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Game Tester Fired for Going on Record About XBox 360 Defects

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306w ago - VentureBeat's Dean Takahashi recently published an exhaustive history of the manufacturing issues that have surrounded the Xbox 360, resulting in still unknown numbers of defective consoles and a $1 billion price tag for Microsoft's games division.

Hypersensitive readers who pined for the day when we could all just "move on" from the story weren't the only invested parties who took issue with the exposé. One of Microsoft's own contract employees was fired for his participation in the story.

Robert Delaware, a Microsoft game tester employed by temp agency Excell Data, was let go on Wednesday and is expected to face civil charges from his former employer, according to an update from VentureBeat.

Delaware was the only source at Microsoft to be directly named in the original article. He was quoted by VentureBeat on two separate "red ring of death" scenarios, one that could be triggered by a reproduceable crash , citing NBA 2K6, and another related to dashboard update bugs with Capcom's Dead Rising.

The former game tester says he doesn't regret going on record about his experience with the Xbox 360. "If they want to come after me, bring it on," Delaware said,...
 

Wii USB Mass Storage Tester released!

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323w ago - Sven Peter has released his USB storage device tester for Wii homebrew.

This application searches for attached devices, tries to list the files on there and then writes a test.txt file to the device.

This is a major step forward for the scene but Sven does warn on his blog linked at the top of his article.

Download: Wii USB Mass Storage Tester

ANY DEVICE THAT HAS NOT A FAT FILESYSTEM ON IT WILL RESULT IN DATA CORRUPTION.

So be sure to read the instructions carefully and use at your own risk!
 
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