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Halo 2 Vista delayed due to nudity?

Halo 2 Vista delayed due to nudity?

Halo 2 has been delayed thanks to nudity arising from a code error. Sure Bill, a code 'error'.

It's hard to believe, but it's apparently true. In an email sent to Next-Gen.biz, Microsoft has admitted that Halo 2 Vista has been delayed due to partial nudity arising because of a coding error.

“It has come to our attention that an unfortunate, obscure content error which includes partial nudity was included in our initial production of “Halo 2” for Windows Vista. As such, we have updated the initial game packaging at retailers with a label, so customers are aware before purchasing the game. Additionally, we’ve developed an online update which can be downloaded from www.halo2.com to remove the content," read the statement from Microsoft - now to be officially recognised as Bill Gates House of Porn.

The Vista version of Halo 2 has been the victim of reoccurring delays in the past due to problems with some of the new technologies being included in the updated, DX10 version of the console best-seller.

Obviously, Microsoft is very wary of getting stung by the ESRB who has come down hard on games with mature content hidden inside in the past. This was infamously the case with the GTA 'Hot Coffee Mod' and also Bethesda's newest Elder Scrolls title, Oblivion.

The delay has pushed the game's release back from this week until the 8th of June, so mark that date in your calendar if for some reason you actually want to play this graphically updated version of a mediocre, two and a half year old console port.

In the mean time, you can check out our impressions of the Halo 3 Multiplayer Beta, or just get to the forums and speculate whether it was Master Chief or Cortana who was 'flying low', so to speak.

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DougEdey 25th May 2007, 10:51 Quote
I want the game now...
yakyb 25th May 2007, 11:41 Quote
very funny anyone have a screen?
ralph.pickering 25th May 2007, 12:05 Quote
America is so f***ed up. Seriously.

I'm happy for little Johnny to play games containing mindless (but entertaining) violence, but god forbid he should see a virtual breast.

Maybe if they were less uptight about sex they'd be less inclined to go shooting up schools and colleges?
Kaboom22 25th May 2007, 12:15 Quote
Great picture :D
perplekks45 25th May 2007, 13:41 Quote
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Originally Posted by Kaboom22
Great picture :D
Looks like gay porn though. :|

The good-ol'-nudity problem, eh? Childish and stupid...
DarkLord7854 25th May 2007, 13:44 Quote
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The Vista version of Halo 2 has been the victim of reoccurring delays in the past due to problems with some of the new technologies being included in the updated, DX10 version of the console best-seller.

That's crap, I have Halo2 Vista, there's a few higher res textures, but that's it. They don't even support widescreen formats, so instead of 1440x900 res I'm stuck at 1024x768 -.-
And it's definitely not DX10, it only uses DX9

Wish I could return the game, was such a waste of money. Bleh.
CardJoe 25th May 2007, 13:56 Quote
Bindi assures me that it's definitely DX10, a vista ONLY release. How did you get it anyway, it's not released yet.
DrFreeze 25th May 2007, 13:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by DarkLord7854
That's crap, I have Halo2 Vista, there's a few higher res textures, but that's it. They don't even support widescreen formats, so instead of 1440x900 res I'm stuck at 1024x768 -.-
And it's definitely not DX10, it only uses DX9

Wish I could return the game, was such a waste of money. Bleh.

not to ruin your hissy fit, but how would it run Dx10 on dx9 hardware? upgrade your 7900GS to a GF8 series card and we'll talk again
Zurechial 25th May 2007, 14:22 Quote
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The delay has pushed the game's release back from this week until the 8th of June, so mark that date in your calendar if for some reason you actually want to play this graphically updated version of a mediocre, two and a half year old console port.


:) :) :) :)

Master Chief got pwned by Joe. :)
mikeuk2004 25th May 2007, 14:25 Quote
wheres Jack when you need him??? He aint hiding is he??? becuase its MS lol
CardJoe 25th May 2007, 14:36 Quote
The odd thing is I really liked Halo 2 coop on the Xbox. It was fun, but the singleplayer was pretty dull for a lone player and the multiplayer was something I could never get the hang of.

Coop always makes any game better though, so by that notion Left4Dead will be the most awesome game ever made since Serious Sam coop.
DarkLord7854 25th May 2007, 14:43 Quote
Co-op is in Halo2Vista
woof82 25th May 2007, 14:44 Quote
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Originally Posted by ralph.pickering
America is so f***ed up. Seriously.

I'm happy for little Johnny to play games containing mindless (but entertaining) violence, but god forbid he should see a virtual breast.

