05 Dec 2012

When Autolog Fails.

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I recently bought myself the new Criterion game Need For Speed: Most Wanted™. I opted for the PS3 version as I knew a few others getting it on there and the draw of Autolog is a strong one for me, always driving up gaming enjoyment and adding extended life to a title. It transpired however that at some point in the past I had linked my PS3 name to an old EA Origin account which was not the same one I had for the 360 and PC games. So I called up EA and eventually got my PS3 persona removed from this account and transferred to my more active account.

The joys woes of Autolog

Great I thought, now my Autolog will be picking up details from both my PS3 and 360 friends within the game. Alas no, after spending a few hours racing and earning a good hundred thousand SpeedPoints™ I opened the menu to see all those points disappear and my score reset to what it was before I started the session. More calls and chats with EA were unable to rectify this problem so I finally decided to have the old origin account deleted, this must surely remove all details of it from Autolog right and I can start over?

Drastic Measures

So after about seven days wait (I had requested the deletion over thanksgiving, which probably wasn’t smart of me  for a US based company!) my old account was removed. I booted up the PS3 and deleted my saves and the game data file so everything was fresh. And indeed my score had reset to zero and all seemed well, I could earn points again and progress in the game. However, the game refused to connect to Autolog. I received an error 193 stating I had already connected Most Wanted to Autolog with another Origin account. Well yes I had, but now that account was gone and all I had was my active account, but no matter what I tried I couldn’t get past that error. Even creating another PS3 account, I have one for purchases in Danish Kroner, simply gave me the same error which seems very odd as that had never been added to an Origin account before. Something in Autlog is effectively banning my Origin account from the system!

#Fail

And so I find my interest in the game, for which I paid full price on launch, sapped. Without the heart of Autolog behind it the game feels like an empty shell. I have no need to finish a race better than in first place, my time is unimportant. Billboards loose their appeal as only seeing my own name, without even my own avatar makes them dull and uninteresting. EA at one point even told me to contact PSN support, how exactly they would be able to change anything inside of Autolog I’m not sure.

My only solution seems to be to rebuy the game on 360, effectively rewarding EA with a double purchase because they lack the control of their own systems to rectify the issue.

It’s not often I get mad with game publishers compared to most, but this is one of those few times.

05 Oct 2012

Mind your language

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So I’ve started language school. Denmark is pretty generous in helping an alien such as myself acclimatise to Danish life, and for the first three years of your residency free language classes can be undertaken. So far I’ve only had two five hour lessons, classes being held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but I seem to be doing OK. With the understanding at least, when it comes to my pronunciation.. well.. lets say that’s going to take some time! There is a good mix of people there, Nigerian, Burmese, Polish, Egyptian and even a Cook Islander, all off whom seem very friendly and we all help each other out which is essential for a good class.

Here’s hoping I can actually hold a conversation of sorts by the end of the year!

21 Aug 2012

I can stay!

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another sunny day

another sunny day (Photo credit: Thomsen-Jones)

We finally received word today that the powers that be in Denmark have granted my residency rights! So come Thursday I can go and register for a CPR (Tax) number and Health Card and start to feel like a true member of the Danish community. That’s a whole pile of deeply hidden stress from out of my mind, happy happy joy joy.

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