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Is The PS3 Version Of FFXIII Facing Freezing issues?

Most everyone will tell you the PS3 version of Final Fantasy XIII is the superior version, but a few users have complained of freezing issues.

According to Kotaku, there are multiple examples of one particular freezing point in FFXIII. One reader says it continues to happen in the same spot and other players on the official PlayStation boards have also mentioned similar occurrences. However, it appears that the majority - if not all - of the problems seems to affect those with original 60GB PS3 consoles. So we're trying to see who has had FFXIII freeze on their PS3, and if they have an older model. If the problem is widespread, Sony and Square-Enix will have to address the problem at some point, but honestly, this is the first we're hearing about such issues. Usually, we hear about them pretty quickly; our readers will expose crashing and freezing either in the Comments section under the game review, or perhaps in the forums, and that hasn't happened. But now's your chance: if you can relate to these issues with the PS3 version of FFXIII, let us know below. Also, feel free to pipe up if everything is fine.

Really, the power of the people has come into its own this generation; with so many gamers contributing online, it doesn't take long to spot a problem, and developers and publishers know they can't ignore 'em.

Related Game(s): Final Fantasy XIII

3/16/2010 12:32:07 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (160 posts)

Bromus398
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 12:43:26 PM
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I've made it to the last boss of the story without a single freeze up, and I've got a first gen. 60 gig.

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main_event05
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 12:45:08 PM

Same. My 60 gig has never failed me.

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Godslim
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 12:58:03 PM

its never failed u.....lol its only a waiting game

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sunspider13
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 2:40:59 PM

@godslim
Jinx it why don't you? and while you're at it, I have a button for the US stockpile of nukes that you can push while you're at it.


Last edited by sunspider13 on 3/16/2010 2:41:25 PM

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SnipeySnake
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 5:16:07 PM

Wow....your at the last boss? I'm getting stuck on so many bosses im scared to even think about the last boss.

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Godslim
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 6:26:15 PM

lol i knew i would get super thumbs down! Oh yeh i say that coz i know so many people who have had their 60gbs die on them including myself twice!

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Underdog15
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 6:38:44 PM

lol fake PS3-er xbox360 fanboy?

I still haven't heard of anyone I know with a failed PS3. Perhaps leaving it on in a poorly ventilated and insulated spot for 24 hours a day is to blame? I say that, cause your computer, PS3, 360, anything really, will work overtime if it's shoved on a shelf barely big enough for the system to fit.

As for me, I have a PS3 60GB I pre-ordered 1 month before PS3 was released... no problems so far.

(Sidenote: Is it strange that I would buy my PS3 on a pre-order before release specifically for FFXIII?? I admit.... major fanboy of FF series)

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eLLeJuss
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 6:50:22 PM

Speaking of Final fantasy, Wheres Arnolds review?!?!?! isn't he gonna have a different review of the game :o

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www
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 7:44:17 PM

Seriously if you had a job or saved-money-for-a-new-PS3, you wouldn't be terrified by godslim's comment, you wouldn't know YLOD till it hit your 60GB in the face. I got it, I know 2 friends that got it, godslim may be telling the truth, yes I know it hurts, trying to console yourselves by thumbing him down when that ylod might be inevitable, don't be scared people, its just a machine not a human being.

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oldmike
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 12:30:22 AM

my PS3 is rarely off and it 3 years old
they are made to last

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Godslim
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 6:32:35 AM

haha yes thats right im a 360 fan boy!
i dont even own one!

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Underdog15
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 9:40:23 AM

Fair enough. Still, none of my friends have ever had problems, and this thread is the first I've ever heard of people having problems. So from my experience, you can understand why I find it hard to believe there would be someone who had 2 fried, let alone 1.

It could be chalked up to just very poor luck. Perhaps there's a difference between systems released in Canada's snow-boot and up here in the great 14 gold north. (I'm pretty sure not, though.) Or maybe it's just more common to hear about problems than it is to hear about everyday feel-good stories. Anyone know the stat on failed PS3's?

My friend Mason used to be a xbox360 fanboy, but after 3 RROD's, he switched over, got a 60GB fatty, and has been happy since. (This, of course, made me feel wonderful for his switch and gave me a wonderful 'told-ya-so' moment. I gave him a consolation beer, though, so it's all good now.)

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Imagi
Thursday, March 18, 2010 @ 12:26:39 PM

Yeah, the YLOD vids on the net are all fake and people with PS3's taken apart in bits on their kitchen table while fixing them are really just tricking us! it is just really Lego bricks. :/

Nice going Godslim, that thumbdown count has to be some record.

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Fane1024
Friday, March 19, 2010 @ 5:13:33 PM

@ Underdog

I'm in the Great White North and I've had two YLoDs (last December and two weeks ago). In the ten weeks or so between them, there were 9171 other work orders, so it's not as rare as we would hope (though I don't know if that's Canada-only or if the service center also repairs other Sony products).

I don't abuse or over-use my PS3; the room tends to be dusty, but I vacuum the vents regularly.