Maybe if they were less uptight about sex they'd be less inclined to go shooting up schools and colleges?


Interesting point.

See, now I'm just curious as to what the actaul content was.

I've also noticed that the way that some news articles have been written made it sound like hot coffee was MS's fault.
DarkLord7854 25th May 2007, 14:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by DrFreeze
not to ruin your hissy fit, but how would it run Dx10 on dx9 hardware? upgrade your 7900GS to a GF8 series card and we'll talk again

http://www.pcgamersblog.com/50226711/halo_2_vista_wont_support_directx_10.php

http://videogames.netscape.com/story/2006/12/12/halo-2-vista-wont-support-directx-10/

http://www.gamespot.com/features/6169711/index.html


Sorry to say, but, Halo2 does not support DX10. Of course, if you have a GF8 series it'll run "better" but that's it.
CardJoe 25th May 2007, 15:52 Quote
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Originally Posted by DarkLord7854
Co-op is in Halo2Vista

True, but so did Halo 2 on xbox. Why pay £30 to microsoft to get a console port thats two and a half years old that they've only bothered with to showcase their new tech anyway? I used to have the game for Xbox and played coop to death on that with Bauul until my brother sold it.

Halo 2 Vista? Don't see the point in buying it. Nowadays you can get an Xbox really cheap from gamestation anyway so why not get it and the original halo 2 to play it as it was meant to be played and only spend about £20 more.

Ugh. I need to stop this ranting.
Bauul 25th May 2007, 17:06 Quote
I remember playing the original Halo on PC, a stupidly system hungry game that just didn't work as well on the PC as the console. I'd imagine Halo 2 would be similar. Personally, I think it would make sense if Microsoft released it as a budget title, like £5 or something. I mean, they're not going to set the world on fire with a console port of a game everyone who has wanted to play it already has. However, if they made it beautiful and DX10 only, it would lend encouragement to people to upgrade, which can only help Microsoft. It seems odd they honestly think people would pay full price for a game like this.

Not that it's a bad game, as Joe points out the co-op was great fun, if only because you couldn't really die, and saying "yeah I'll cover you!" before gutting your teammate in the back with the sword thing was great fun too (sorry Joe). But it's not worth another £30 for basically the same thing again. Hmm, though of course with all future releases what the publishers have played for it remains to be seen.
pendragon 25th May 2007, 18:03 Quote
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Originally Posted by CardJoe
True, but so did Halo 2 on xbox. Why pay £30 to microsoft to get a console port thats two and a half years old that they've only bothered with to showcase their new tech anyway? I used to have the game for Xbox and played coop to death on that with Bauul until my brother sold it.

Halo 2 Vista? Don't see the point in buying it. Nowadays you can get an Xbox really cheap from gamestation anyway so why not get it and the original halo 2 to play it as it was meant to be played and only spend about £20 more.

Ugh. I need to stop this ranting.

do you think maybe some people like playing FPS's with a mouse instead of an effing gamepad? :| maybe? ...I do.
CardJoe 25th May 2007, 18:41 Quote
True, but do those people like playing old console ports with a mouse or would they prefer to save their monies up for Crysis, which will cost the same? Maybe?...I do ;)
DarkLord7854 25th May 2007, 19:25 Quote
I returned mine to Wal-Mart :D
DougEdey 25th May 2007, 20:08 Quote
ESRB have released more details Joe:
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Originally Posted by ESRB via Kotaku

"After the M (Mature 17+) rating assignment was issued for Halo 2 for Vista and just prior to the shipment of the game to retail, Microsoft notified ESRB about pertinent content found in a map editor tool that is being bundled with the game. The content in question, although likely to be inaccessible to the vast majority of users, displays a photograph of an individual showing his bare backside to the user when a particular error occurs, and thus warrants a 'Partial Nudity' content descriptor in order to alert consumers to its presence in the product. Microsoft has therefore applied stickers with correct ESRB rating information to the packaging of virtually all copies that will ship to retail in the U.S. and Canada. We have been advised by Microsoft that future runs of the game will be produced without the content in question, thus negating the need for the descriptor to be displayed on those versions.

"ESRB's job is to ensure that games are appropriately labeled, and that is precisely what we did in this case. We greatly appreciate Microsoft's cooperation in this matter." - Entertainment Software Rating Board
link

Or in other words, when you get an error in the map editor (hinting that there's a map editor bundled?) you'll get a naked ass!
DarkLord7854 25th May 2007, 20:32 Quote
Yea, there's a map editor bundled. I'm gonna go try it :)
culley 25th May 2007, 20:36 Quote
What a load of crap!
DarkLord7854 25th May 2007, 20:44 Quote
I don't see the error :(
mayakovski 25th May 2007, 21:21 Quote
All I can say is thank god for bit torrent because this sure is not worth paying money for.

