FFD: What sorts of bad gaming luck have you had?

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It’s Friday the 13th, and many – because of superstitious twaddle – find the day unlucky. While I don’t go in for that sort of nonsense, I do revel in people’s tales of bad luck.

I’ll tell you something that’s happened to me twice; updating a product’s firmware only to have the power cut out. The tech savvy amongst you will know that this can very much mean the death of a product, and for me, it did.

It was actually back in the before times, when manufacturers actually gimped their hardware to sell off for a cheaper price. I was modifying a standard Nvidia GTX 6800 – not exactly a cheap card – in to a 6800 Ultra. It would have increased the performance rather significantly; had the power not tripped mid-flash, rendering the card a very odd-looking doorstop. It’s something that happened again with my motherboard – but I was lucky enough to find a way to flash its bios anew.

I know even console users can have bad luck. Friends have gone through consoles like they’re expendable; with one already on his third Xbox One; the first two were faulty, right out of the box. There are even less extreme bits of bad luck, but bad luck nonetheless. Have you taken a day off work to play the latest game, only to find the servers down, you’re the delivery guy driving past your house? Did you buy a PSP Go?

What sort of gaming bad luck has befallen you?

Last Updated: February 13, 2015

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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