The PS3 is cutting-edge technology (especially the 60 GB) and cutting-edge tech is vulnerable to failures.

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rogers71
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 12:47:51 PM
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I would say this is probably isolated occurances and not widespread. But the conspiracy theorists will be popping up soon saying this is another ploy to get people to ditch their fat originals and go slim.

TIME TO GET HEALTHY PEOPLE. XD

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TEG3SH
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 12:51:26 PM

sony should open a fat camp, aka "the biggest loser" for phat ps3's

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rogers71
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 1:02:20 PM

As long as we can bring Jillian and Allison into it somehow. Let's get that started.

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0_o
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 12:48:39 PM
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The original 60 gig ps3 rule!

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FullmetalX10
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 8:22:42 AM

I second that.

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TEG3SH
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 12:50:07 PM
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ha ha ha and u said that the xbox held this game bak. take that sony fanboys.

sarcasm sold separately

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TEG3SH
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 1:12:56 PM

i guess ppl hate paying more for sarcasm ,
for one time only u get the first comment +2 months supply of sarcasm for 19.99 yep u heard it right 19.99

we take all major credit cards .;)

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rogers71
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 2:10:10 PM

No No No.


Sarcasm is like DLC. You cannot charge more than 9.99 for it. Anything more than that is highway robbery. You could probably get away with 14.99 if you say it is a thumbs up discount.

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Alienange
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 2:13:58 PM

I don't get it.

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Break_The_Mould
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 5:04:41 PM

The sarcasm didn't come through with the purchase at all... I want a refund.

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Underdog15
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 6:43:29 PM

oops... I assumed that you were being clever with sarcasm pretending the 360 didn't hold it back!

Why i thought it was clever to begin with is beyond me... Afterall, from a psychological point of view, sarcasm is the lowest and most elementary form of wit.

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OtisFeelgood
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 12:53:32 PM
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No freezing here.....then again I have a Slim. ;x

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Warukyure [Power User]
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 12:53:33 PM
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I too have a 60 GB PS3, but I got like 1 freeze, at like the start of the game trying to exit the menu. It was just the one time in like the 60 hours of play so far.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 12:54:36 PM
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Its working fine on my slim. Haven't played it on my 60gb. I'm paranoid to even use my 60gb for games. Its a refurbish from Sony and i don't want it to get YLOD again and eat my game. Use it mostly for Netflix.

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Taha1
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 1:10:12 PM

what?
are you serious???
whats the point in that?
and your more likely to be hit by a bus than for your ps3 to get ylod.

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Naztycuts
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 1:23:59 PM

I guess I have been hit by two buses then!

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Jawknee
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 1:28:24 PM

Tell that to my original launch 60gb. I had it for 3 years, got a Blue Ray drive failure, sent it in, Sony repaired it, less then 20 days later got YLOD. This is my second 60gb and its out of warranty. I consider my 60gb a collectors item. Would like it to work as long as possible. if it dies again, thats another $150(or $170 now, i guess) to get it fixed. Besides, my Slim has a 500gb HDD in it. Better for gaming.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 5:37:38 PM

Some of you guys have rotten luck.

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Godslim
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 6:27:20 PM

haha same i guess ive been hit by 2 buses!

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Zemus101
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 12:56:59 PM
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I own an 80gb. About 45 hours in, probably right at the end now and no freezing. Game has played beautifully.

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cLoudou
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 1:00:43 PM
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No freezing here yet. About 20 hrs in and on a BC 80gb PS3.

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sephus
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 1:06:10 PM
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The problem is over heating. If your 60GB PS3 freezes playing a game or blu-ray movie, just let it cool down for a while and it will be fine. This has happened to me many times - not just with FF13.

Actually, FF13 is one of the few games I can play on my 60GB PS3 - all other games (new & old) have black lines that go all through the screen rendering them unplayable. I just don't have $150 to send it in to get fixed, as I just paid $150 to have my 40GB PS3 fixed after it died (the overheat prevention sensor failed and locked down the console).

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Highlander
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 1:47:40 PM

The problem is not overheating. The problem is the disc. SE had this same issue with SO4. The game will freeze at various places. Its mostly random, but some locations have a greater chance of it happening. The problem is that some of the disks are not quite perfect and PS3s with dirty lenses are unable to cope. Some of the discs are bad enough to fail no matter what.

If a game makes one PS3 overheat then the majority of systems of the same model should have the same problem. Clearly that is not the case, otherwise few if any 60GB systems would play the game.

Sometimes I wonder when people will just accept that the PS3 is actually very reliable? This issue is likely to be worse on older systems because the build up of grime on the BD lens makes dealing with poor quality discs more difficult.

BTW overheating is abnormal and indixcates a fault when it becomes a regular event.

Sorry if this is poorly typed I am sending this from my Droid.

