. And if a person doesn't know they have epilepsy, better them "finding out" in front of a TV than driving, or operating heavy machinery. Smells like a publicized excuse to me. What the hell is an epilepsy test? Volunteer epileptics, and have them play till they have seizures? Come on. And who would be doing the testing? FDA or maybe MSRB? Bologna. There obviously having problems with server management and online play.

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MirrorSoul
Wednesday, July 23, 2008 @ 12:46:37 AM
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SPEAKER 1:"I VOTE WE RELEASE IT WITH THE MIND INDUCING EPILESY"
MAN 1:"I SECOND THAT"
MAN 2:"HERE HERE I THIRD THAT"
...........................................................Im jus tryin to state how much I want this game lol

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infekt
Wednesday, July 23, 2008 @ 1:05:17 AM
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This was the so called issue that 'no region' has been able to fix?

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fatchad420
Wednesday, July 23, 2008 @ 2:35:31 AM
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In regards to fixing the issue one could assume all they would need to do is tone down some of the textures and make it less flashy, this could be done without having to recode the game.

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Naga
Wednesday, July 23, 2008 @ 7:11:58 AM
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Who the hell made up the idea for a epilepsy test for WipEout. Is this a huge problem that Liverpool Studios can't fix Its an excuse

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ThePoetRazel
Wednesday, July 23, 2008 @ 7:32:40 AM
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Ben, epilepsy is not a disease. It's a neurological disorder. Some sufferers take offense to it being called a disease.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, July 23, 2008 @ 10:00:02 AM
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A disorder in the Psychology world is often considered a disease. Neurological is part of it...you can interpret it both ways.

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Aftab
Wednesday, July 23, 2008 @ 9:01:24 PM
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Agreed. Disease is "disorder", physically. And epilepsy, though neurological, is physical, otherwise you would call it "psychological" as opposed to "neurological". Let's split more hairs!

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ZubraZap
Thursday, July 24, 2008 @ 1:56:25 AM
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This has actually happened before anybody recall the game REZ for the PS2?

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Aftab
Thursday, July 24, 2008 @ 2:23:42 PM
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Here's a link to an article claiming otherwise....http://www.totalvideogames.com/news/Wipeout_HD_Delay_Official_Response__Trophies__Splitscreen_13555_6787_0.htm

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