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