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rogers71
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 2:12:27 PM

Droid does PSX posts? They should put that in their commercials. I was not informed of this.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 2:33:34 PM

pft, the iPhone did PSX posts first. ;)

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Highlander
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 3:12:19 PM

Yep, Droid does posts to PSX - the wonder of a full Internet Web browser on a smart phone...

The virtual keyboard is pretty decent as well, as is the physical one you reveal by sliding the phone open. Sony could take note of this, the browser on the PS3 and PSP should be far more mature than the one on the Droid, but the Droid browser feels more solid and polished.

I have to say, this thing is ridiculous. 16GB storage, 5MP camera with flash, better han 480 video capture, audio/video playback, gps, compass, wifi, etc.... Ridiculous.

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Cavan
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 5:05:16 PM

Highlander,
my sony ericsson w995 also does psx posts! also mobile tv (watched chelsea vs inter milan on it), sat nav, compass, 8mp camera, flash 8gb storage, just love the lil thing.

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Highlander
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 2:38:19 AM

I like the sound of that Sony Ericsson w995, but I don't think it was on the list of phones I was able to choose from.

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FullmetalX10
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 8:30:46 AM

@ Higlander: which phone do you have, I just got an HTC HD2 a month ago and it too does PSXE commenting, I really like the browser, because it looks just like it would on my PC, and besides, the screen is like 4.3 inches, that's fck*n huge and I luv it.

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Highlander
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 10:20:00 AM

I have a Motorola Droid (A855).

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gumbi
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 1:09:40 PM
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I'm about 15 hours in on my Slim and it's been running fine so far. I'd love to have played it on my launch 60gb, but alas, she never got to see either of the games she was purchased for (GOWIII and FFXIII).

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Deleted User
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 1:09:47 PM
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I had one freeze. It was before a boss battle in Chapter 2. The second time around, I just skipped the cutscene. I haven't had any problems since but I've only played about 5-6 hours, not 50-60. Freezes happen. I have a 60 GB model.

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Vivi_Gamer
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 1:10:42 PM
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Not had a technical issue with the game at all if i'm honest.

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MyWorstNightmar
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 1:32:15 PM

I would prefer you lie to me.

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Shams
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 1:36:09 PM

You sound quite British, really.
Ah just joshin'. About time for a haircut, though. Not your fault, being at uni, and all those games coming out this month. That reminds me. Looking a bit like Chewbecca m'self.

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Vivi_Gamer
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 1:44:28 PM

... i am british. lol

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Shams
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 1:56:22 PM

Yes, I know you're British, don't be silly. I wouldn't be saying 'uni' if I didn't think so. Did y'all get GOWiii over the pond, yet?

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Vivi_Gamer
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 2:08:08 PM

GoWIII is out this friday, which susck because after Heavy Rain and FFXIII recently i just can't afford it >:(

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Shams
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 3:17:17 PM

Ah, I hear ya. I guess it can wait. The hair cut, on the other hand, cannot. I'm not your mum, I know, I was talking about myself. I was tempted to trade in Heavy Rain, but I figured I get more money for it on Craig's List.

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TEG3SH
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 1:11:03 PM
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I'm on board with jillian , that girl is scary hot ,

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 1:30:07 PM

Well you're half right, she's scary.

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MyWorstNightmar
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 1:33:59 PM

She is a little too manly for me. Check that, she is a lot too manly for me.

I liked the blonde trainer they had a few years ago. She had fake breastesses.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 1:34:51 PM

Yeah, I don't generally go after the She-Hulk types. Or any girl that can beat me to death.

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Shams
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 1:52:30 PM

Yes, I like my women feminine. Jillian's not super masculine. Like, she still has hips, and breastesses, and I believe she doesn't have an Adam's apple (which would be the absolute deal breaker), and her facial proportions are still within women's range. But, she's got some Madonna arms going on, doesn't she? Went a bit overboard on those. Lightening up those eye-brows would reduce those hard features a bit, too.

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totozero18
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 9:23:34 AM

WTF? Lighten up the eye...whatever, dude what the hell, it's a chick I don't mean to sound desperate cuz I'm not but taste comes from variety.

Question: Tattoos included? That's a plus

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Dustinwp
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 1:13:47 PM
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I have a 60GB model and have had no issues.I'm only like an hour in though. The Ardamis boards link in the Kotaku article also has users reporting freezing/crashing issues with the 360 version as well. I don't understand why Kotaku only chose to write an article about the PS3 version, when both versions seem to be suffering from isolated technical issues.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 1:30:51 PM

Because it's Kotaku. Nuff said.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 1:32:38 PM

Yea, they aren't exactly known for their love of the PS3. This is probably their way of making up the fact they HAD to report that the 360 version was inferior. way to even the score.

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Dustinwp
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 1:38:48 PM

You would think the people at Kotaku would be smart enough not to put a link in their article to a site of people complaining about the 360 version? Maybe that's just giving them too much credit?

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Jawknee
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 1:52:46 PM

Your giving them far too much credit. This is the site that said God of War III was underwhelming. the first 45 minutes of the game say otherwise.


