Nowadays, we live in a world where anything can be patched into or out of a game with little to no real effort. If there is a huge problem in a game's code then companies can simply fix it with a day one patch. There's no longer a need to recall mass quantities of your product anymore when you have a problem. So why does it still happen?
Yep, we're talking about the quickly dying trend of the recalled game, which is something that probably shouldn't even happen anymore (at least in countries with widespread internet service). The recalls we're going to be discussing today range from the obvious to the downright unnecessary. Please, enjoy the read.
Little Big Planet Gets Pulled Off Shelves
Its been a pretty long time since Little Big Planet first hit store shelves, so I don't blame you if you haven't heard this story. But Little Big Planet was pulled off of store shelves just a day or two before it was set to release on the market. Why was it pulled off? Was there some magical code that jailbroke PS3's? Did they accidentally print something vulgar on the cover? No. A song in the game had two verses from the Quran mixed in with the music.
There was also a problem with sackboys bursting through systems
I'm not trying to say there's anything wrong with someone requesting the music be removed because they might find it offensive; the thing I'm surprised by is the fact that Sony pulled the game off of store shelves and delayed the release a whole week so they could remove the song in question. A bit overkill if you ask me, especially when you hear this next part.
They didn't do anything to the discs that they pulled off of the store shelves. The only thing that changed was that you now had to download a patch on day one that removed the song from the game. The game was delayed and money was spent to remove it from stores just so they could release a patch. Something they would have done if the game had released on schedule.
Mario Gets Pulled For Swearing?
Its been a while since I've played a newly released Mario Party game so please correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm pretty sure there hasn't been a single iteration in the series that involved one of Nintendo's flagship characters dropping an S-bomb. At least not by American standards. But you have to remember the world is filled with all kinds of colorful swear words.
What is even going on in this image?
Like did you know that the word spastic is considered a vulgar word in the wee little UK? Apparently Nintendo wasn't aware of this and ended up using the word throughout the game Mario Party 8, a decidedly kid-friendly game in most countries.
Once it became apparent that the word was in the game, it was pulled from store shelves. It was re-released a few weeks later with a much less colorful vocabulary. I can only imagine how silly it would be if it ended up being an offensive American word. Can you imagine Mario calling you something vulgar every turn?
Good Luck Doing A Speed Run Of This Metroid
Metroid games are know well by their fans for being extremely open and accessible to speed runners. While this isn't always the case, speed runners have been known to use glitches and exploits in different games as a way to advance the story before they're supposed to be able to. This is called sequence breaking.
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Metroid Other M had a glitch in the game that was less of a sequence breaker and more of a game-breaker. And you didn't even have to try to get it to happen. The game would just not allow people to go forward after a certain part in the story. You couldn't skip this area and you couldn't get past it in any way.
Since the game was released in Japan before any other country, that was the only area Nintendo needed to recall it for so they could fix the game-breaking bug. Thankfully, it was not present in any other country's copy of the game. That didn't really save it from a less than stellar reaction from gamers though.
Don't Kick That Ball!
In the soccer (or football) game 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa, nearly every country got a ball and team to play as. You can't really call it a World Cup game if you exclude parts of the world, though. When you're working with so many different teams and designs, you might miss out on a few details. Like what goes onto those barely visible balls flying around the arena at a hundred miles per hour.
Should they just leave that out on the field?
Apparently some people can make out those details on the balls, and found that some of the balls from some countries had religious scriptures on them. Once EA was made aware of this, they did the smart thing and pulled every copy of the game off of every store shelf in the world while they got the offending balls removed from each team.
This was still kind of early on in the whole digital distribution, and it was a world wide recall so I can see why they couldn't just patch the designs out, but dear heavens that had to have been some super expensive ball work on EA's part. Especially for a yearly release SOCCER game.
Like I said in the beginning of this article, game recalls are a dying fad. The world is becoming more and more digital each day, and problems are getting easier to remotely fix. What will be the next game to get pulled from store shelves, and will it be the last? Who knows? As always, thanks for reading.