Any old timers remember this?

Discussion in 'General Gaming and Hardware Forum' started by requiem_for_a_starfury, Apr 25, 2008.

  1. requiem_for_a_starfury

    requiem_for_a_starfury So Old I'm Losing Radiation Signs

    Apr 3, 2003
    Back in the day, when the choice wasn't between the 360 and the PS3 but between the Zx Spectrum and Commodore 64. The rumour mill had it that there was a game that was so hard that if you died it was game over permanently, you couldn't have another go on that machine, or maybe it was with that copy.

    Anyone remember hearing this playground legend? And if so which game was it?
     
  2. babadook

    babadook Testament to the ghoul lifespan
    Staff Member Admin Orderite Board Cop oTO

    Apr 2, 2005
    I played Outrun on a friends computer once, and it permanently died when I shut the game down. Never heard any similar stories about outrun specifically though. Note: pc version.

    Never heard about any c64 game like that, sadly. Sounds like an awesome myth.
     
  3. Josan12

    Josan12 Vault Senior Citizen

    Oct 15, 2007
    Now thats what i call HARDCORE!! (or ironman if you prefer)
     
  4. FeelTheRads

    FeelTheRads Vault Senior Citizen

    Sep 15, 2004
    http://www.mobygames.com/game/apple2/sub-mission

    This one?

    It's the only one I know that's similar to what you described only I didn't try it yet and I don't really understand what "permanently deleting a character from the game disk" means. Doesn't sound that bad, just that you'd have to start over. But maybe it's worse than that.
     
  5. requiem_for_a_starfury

    requiem_for_a_starfury So Old I'm Losing Radiation Signs

    Apr 3, 2003
    If was released previously (between 82-85) on the Speccy then maybe, but probably not.

    Imagine if 360 or PS3 games came on DVD+RW and if you lost then then the game instead of saving a game to the hard drive deleted some of the files on the DVD, making it useless. That's what they could do with floppy drives, unlike cartridges (?) or cassettes, which were protected from overwriting by removal of the plastic tabs. I buggered up my copy of Gunship once when I thought I had a blank floppy in my C64's drive and formatted it.

    Nice find though, there might of been some truth to the myth after all.
     
  6. FeelTheRads

    FeelTheRads Vault Senior Citizen

    Sep 15, 2004
    Yeah, I got the idea. I know how floppies work. It's just the way it's explained... it sounds like the game just deletes the characters you've created (and saved on the floppy) and all you have to do is simply start over. Doesn't sounds horrible.

    Edit: Oh, wait, there's more trivia on MobyGames:


    So it seems it was actually making the game unplayable from that disk or something like that.