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shindelion
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 1:17:29 PM
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Mine does not freeze at all. Does it freeze on Blu ray 2 or 3, Jokes!

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Deleted User
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 1:25:10 PM
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Doesn't Jillian Michaels have a line of Wii games?

Yes, she's hot stuff. Very photogenic.

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TEG3SH
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 1:31:37 PM
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guess who will be waving his mote soon , pun intended

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 1:34:02 PM
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I'm not that far, probably 15 hours due to Heavy Rain, but so far my 80 gig B/C Motorstorm bundle system has had no problems. I don't play for lengthy periods, maybe 2 hours at a time. That system has so far outlasted and dodged every single possible bullet gunning for it except of course the The Day the Earth Stood Still (PS3 fat blackout)

Any idea at which point it is hanging Ben? It could just be people playing for like 5-6 hours straight.

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MyWorstNightmar
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 1:40:05 PM

Would like to pick up Heavy Rain. I am waiting for two scenarios to align themselves.

a. Heavy Rain be in stock.
b. Heavy Rain go down in price.

Once that happens, I will be all over it like Jillian Michaels on a sweaty chubby chick not putting forth maximum effort on the treadmill. (See how I brought that full circle? Hmmmm?)

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main_event05
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 2:35:17 PM

My system used to stay on almost all day. when I wasn't playing a game or watching a movie i was folding.

and as i said before, I have yet to have the slightest problem with it.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 1:38:38 PM
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Jillian Michaels looks like a Latin Linda Hamilton.

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MyWorstNightmar
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 1:41:10 PM

There is an accurate connect. I wonder if James Cameron would leave his wife for her? Must be confusing for him if he watches that show.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 1:50:51 PM

She tried out for Sarah Conner but Cameron turned her down on the account of being to buff. When it was time to cast T2, Jillian was already to busy training for the Biggest Loser.

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Shams
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 1:59:23 PM

Women don't look like that just from training. She's been juicing, too.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 2:42:04 PM

ha, Linda Hamilton must have been too. She had man shoulders in Terminator 2.

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Shams
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 3:10:58 PM

Lol, man shoulders! I remember those.

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TEG3SH
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 1:41:51 PM
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@naztycuts
how was ur first time , was it fast and bumpy .lol

@myworst
i wish i can give more than one thumb up. cause u really mad me laugh

ur 1st comment i meant


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coverton341
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 1:46:33 PM
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I have a launch 60GB and I have been playing FFXIII like mad trying to finish it before going to Florida and I have had zero freezing issues.

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CreamCracker
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 1:48:16 PM
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I just had problems with Heavy Rain...and just one time...
I am playing FFXIII japaneses since the japanese launch (yeas..i'm noob) and never had any kind of problem with it!!

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CreamCracker
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 1:49:37 PM
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Ops...My PS3 is the MGS4 Edition 80Gb(4 USB's and 3 card readers)..

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Highlander
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 1:52:47 PM
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SE has the same issue with Star Ocean 4, some of the discs are not well made and the game freezes instead of telling you there Isaac problem with reading the disc. Older systems or those in dusty environments might be more susceptible to this because of dirt building up on the lens. But as long as the disc is perfect there is no problem. Its only when a disc isn't perfect that there is an issue.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 2:16:18 PM

Which would explain why its not just PS3's but Xbox versions as well.

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Highlander
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 3:13:47 PM

Droid isn't perfect....big typo here.

"Isaac problem"

Should have been "is a problem".

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Jawknee
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 3:17:50 PM

Predictive Dictionary? i have the same problems sometimes on my iPhone.

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Highlander
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 5:03:59 PM

Yep, predictive...well it tries.

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RadioHeader
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 2:02:47 PM
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Well I don't have FFXIII, or a 60G PS3 but I feel left out so I just wanna say my that PS3 never freezes during gameplay.

Ahhh... Sorry about that everyone but whenever this kinda subject arises it reminds of my old 360s and I like to rejoice in the fact that I no longer have one.

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totozero18
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 9:56:12 AM

I don't even have a PS3 dude.....
...yet!

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Dante399
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 2:05:56 PM
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no freezing--first launch 20Gb ps3

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Arvis
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 2:11:44 PM
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If your FFXII is freezing, here's a recommendation: FRIGGIN BUY RESONANCE OF FATE!

This guys says the game is even better than FF13:
http://www.rpgfan.com/reviews/End_of_Eternity/

-Arvis

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Jawknee
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 2:53:28 PM

haha, No thanks.

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Arvis
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 3:41:27 PM

People don't appreciate RPGs anymore...

-Arvis

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johnld
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 4:10:07 PM

how reliable is that guy? im almost heading out to best buy to get god of war 3. nothing has convinced me to buy resonance yet.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 4:25:12 PM

It looked interesting but after playing the Japanese demo its now meh to me. If theres going to be a RPG with guns, there needs to be another Parasite Eve.

