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DJ Hero 2: If It Locks Up, Ditch A Friend

Weird bug plagues DJ Hero 2, here's a workaround.

Hey there, by now you may have seen our DJ Hero 2 Quick Look, where Brad and I "eff it up old-school" on a turntable and a microphone. That was our first experience with the final retail version of the game, and it locked up like three times while we were playing it, usually right at the end of the song. 

  

  
 
It sounds like this was already corrected on the PlayStation 3, but over on the Xbox 360, if you're experiencing lockups at the end of every single song, it's probably because your friends list is full. Apparently there's some sort of issue related to the way the game pulls scores from your friends list and displays them in-game, and if you've got a full list, the whole game explodes! Cool, right?

Anyway, G4 bugged Activision about it and heard that a patch for the 360 version should be available by the end of the week. Until then, if you're looking to get busy on the decks and stuff, you need to either play offline or cut someone from your friends list. Consider yourself warned! Jeff Gerstmann on Google+
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Posted by Jeff

Hey there, by now you may have seen our DJ Hero 2 Quick Look, where Brad and I "eff it up old-school" on a turntable and a microphone. That was our first experience with the final retail version of the game, and it locked up like three times while we were playing it, usually right at the end of the song. 

  

  
 
It sounds like this was already corrected on the PlayStation 3, but over on the Xbox 360, if you're experiencing lockups at the end of every single song, it's probably because your friends list is full. Apparently there's some sort of issue related to the way the game pulls scores from your friends list and displays them in-game, and if you've got a full list, the whole game explodes! Cool, right?

Anyway, G4 bugged Activision about it and heard that a patch for the 360 version should be available by the end of the week. Until then, if you're looking to get busy on the decks and stuff, you need to either play offline or cut someone from your friends list. Consider yourself warned!
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Posted by Iamun

Good thing I have no friends

Posted by SteamPunkJin

I had lock up issues with the first DJ Hero if I played a setlist that was too long - haven't had any trouble in DJH2 yet, once on the main screen it froze but also could have been my console as the Menu button didn't work.

Posted by skrutop

Not going to be an issue for me.  No friends, and I don't play DJ Hero. 
 
I do however, drink a lot.

Posted by ajamafalous

Lol.

Posted by gbrading

Really bizarrely specific bug. Weird.
Posted by arab_prince
@Iamun said:
" Good thing I have no friends "
HAH
Posted by Hamz

When I saw your tweet about this I thought it was absurd. Such an odd bug.

Posted by Jeffmoocow

Wow that's stupid.

Posted by TurboMan

how the hell is something like this not caught by the QA team? Such a simple sounding bug to find in my opinion

Posted by Kraznor

Or not have many friends. Not an issue for me. The lineup of songs, on the other hand, is grossing me out.

Posted by louiedog

Good thing I don't have any friends or DJ Hero 2. Yes... Hornberger!

Posted by Duffyside
@TurboMan said:
" how the hell is something like this not caught by the QA team? Such a simple sounding bug to find in my opinion "
To be fair, probably because most people don't have 100 friends? QA probably doesn't think to test for it, because who has 100 friends? 
 
The gaming press. That's who.
Edited by Skald
@Jeff said:

if you've got a full list, the whole game explodes! Cool, right?

Yes. Totally awesome feature. More games should crash if random conditions outside of the game itself are met. 
 
It's like a surprise party, only instead of a party it's the DJ Hero 2 apocalypse.
Edited by bybeach

Covering my lack of friends, and that this game adds absolutly nothing for me to correct that  sad situatiion, I think the whole issue is moot. 
 
If I ever change my mind, my cat can sing pretty......she tries!
Posted by TadThuggish

Don't make excuses; it's still pretty pathetic no one found this during development, and that it happens in the first place.

Posted by random_guy23
@Iamun said:
" Good thing I have no friends "
THIS
Edited by TheGremp
@Duffyside said:

" @TurboMan said:

" how the hell is something like this not caught by the QA team? Such a simple sounding bug to find in my opinion "
To be fair, probably because most people don't have 100 friends? QA probably doesn't think to test for it, because who has 100 friends?  The gaming press. That's who. "
Actually, most people I've played with have 100 friends, due to real life friends, tournaments, clans, and the like.  I have just over 80 at the moment, so it's not a totally unheard of thing to have 100 friends.
Posted by 234r2we232

It's good if you can get this far. But do the controllers actually work this time?

Posted by Megasoum

I REALLY doubt that QA missed that. I work in QA (not for Activision) and this is one of the first thing we test when we get a new game (btw entering 70-75 friend codes on a Wii is not fun lol). 
 
This looks more like a big Microsoft fail. I really can't understand how MS Cert missed that...

