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Wipeout delayed for failing epilepsy tests

Wipeout, famous amongst Playstation enthusiasts isn’t being plagued by technical errors or weird bugs, no it’s failed the epilepsy test according to various sources. Sony doesn’t confirm this however, according to them it’s a specific technical problem that’s really tricky to resolve.

Last week Sony issued a statement that Wipeout HD, the latest iteration in the series isn’t ready yet, and came up with the aforementioned excuse. This seemed like a valid reason, although many people who got to see the game (including Playstatic last year) say that the framerate is smooth as silk and everything works like a charm. Apparently Sony submitted the game to quality control where it failed the epilepsy test. At least one people got to enjoy the game for a bit until he suffered from a seizure. What a wonderful job he must have.

However, one possible explanation for the silence is that the game’s blisteringly fast 60 frames a second refresh rate coupled with the strobing background scenery and constant bobbing of the craft is causing electrical disturbances in people suffering from epilepsy. Certainly games of this ilk have been known to cause motion sickness, but the high-tec imagery used in WipEout HD and the flashing lights might well be adding up to more serious issues, and does go some way to back up what Reeves said last week.

Whether this is true or not, the sad fact remains that we won’t be playing Wipeout HD for a while. We’ll definitely keep you posted on this.

Thanks to Lotus 111s for submitting this news.

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21 comments on 'Wipeout delayed for failing epilepsy tests'

Comment by stumpa on 2008-07-25 17:33:50

yeah

Comment by tony on 2008-07-25 18:42:05

that game looks shit anyway

Comment by Lotus 111s on 2008-07-26 08:39:09

You ARE sharing that brain cell with Chadwardenn.

If you don’t like Wipeout fair enough can’t argue that, to call Wipeout shit just goes to show that you really are just trolling. Do us all a favour and go somewhere like N4G that place is full of nob heads.

Comment by tony on 2008-07-26 16:09:14

i am allowed an opinion you know from the screen shot it does look shit IMO and are still going on about chadwardenn he hasn’t been on this website for quite a while now

Comment by Lotus 111s on 2008-07-27 11:58:08

So you formed your opinion on the game from a screenshot, that says all we need to know about you.

Also if you had read my reply you might of noticed i said that if you don’t like the game then that’s fair enough, but to say it’s shit is a blinkered view. I hate the Final Fantasy series but i would never call them shit JUST because i don’t like them, they are for millions fantastic games, the same can be said for the Wipeout series which many say the first one cemented the Playstation 1 as THE console to own.

If you don’t want people to think your a trolling moron i would post a more informed opinion than “that game looks shit anyway” ESPECIALLY when that opinion is formed on a bloody screenshot.

Comment by tony on 2008-07-27 13:11:07

you need to chill mate instead of writing all of that you could of just said i disagree, i think its looks good. Not, OMG your a moron!!!!!!!!!!, there are no shit games

Comment by Lotus 111s on 2008-07-27 22:22:40

The ‘you need to chill’ comment is the recourse of the stupid.
I never said there was no shit games my guess is 60% of games released are pretty bloody shoddy, what i said is don’t call a massive selling/hugely popular game shit just because your pea brain doesn’t like it. Call it dull/boring/to difficult/not my type, don’t join the millions of game playing moron’s on the net saying this is shit and that is shit JUST because THEY don’t play it or worse because they DON’T own the console(not saying that about you btw), think before you type and type more than 5 words that way you can get respect instead of being labelled a moron/troll.

Comment by tony on 2008-07-28 08:13:41

okie dokie

Comment by stumpa on 2008-07-27 08:15:11

horses for courses but wipeout is the best non car based racing game ever, and this next version will hopefully be the best one of all

Comment by stumpa on 2008-07-27 08:16:45

although they did pick the crapiest screen shot to show it check out the videos for a better indication

Comment by Veritas on 2008-07-28 20:19:42

Lol, PS3 gives people seizures.

Comment by YourRUDE on 2008-09-01 09:47:02

Seizures are not FUNNY there VERY real and scary even. People can die having a seizure or even become retarded so to say. Thats not something to laugh about this is happening to CHILDREN YOUNG CHILDREN AS well as older children and adults, Who intrust just wanted to play a game!!! Not end up in the Dr.s or E.R. dealing with MORE ….

Comment by max on 2008-08-03 17:40:02

wait til u watch speed racer the movie!

Comment by The_Glovner on 2008-08-04 10:55:09

Ain’t gonna happen.

Comment by Craig on 2008-08-18 21:10:11

I imagine that none of your relatives/friends has epilepsy and haven’t seen the effects of flashing lights on us. Just stick to playing with yourself.

Comment by The_Glovner on 2008-08-19 10:33:20

sorry? Who exactly are you speaking to?

Comment by YourRUDE on 2008-09-01 09:50:20

Yeah well The game may look good and kool But for some of you to say ” LMAO ps3 causes seizures is just RUDE

Comment by YourRUDE on 2008-09-01 09:53:46

i have a 3 year old that almost died from have mulit seizures in a ROW from the SPONGEBOB game at that . And she had NEVER had one before playing that game NEVER!!!!!!!!!. its crazy and sad and it took away her right to be her self SO to withhold a game to save another child out there i think ITS well worth it

Comment by Tracy dJ on 2008-10-05 04:05:07

My son had a seizure last night- he does not have epilepsy and has never had a fit. I am outraged that Nintendo knows of a horrible possible health risk and they are not doing everything they can to make their games and game systems safer.

And, in case you were wondering, we have NEVER allowed him to play with his DS for more than 30 minutes at a time and NOT even every day for that matter!

Comment by The_Glovner on 2008-10-06 09:57:25

First off, nobody here has been rude.

People should learn to read and understand what is being said before commenting and making an arse of themselves.

Nobody has said seizures are funny, the comments only say that the fact that the PS3 causing them is funny.

To top it off I find it amusing that this game should be delayed for it since every game can possibly cause seizures and carries a health warning because of it.

As for your spongebob comment amd I to understand that your point is that spongebob squarepants by Nintendo actually gave your child 3 seizures and so is responsible for it? If so then do yourself a favour and stop commenting now because your point is ridiculous.

Should disco lights be banned because they “can” cause seizures? Should cars be band because they “can” cause injury and death?

Fucking foolish soap box shouting on the internet is the only thing that should be banned but we can’t have everything we ask for can we.

Comment by The_Glovner on 2008-10-06 09:58:33

Apologies, I got the two preceding comments mixed up there but the point still stands.

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