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johnld
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 4:51:12 PM

@jawknee
is there gonna be US demo, i guess i should try it first. although i hated valkyria chronicles demo but loved the game.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 6:18:26 PM

@johnld,

Im not sure. You can go on youtube and search for instructions on how to create a Japanese account.

i didn't like the demo for valkyria chronicles either, but i never bought the game. Maybe ill pick it up. Should be cheap now.

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I_defenestrate
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 1:23:28 AM

@Jawknee

It was $20 at Wally World when I got it like 4 months ago.

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SvenMD
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 9:07:06 AM

Jawknee I loved Parasite Eve

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Alienange
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 2:27:19 PM
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Nice try Kotaku.

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Kaylorn
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 2:33:08 PM
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I have to admit that I have had an issue with a 40gb FAT ps3 system. I played FF13 for approx. 8 hours over 2 days I then played the first assassins creed before reinserting FF13. WHen I inserted FF13 the second time I got to a part in the Galpra White wood with Lightning and Hope when it froze after a fight. After this I have tried reformatting, complete formatting (twice), and a systems file restore numerous times. I can now no longer play blue ray discs, and speaking to Sony they believe the drive or lens is the issue now. This happened after playing FF13 as all other games played perfectly before this. Also there are numerous complaints of this nature on the playstation community forum.

I am currently having to decide if I want to go for a new slim PS3 or utilise the out of warranty service from Sony which will cost £131.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 2:40:07 PM

The older models seems to have Blue Ray drive/Lens problems. Same thing happened to my 60gb. IF your 40gb isn't backward compatible just buy a Slim.

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Kaylorn
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 2:47:48 PM

Its not backward compatible, am thinking if I get a refurb that the comonents will be updated and I wont suffer from this afterwards. Buying a slim is an expensive option

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Jawknee
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 2:52:49 PM

Yup it is more expensive but the chances the Slim failing are a lot less then the chances of a refurb failing.

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Highlander
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 5:02:03 PM

There is a BluRay lens cleaning product available from Maxell - IIRC it uses aerodynamics instead of brushes to clear the very fine dust that can accumulate on the lens. Well, that's the claim.

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nogoat23
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 2:39:58 PM
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No issues here. I have a non-bc 80gig PS3. (I didn't mean for this to kinda rhyme.)

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Jikkle
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 2:39:59 PM
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There is definitely something to this but I don't think FFXIII is actually the cause of it.

I was watching the Evangelion 1.11 blu-ray when it froze on me and went through the same issues that people are reporting to have with FF.

Thinking my freezing problem was just an isolated issue with the blu-ray movie I proceeded to pop in FF13 and within 20 minutes the game froze on me and went through all the problems like everyone else.

What I've found out and what I think might be the problem is in my attempts to fix the issue I went into the PS3's safe mode and did the Restore File System which proceeded to give me a corrupted disk warning and did the restore thing. I than did Restore File System once again and it still said that I had a corrupted disk.

I've also found a couple of other people that have blu-ray problems also have this unfixable corrupt data. So I think this could possibly the core problem that people are having and maybe just not a typical hardware breakdown.

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Kaylorn
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 2:50:13 PM

Jikkle, I agree, I went through the safe mode too and restored the file system, it worked before but now seems to be a constant issue. I just seems that it is coincidental that it is just after I started playing FF13 that it failed, and to say this is one game that I seriously was waiting for.

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Highlander
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 5:00:24 PM

Yeah, this restore file system option is a great option. The HDD can become fragmented and some file corruption can occur which can cause games to freeze. The other thing that can happen is simply the lens in the BluRay drive being a little grimy and the disc being less than perfect. This can cause read errors during playback.

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Minishmaru
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 3:09:59 PM
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Kotaku as a reliable source for PS3 information? I'm pretty sure they've got a pretty big hatred towards them unless they've finally wised up and changed their opinion due to the fanbase or just to their own appreciation to the best console

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XxNoir
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 3:25:04 PM
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I was having the this issue,after i beat sazh's Eidolon it kept freezing,i was very annoyed because he was tough.It froze again after i beat him the second time.It came through on the 3rd time.

Later it froze after i defeated the sanctoms ship near hopes home,I wasn't that annoyed because he was easy but just a note.

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lupus
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 3:37:09 PM
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many games freezes on the ps3 and many games have lag or frame rate issues - it's well annoying - i hope god of war will run smoothly.

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tlpn99
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 3:46:15 PM
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First we have the PS3 Apocalyps3 that affected only 60 g/b fattys etc were the 80 gb's affected I think now this is affecting the 60 gb's ffs this is not looking good for my 60 gb fat P3.

Cant say I have noticed any freezing issues, although it has locked up once on Heavy Rain but unfroze itself I saved turned the machine off and on again restarted since then nothing. also twice on Bad Company 2 but apart from that. that's it.

