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From PS3 Millennium Bug to BAFTA Bookies- News Roundup 1st March 2010

Jonathan Lester
Activision, News, PS3, Uncharted 2

'Millenium Bug' Attacks Original PS3s

From PS3 Millennium Bug to BAFTA Bookies- News Roundup 1st March 2010

Remember the Millennium bug? Millions of people across the globe were convinced that computers would cease to function in the year 2000 thanks to the clocks resetting to 1900- and thus causing planes to plummet out of the sky, reactors to melt down, nukes to rain down upon us and bring about total Armageddon. This didn't happen, of course- until now. Ten years too late.

Original PS3s are now unable to connect to PSN, as their internal clocks reset to January 1st 2000. This not only renders the console offline, but also scuppers a number of time-sensitive trophies and stops trophy synchronised-titles from loading. DLC and installed games also fail to boot up. A rep from Sony Europe states:

"We have found out that some users are experiencing a network connection failure when signing on to PlayStation Network. We are currently looking into the issue to identify the cause of this network connection failure and will update further information as necessary (on the Blog or official website). We appreciate for your understanding and continued support."

Slim models are not affected by the bug, but original PS3 owners should not connect to PSN until this outrageous problem is rectified.

Keep an eye on the official blog... and good luck.

NEWS UPDATE: Possible fix available in 24 hours. Don't turn on your PS3 until then!

"We hope to resolve this problem within the next 24 hours. In the meantime, if you have a model other than the new slim PS3, we advise that you do not use your PS3 system, as doing so may result in errors in some functionality, such as recording obtained trophies, and not being able to restore certain data."- Official Statement from Sony

Activision Shut Down Legal Fan Sequel

From PS3 Millennium Bug to BAFTA Bookies- News Roundup 1st March 2010

Five years ago, Vivendi granted an unprecedented 'fan licence' to a group of fanatic developers so that they could legally produce a sequel to the Kings Quest series. Entitled The Silver Lining, this project has taken over 8 years of grueling development- but will now never see the light of day. Activision acquired the rights to the Kings Quest series during its merger with Vivendi, and has now deemed the fan project unprofitable enough to revoke their fan license and force them to cease and desist... even though it has no plans to continue the series itself.

On the official site, the dev team thanks their fans and supporters for standing by them during their 8 years of fruitless blood, sweat and tears.

"Again, thank you all so much for everything. This has been a long and crazy road, full of more twists than we could’ve anticipated, but more triumphs and wonderful memories than we could’ve ever hoped for. And for that, to all of you and to everyone on our team, we will always be grateful. Thank You."

That's a class act through and through. We wish them the best of luck finding new projects and employment... yet another needlessly mercenary decision from Activision.

Uncharted 2 is Bookies' Favourite for BAFTA Win

From PS3 Millennium Bug to BAFTA Bookies- News Roundup 1st March 2010

Victor Chandler has announced that they've given Naughty Dog's latest masterpiece 6/4 odds of winning Game of the Year at this years BAFTAs. Managing Director Peter Laverick explains:

"Uncharted 2 is a very strong favourite at 6/4 and we've already taken numerous four figure bets on it. For those looking for an outside bet we have seen support for FIFA 10 at 33/1. It's always tricky offering odds on a public vote so we'll be keeping a close eye on the money rolling in,"

Considering the coup at this year's AIAS awards, Uncharted 2 would be our favourite to win Game of the Year as well. Disagree? Have your say in the comments! [Gameindustry.biz]

Add a comment7 comments
Gunn  Mar. 1, 2010 at 17:36

I thought this was a PSN issue but I turned my PS3 on and got an error straight away, I turned it off again, won't use it till I know what's going on

Matt Gardner  Mar. 1, 2010 at 17:39

Kotaku explains it rather well here:


smith  Mar. 1, 2010 at 17:52

Can't see how they are going to fix this without a recall because you cannot connect to PSN to do a any firmware fix they may release.
Unless they are going to post put Thousands of USB sticks with an update on or something................

A lot of people are going to be very annoyed at the loss of game trophies, game data and it also mentions you may lose other data to.

PS3_Dev  Mar. 1, 2010 at 18:27

The unofficial line is this should resolve itself at midnight GMT.

Brendan Griffiths  Mar. 1, 2010 at 22:29

I’m hitting refresh on the Euro and US official sites and their Twitters. But yeah, don’t turn on your fat ps3’s people!

It is worrying to see how a patch will work. We’ll have to turn on the ps3, thus breaking it, to download anything. If I lose one Trophy I’ll schitz out, got about 1400.

Here are the sites I mentioned if you want to keep an eye on it.


Brendan Griffiths  Mar. 2, 2010 at 00:36

Been hearing reports that PSN is back on ok now as it's now Feb 2nd. If you are missing any trophies, try putting the unfortunate title in, loading a game and re-syncing them. Apparently this brings them back.

Yes it's been annoying but in reality: first day in three years there's been a serious widespread problem. Everyone I know with a 360 has been without it for days/weeks at a time at least once with Red Ring of Death.

evil_gn0me  Mar. 2, 2010 at 22:54

as far as uncharted 2 winning the bafta's It's a bit of a shoe in really, i would have taken a punt on heavy rain if it was on the list but alas its not

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