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Comment Do NOT buy "New Vegas" on the 360 (and here's why) (Score 2, Insightful) 397

I've spent dozens of hours trying to actually complete this game on the XBox 360, and it's impossible. Given Bethesda's track record, do NOT buy this for consoles - they will not patch these problems. Fortunately there's an active modding community on the PC, and there's a mechanism in-game (again on the PC only) for adjusting broken objects, characters, stories and plotlines on the fly. On the console, you're just screwed:

* Game will eventually corrupt your save game with no chance of recovery.
* Game will eventually start freezing when buying from merchants (especially if you purchase a Caravan playing card)
* Game will crash if certain story choices are made, or will not be completable if certain story choices are made
* Game will crash if certain gameplay choices are made (e.g. don't shoot Caleb McCafferty in the head)
* Game will randomly crash when fast traveling (anywhere, any time. I'd suggest saving often but you'll run a greater risk of save game corruption)
* Game will randomly cause areas of the map to be "dead zones" - entering them triggers a crash (e.g. Nipton)

Bethesda has only acknowledged one of these problems, and it's taken them more than 2 weeks to promise a fix (which they haven't yet). This article is spot-on - don't buy buggy software. Bethesda makes buggy software. Don't buy Bethesda software Q.E.D.


Submission + - Death Star convention centre

Wouter Bergmann Tiest writes: Rem Koolhaas and Reinier de Graaf from architecture firm OMA have designed the new Ras al Khaimah Convention and Exhibition Centre in the United Arab Emirates in the shape of the Death Star from “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope”. The convention centre will include hotel rooms, apartments, offices and retail space.

When a fellow says, "It ain't the money but the principle of the thing," it's the money. -- Kim Hubbard