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Highlander
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 4:58:17 PM

The biggest issue I have seen with oder systems is HDD related. If the HDD gets fragmented (which it will) and any file corruption occurs (which is does) then sometimes a game will do something that requires data from the HDD and the HDD thrashes around for a while trying to retrieve it. It's not the PS3, and it's not overheating, it's simply that the HDD is a tad on the messy side. I hope that Sony ships a defragmentation utility of some sort sometime because I have a feeling all our older systems could do with a wee bit of a defrag.

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piratedrunk
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 3:53:15 PM
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I have the 80GB BC model and haven't had a single problem with freezing on this game (or SO4)

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Deathb4Dishonor
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 3:54:00 PM
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nope... i'm at the end of the game and no freezes... actually i've never had a game freeze on my 60 gb ps3 except for fallout, and it was one of the expansions i downloaded

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jdt1981
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 3:54:21 PM
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I have the 60GB PS3 and FFXIII hasn't froze on me, I'm at chapter 7.

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I_defenestrate
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 4:26:05 PM

I'm also on chapter 7 with a 40gb fatty and haven't had any problems.

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Drake_RB3
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 3:56:51 PM
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I've got a 60GB BC model and I'm in the middle of chapter 5. No issues whatsoever.

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www
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 3:57:04 PM
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I used to have the 60GB, its cool with BC and all, but face it, it'll eventually FAIL. My 60GB YLOD'd in 2008. I'm using the 80GB now.

Its either you upgrade to a Slim cause that old man 60 will retire on you!

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Highlander
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 4:55:51 PM

I'm hanging on to both my phat 60s, if and when they fail, Sony gets a phone call to refurb them. No sense in giving up the jewel of the crown of PS3.

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Drake_RB3
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 5:36:59 PM

Come on www, that's not the outlook you should have.

Did Solid Snake actually die after MGS4? There's always a mission for him.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 5:50:30 PM

Thankfully I've never had a system just out and out fail and die on me in my entire life. I don't plan to either.
(probably cuz I never bought a 360)

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www
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 7:33:01 PM

Haha Drake I see you.

Highlander, am not saying give it up, I mean you should be ready to get a Slim when it dies instead of all these refurbishments.

World, you seem kinda lucky, let's hope it stays that way ;)

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Kacil
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 4:09:29 PM
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My 60GB freezes on FFXIII cutscenes. I can't continue playing it.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 5:51:19 PM

read my post below.

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hehateme
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 4:14:23 PM
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i have a 250gb slim and on chapter 4 with no problems as of yet.... except odin and him killing me within 20 seconds.... other than that im fine...... on another note my friends gow 3 was freezing up... but mine is just fine :) im so pumped sony will get TWO game of the year awards so far..... uncharted 2 and now gow 3..... playing gow 3 you realize which system is the future and which is a flash in the pan

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Victor321
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 4:35:38 PM
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My PS3 is fine, no worries here ^.^

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big6
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 5:06:58 PM
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Hey, out of curiosity, has anyone ever gotten Sony to fix their YLOD issue on a 60gig model?

Do they change your machine, or do you get the same 60gig, backwards compatible, model back?

Also, has anyone ever gotten a repaired machine back, and have it die on them months later?

I'm just curious, because I know some people who have gone through 6 Xboxes, and I was wondering if the PS3s also have a chance of dying a few months after getting it fixed.

Thanks!

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Fane1024
Friday, March 19, 2010 @ 5:23:48 PM

Sony repaired my 60 GB back in December. They claim to have sent me the same machine (it also had the same Serial #), but I was unable to use the Restore feature to, well, restore all my files, so I had to do it one piece at a time. I had just about finished when I got the YLoD again. Fortunately, I made a new Backup just before it died and it was still within the 90 day repair warranty, so the second repair was free.

I am currently waiting for my PS3 to be returned. We'll see if I can Restore the system this time.

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SnipeySnake
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 5:21:03 PM
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Got a slim and nothing has happened. Though it it has been freezing a bit whenever my brother plays MW2 straight from morning to night in weekends but i think thats cause it overheats in my small crammed room.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 5:42:37 PM
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I once had a bad disc for FFX, there was a fatal freeze near the end on an FMV. I rented a copy from Blockbuster, swapped in my bad disc, and gave it back. :P

Don't look at me like that, I doubt any renters got to the end anyway.

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main_event05
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 7:46:08 PM

Lol, true. RPGs don't make any sense to rent out.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 7:51:25 PM

ha sneaky sneaky!

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Irievibes
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 11:34:58 PM

lol i did that with 3rd disc of ff8 lol, i SEEERIOUSLY doubt anyone renting that was gonna play it for 3 days straight to get to there, heck they NEVER called me to ask me about it, and you could clearly see it DID NOT have the blockbuster sticker on it so its safe to think no one ever had a problem with it lol

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Hitch
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 11:58:36 PM

@ World WHAT?!?! That was YOU?!? GOD****it!!!!!

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FullmetalX10
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 8:46:15 AM

Win ><

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main_event05
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 1:49:06 PM

When ever I hear someone saying that (GODD****t) my mind immediately thinks of Toot from drawn together.

