Xbox360 Tester ‘Mole’ on Game and Hardware Bugs

The guys over at Kotaku recently received an email from an insider ‘mole’ who claimed he was a beta tester for the Xbox 360. Within the email the mole spills the beans on many bugs in games and particular things that you can do to make your Xbox360 crash with ease.

We don’t understand why people would want to crash your Xbox360 on purpose, but its a good idea to be aware of these errors so they can be avoided at all costs (if thats possible). Though some owners haven’t been able to duplicate these bugs/crashes, there are some people that have been successful.

So, lets have a look at the list…

Game: Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland
Described as the most problematic of the launch titles, the Micromole says you can nearly always cause a crash with a well-timed pause. Early in the game, in Beverly Hills he believes, you come across a tagger guy doing graffiti. Go and talk to that guy one time, wait until he disappears and shows up in another part of town. If you pause the game right after you hit the button to talk to the tagger, the game will crash every time.

I’ve also received reports of the game not booting or the soundtrack skipping, though I’ve never experienced this.

Game: Madden 2006
The game has problems playing on Live, according to the Mole and some consoles and hard drive configurations would not download roster updates correctly for the footballer.

Game: Halo
Try this game of profile hide-and-seek. Create a profile with the hard drive attached. During gameplay remove the hard drive and the 360 will reboot. Reattach the hard drive again and the system will reboot for a third time. Look for your profile saved onto Hard Drive, it will often disappear.

Hardware : Guide Button
Try pushing the big silver button during a game’s load screen, this can cause your system to lock-up. Try it during Project Gotham Racing 3 and see what happens.

Hardware : DVD Drive
Unrecognized DVDs should display a message that says the disc is unrecognized, but often doesn’t.

Moving your 360 during gameplay may lead to the scratching of discs.

Playing of console horizontally is not advised and could lead to scratching of discs.

Hardware : Live
The number of classic games you have downloaded will not always correspond to the number your 360 says. Also “Zuma” may be listed twice for some reason.

Backwards compatibility
The top 20 sellers for the Xbox were supposed to work without any problems but several games, including a Tom Clancy title had some major problems. (I do remember reports of Splinter Cell disappearing from the BC list shortly after it went up on The Mole goes on to say that “virtually everything they said is a lie” about BC.

So do you own a Xbox360? Have you come accross any other crashes or bugs in the games you own? Let us and the rest of the Xbox360 community know by telling us here or in our forum.

Anthony Barker

Anthony is the designer, developer and owner of Console Monster. In his spare time, Anthony is a keen gamer who enjoys playing mostly First-Person Shooters and Racing games. When he is not developing games or tweaking this site, Anthony likes to be on the slopes snowboarding or hurtling down off-road tracks on his mountain bike.

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