This is neither a self-sufficiency post or a green post.
I don’t tend to play a lot of computer games any more. My main gaming age was between the years of 8-16. After that I started going out, meeting girls etc though I still did a bit of gaming at university, but it was social gaming, it was the years of the LAN (local area network) and now these days with high speed broadband access we’ve moved into the WAN gaming years – that’s Xbox live and the playstation equivilant.
As an ex-computer scientist (got the degree as proof) I loathe computers. It’s a bit like if your mother catches you smoking and makes you smoke a whole packet (I’ve never smoked, but this is a metaphor). I like computers, so where should my education take me but into computing, or more specific computer science. It killed my love of computer games really, but recently Modern Warefare 2 came out, and my wife now claims to be a MW2 widow.
It’s a short lived fad I know, because I’ll loose interest like I usually do in games like this, but what has really got my goat and what this post is all about is problems. I bought a console because I didn’t want problems. I wanted to switch on a dedicated device, it would run, open the game, let me kill a few friends and then I can switch it off and watch some TV. Which it has done rather sucessfully for a number of weeks.
Now when I’m playing Mw2 at my first startup the game crashes outright when searching for a random game against random people. I then reset (this is a repeatable error) and this time round I can connect to other random people. Except my friends I want to play. The ones I don’t want to play still work fine…
Xbox live support have so far had me testing my network connection (yes I’ve done that), check my ports (yes I do know what a network port is, I have a computer science degree dontcha know) then it _must_ be my network connection (no, it works the same on other peoples connection). So last but not least I’m removing my online profile and reinstating it. The problem persists and I ran out of time. Aparently now it’s not my problem but all my friends problems! So they’ve got to delete their profile and reinstate it if they want to play me! So I’ve asked nicely if they’ll do that and a couple will. Hurrah. But I bet it doesn’t change the problem.
My next issue is to completely delete my profile and reinstating it back where I started over a month ago. That would annoy me beyond compare and quite frankly I’d never buy another xbox product ever again, so here’s hoping they can transfer my progress if it comes to that. I’ll update this post just in case someone else is experiencing problems.