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march6969
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 6:17:45 PM
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60gig launch system and no freezing with ff13

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fooosie
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 6:22:57 PM
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No freezes here.
40 gig cechh01.

Its nice to hear that so many people still have launch models.

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jami
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 6:35:24 PM
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despite my insistance that i wouldnt buy it i've splashed out on the collector's edition =/ was dispatched today, so looking forward to it arriving >D hopefully i'll be a case of no freezing too =/ i own a 60 gig model...

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natho86
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 7:06:36 PM
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Have a new slim and about halfway through my second play through and going good, so far the only problem was it didnt drop a trophy for me that i got!

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TEG3SH
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 7:14:00 PM
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@Underdog015

from a human perspective U R A DOUCHE, what u think is really insignificant to me.

some of u are really funny and got the joke ,most of u didn't, 17 thumbs down that has to be a record .

Jillian is still hot with her 6 packs (which is the scary part of her) i'm really scared she could be another lady gaga .lol

@Break_The_Mould

dont worry pal u will be more than refunded . see it came with purchase .lol

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FullmetalX10
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 8:47:29 AM

Thumbs down record probably still hangs with LimitedVertigo.

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Underdog15
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 9:58:16 AM

You're such a nice guy!

(Note the low-level intelligence with the sarcasm... educated response to come)

At any rate, I did get the joke. It simply wasn't funny. Others built on it to make it a little more comical, but all-in-all, it's been done before. Basically, it's your text book go-to post whenever you wish to be sarcastic but realize that straight-up sarcasm will basically be considered by most under the "lame" column.

Also, I don't believe you honestly think what I think is insignificant to you. If it was, you wouldn't have felt a need to respond, would have moved on, gave it a thumbs down, and forgot about it 5-10 seconds later.

As for me, you're absolutely right! I can be a douche. I'm one of those educated types, who on a regular basis, is typically a nice guy who NORMALLY posts only when there is something productive to say (this case excluded). However, there is the occasional time when someone tries to be funny, comes off a little loud and brazen, and I start looking for a fight. I love conflict, which is probably not something to be proud of. In reality I'm a former university athlete who's day in the sun is done. Some may consider this me compensating for my now lack of consistent competition by looking for a fight, but ... well... no... ya they'd probably be right.

At the end of the day, however, you're the one with 4 ups and 20 downs, while I maintain a positive +/- average at 3 and 2. Let's not forget you were one of the only two downs. This may spurn on more downs, but that's ok. As for this post, I'm not sure what will happen. Either people will down me for an irrelevant post (as they probably should, if I'm honest with myself), or they'll positive me for perhaps enjoying this read, or for my honesty about not only you, but myself as well. 'Twill be fun!

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Irievibes
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 11:39:09 PM
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80 gig owner right here, never had a prob, even avoided the apocalps3 completley, made it a cooler to get the air from behind and throw it up and to the front of the desk its in just for the hell of it

as long as the FRONT and RIGHT SIDE vent holes remain unobstructed, any fan pulling air thru it will help cool it, hardly need it though, just turn it on on long gaming sessions or really hot days , only times it has frozen on me its when im playing while also downloading crap on background

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Slime
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 1:04:18 AM
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Got a 80 gb (2usb) and thought FFXIII had crashed wierdly I couldnt do anything but enemy kept attacking me I then noticed my controller had run out of power /slaps forehead

A while back I did have issues with GT5P though the intro sequence would break up and skip sound.
I thougt it was the new 320gb HDD I had just installed, after installing it I put everything back on new HDD from a backup I had made and everything worked properly axcept for GT5P intro so I deleted the game data + save data (hadnt got very far anyway) and everything worked ok again.

So from now on I think I will just backup my game saves saving a lot of time on the backup process and just reinstall game data as I play them.

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Highlander
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 2:40:04 AM

This has happened to me numerous times in WKC, the controller isn't out of juice either, it just dies.

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main_event05
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 1:52:19 PM

Whats that old Ps1 game that did crazy stuff? Sometimes the screen would go blank, other times the system boot screen would come up or it'll say your memory cards were erased. And it wasn't Metal Gear Solid.

Anyway, that's what this story reminds me of.

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___________
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 2:07:42 AM
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so first heavy rain, than this?
GOW3 better not even think of doing this to me tomorrow when i pick it up otherwise i swear to god im storming the AU air force, stealing a fighter jet and blowing up sony headquarters!

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BikerSaint
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 4:22:46 AM
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Just grab one from "Ace Combat"

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ncjason77
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 8:42:35 AM
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I'm having freezing issues with FF13. It started about 40 minutes into the game for me. There was never really a specific spot for it. Even if I just load up a game and leave it idling, if I come back to it after ten minutes or so, it is completely frozen (yes, I turned my controller back on). This has made the game pretty much unplayable for me. I have a 40 gig ps3 and the only other time it has frozen on me is when I could play Fallout 3, and even then it was only maybe 2 or 3 times over a few month span. I have over 50 games and never happens on any of the other games. After trying to play FF13 I was able to play White Knight Chronicles just fine. I later loaned FF13 to my friend and he has gotten around 15 hours of playtime logged in with no issues. He has an 80 gig system.