Let's see:
2 year old graphics - Check
2 year old intro - Check
2 year old sounds - Check
exact same game play as original - Check

Charging full retail price with a straight face - Priceless.
Neogumbercules 26th May 2007, 00:49 Quote
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Originally Posted by ralph.pickering
America is so f***ed up. Seriously.

I'm happy for little Johnny to play games containing mindless (but entertaining) violence, but god forbid he should see a virtual breast.

Maybe if they were less uptight about sex they'd be less inclined to go shooting up schools and colleges?

Wrong. Find me a single case of violent school shootings in the US where violent videogames contributed in any way or reason for the suspects motivation to commit murder. Then, try to explain how seeing a boob on TV would have prevented such an act. You can't because people don't shoot up schools for stupid reasons like violent videogames and breasts on TV aren't the solution to the worlds problems.

Germany heavily censors violent content in their games and television and is more open sexually than the US and they have had their fair share of school shootings. While I find the seemingly "fear of nudity" in the mainstream media in the US to be silly, making broad statements such as that is pretty dumb. Also, there have been plenty of recent games with nudity in them such as God of War I and II. They even had sex mini games. It's not a matter of "America" censoring content, it's a matter of the ESRB rating being accurate and developers being forthcoming with what they have in their game. If the back of the box on GoW didn't say "Nudity and Strong Sexual Content" and then someone played the game and saw all the tits and sex the ESRB would be the one to take the blame when a bunch of uptight soccer moms decided to sue them.

See, the ESRB has to maintain its credibility and decrease its chances of being sued by some uptight soccer mom. If they let anything slide then people will start to question the validity of the group and eventually what we'll end up with is something much worse. The reason they are getting so strict on the developers is because they need to be able to cover their asses when something pops up in the game that wasn't previously there.

I'd much rather keep the ESRB the way it is now and deal with their strictness than have some politically charged special interest group in charge of dealing with game ratings. Trust me, the strictness of the ESRB is MUCH better than what a lot of people would like to see.
pendragon 26th May 2007, 00:53 Quote
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Originally Posted by CardJoe
True, but do those people like playing old console ports with a mouse or would they prefer to save their monies up for Crysis, which will cost the same? Maybe?...I do ;)

Personal taste I guess.. my only point was there *is* a reason why people will like playing Halo 2 on a PC vs spending more money and getting a Xbox if they didnt have one already.
perplekks45 26th May 2007, 01:15 Quote
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Originally Posted by pendragon
Personal taste I guess.. my only point was there *is* a reason why people will like playing Halo 2 on a PC vs spending more money and getting a Xbox if they didnt have one already.
But MS seems to do everything to make gamers get annoyed, don't they? ;)
DarkLord7854 26th May 2007, 01:27 Quote
Apparently, this is the error in question: http://img360.imageshack.us/img360/2135/untitleddf7uv9.png
completemadness 26th May 2007, 02:47 Quote
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Originally Posted by DarkLord7854
Apparently, this is the error in question: http://img360.imageshack.us/img360/2135/untitleddf7uv9.png
lmao - i bet somone got fired for that
Bauul 26th May 2007, 09:35 Quote
Lol, well I guess technically it is partial nudity. Lol, who thought putting that there would be a good idea?
DarkLord7854 26th May 2007, 10:05 Quote
The map editor is a direct copy from the bungie labs
scq 26th May 2007, 11:26 Quote
I love the excuses for delays.

Next up: Halo 2 for Windows delayed due to upsetting arrangement of toiletries in the 4th floor washroom at Redmond.

Are they rewriting the game? I thought it was just a port!
Bauul 26th May 2007, 19:45 Quote
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Originally Posted by DarkLord7854
The map editor is a direct copy from the bungie labs

Which means in all likelhood it'll be buggy, difficult to use and overly complicated. In my experience in-house map building software aren't designed to be stable, or work very well, they just need to get the job done prior to release, very rarely are they actually any good compared to stuff desgined to be used by the public. I'm not saying all map editors shipped with games are bad, they're not when they're desgined to be used by the public, but if it's a carbon copy of the software Bungie used, it means it's not 0eben designed for public use, and therefor probably will be rather hard to use.
pendragon 26th May 2007, 20:48 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by scq

Next up: Halo 2 for Windows delayed due to upsetting arrangement of toiletries in the 4th floor washroom at Redmond.


lmao!
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