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Natalisrubbish
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 10:50:22 AM
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Slim PS3 (purchased late August 2009) about 8 hours into the game... not one freeze.

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BikerSaint
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 6:56:32 PM
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I've figured out what's causing the freezing problems....

It's the 60Gigger's "EMOTION" chip!!!!!

It's sadly feeling a wave of nostalgia, that SE has taken away so much from FFXIII.

So now every time our 60gigger's get to a point where SE chopped out important series elements, our poor machines are just trying to catching their breath by stopping, sighing, & shedding a few tears.

And where SE is leading it, I'm not so sure that our 60 Giggers will really have any will left to continue trudging along dejectedly, down this narrow path......too much longer.

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DrMario
Thursday, March 18, 2010 @ 11:29:49 AM
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have an 80 gig fatty, game froze and now it can't read any ps3 disks.. havnt tried any others

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Bandit King
Friday, March 19, 2010 @ 9:53:17 AM
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"According to Kotaku"

That right there should tell you to take this info with half a grain of salt. LOL

The game has been playing perfectly fine for me so far, but Im using my PS3 Slim.

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Syri
Saturday, March 20, 2010 @ 10:50:35 PM
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I've had crashing issues with ffxiii about 15 hours into the game; I had played for maybe 2 hours before it just shut off on me in the middle of some battle, no blinking light and won't come back on for me. I thought it was maybe an overheating issue(even though it has "breathing room" around it on the coffee table so it should be able to ventilate), however it has cooled and still will not boot up. I have 120G, bought a week ago. Virtually brand new.

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j223
Tuesday, March 23, 2010 @ 5:50:51 PM
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I have a 80gb (4 usb) ps3 and after this game froze on me my blue ray driver has not been able to read any type of media(cds,dvds,blue rays). I've never had this problem playing other games for hrs on end and my ps3 was in great condition before this happened. I keep my ps3 in an open area away from dust and good ventilation. I also keep my games in very good condition by putting unused games back into their original cases. I have tried a lot of methods to revive my blue ray driver, except for sending it to ps3 support or replacing my driver and nothing has worked. I believe a lot of people are suffering from the same types of problems that branched off from this incident.

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TorchGolem
Saturday, March 27, 2010 @ 10:16:07 PM
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I got my wife a brand new slim 120GB PS3 a few weeks ago and FFxiii. The PS3 runs great on every other game but FFxiii. The disk is brand new with no scratches, not even a small one. After 17 hours of playtime, a few hours each night, the game started freezing tonight on the same spot and the save file related to that spot. I found this and other forums that described the same problem, which appears to be a game coding issue. She eventually got it to play past the problem but only after multiple hard resets to the system and an amazing amount of patience. The many reports of needing the laser/lens replacement worries me but I suppose it's better to burn it out now while it's under warranty. Perhaps Sony and SE will pay more attention when a 3 week old slim unit dies. I pulled the power each time it hung, not sure if that helped to keep it from burning out the laser or not but it is still running after multiple hangs on the same spot tonight. I'm sticking with the assumption that the laser gets stuck on during the freeze and burns it out due to the software glitch; thus my immediate reaction to unplug and hopefully save it. It hung for the first time tonight, a few hours ago, and it has been running for 2 hours since she got it running again without issue. Not sure if any of this helps but I at least wanted others to know it happened on a brand new unit. The unit is so new it doesn’t even have any dust and it is operating on a media stand and is cool to the touch.

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TorchGolem
Saturday, March 27, 2010 @ 10:21:16 PM
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Oh, I should mention that when it freezes, the main menu is all messed up with the background gone and everything was grey, white and black (no colors). Most of the icons were spinning and everything was wrong looking. It was like the entire PS3 OS was corrupted in memory. Physically turning it off and back on corrects the menu corruption problem, until it hangs again.

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abc123
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 @ 11:56:47 PM
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I got the old ps3 version. FS13 froze on me while playing and now my ps3 isnt even turning on any more and when it does it freezes within 5-10 min after bootup. Im hopeing square enix or sony resolve this problem soon.

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Jeaton
Thursday, November 10, 2011 @ 1:09:01 AM
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I have an original 20gb PS3 and I bought FFXIII at launch and played thru the game without issue.
I turned in the game for another title afterwards and just now bought FFXIII again to replay it. This time my game is freezing after the cut scene in Chapter 1 where Hope and Vanille crash into the Pulse fal'Cie Vestige. The short cut scene occurs and then the screen goes black and does not load the following in game mode of play. I reset my PS3 and it still occured. The game is used and had some minor scratches so I took it in and exchanged it for another pre-owed copy that looks spotless. On that disc my game still freezes at the exact same spot.
I don't believe this is an issue of a second damaged disc nor do I see how this is a PS3 issue since I played thru the game a year ago when it came out.

ANY thoughts?

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