Posted by KeepThisKoupon
@Iamun said:
" Good thing I have no friends "
Posted by Afroman269
@random_guy23 said:
" @Iamun said:
" Good thing I have no friends "
THIS "
Posted by Duffyside
@TheGremp said:
" @Duffyside said:

" @TurboMan said:

" how the hell is something like this not caught by the QA team? Such a simple sounding bug to find in my opinion "
To be fair, probably because most people don't have 100 friends? QA probably doesn't think to test for it, because who has 100 friends?  The gaming press. That's who. "
Actually, most people I've played with have 100 friends, due to real life friends, tournaments, clans, and the like.  I have just over 80 at the moment, so it's not a totally unheard of thing to have 100 friends. "
Not unheard of, but really rare. I mean, out of the 40 million people who have a 360, how many do you think have full friends lists? I'd say... ten thousand?
Posted by JamesKond

Only a problem for 'clebs', like you giantbomb folk ^^

Posted by FritzDude

Oh man... Every game got serious bugs nowdays...

Posted by MisterMouse

that is a weird bug

Posted by SuperJoe

It's always sad when relationships fall apart.  DJ Hero 2 ruins friendships.

Posted by CookieMonster

yo we heard you like bugs so we put some bugs in yo bugs

Posted by riffingt0n

And one I remove from my friends list will be... DJ HERO 2!
 
j/k, I don't have that many friends.  I actually think the game looks pretty good when it's got moving pictures and stuff.  Not my cup o' tea necessarily, but if I was somewhere and this was there, I'd be interested in getting my hands on it.

Posted by PLWolf

When I get it, it'll be for the PS3 anyway, but still. That's a crazy bug to have.
So, are we going to get an updated QL?

Posted by JammyMan

Clearly the makers of DJ hero have no friends... 

Posted by LiquidPrince

PS3 patches are coming pretty quickly nowadays.

Posted by Megasoum
@LiquidPrince said:
" PS3 patches are coming pretty quickly nowadays. "
It's not like the sony certifications department has a lot of games to check this fall.....
 
 
OHHH SNAPPPP
 
 
(sorry couldn't resist haha)
Posted by Meteora

This is a weird ass bug.

Posted by xyzygy

It's not like this is a big issue anyway, what with the new update that will increase the friend limit to 1000. And I highly doubt anyone will get that many friends any time soon, unless it's GiantBombing.

Posted by LiquidPrince
@Megasoum said:
" @LiquidPrince said:
" PS3 patches are coming pretty quickly nowadays. "
It's not like the sony certifications department has a lot of games to check this fall.....   OHHH SNAPPPP   (sorry couldn't resist haha) "
As opposed to what on the 360...? I mean the only thing coming out on the 360 is Fable 3. I mean I can't think of anything else I might buy...
Posted by Quacktastic

Kind of funny for a game that's add slogan is "mix2gether"

Posted by Megasoum
@LiquidPrince said:
" @Megasoum said:
" @LiquidPrince said:
" PS3 patches are coming pretty quickly nowadays. "
It's not like the sony certifications department has a lot of games to check this fall.....   OHHH SNAPPPP   (sorry couldn't resist haha) "
As opposed to what on the 360...? I mean the only thing coming out on the 360 is Fable 3. I mean I can't think of anything else I might buy... "
Well there's huh....you know.....huh.....right. Touché!
Posted by Alphazero

Programming is hard.  
 
Pour one out for QA. They don't get much love, but they are key to the entire operation.

Posted by Conformunist

Normally, I'd say something snarky and lame about this bug but I kinda feel for DJH2.   
 
Triple digits fuck me up too.

Posted by SleepyDoughnut

Good to see it won't affect the majority of the players, and it will soon be a non-issue. Still unfortunate though.

Posted by Terjay

Too bad. Good thing they're fixing it quickly.

Posted by JJWeatherman

Wow. Bugs run rampant this week!

Posted by c_rakestraw

Now that's a strange bug. Wonder what's causing it.

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Posted by smcn
@xyzygy said:

" It's not like this is a big issue anyway, what with the new update that will increase the friend limit to 1000. And I highly doubt anyone will get that many friends any time soon, unless it's GiantBombing. "

http://twitter.com/#!/majornelson/status/27373529218
Posted by ch13696

Good thing none of my friends play this game. As a matter of fact, neither do I. Should I worry?

Posted by xyzygy
@smcn said:
" @xyzygy said:

" It's not like this is a big issue anyway, what with the new update that will increase the friend limit to 1000. And I highly doubt anyone will get that many friends any time soon, unless it's GiantBombing. "

http://twitter.com/#!/majornelson/status/27373529218 "
Lol. Guess I wasn't around when people found out it wasn't true... I was kinda of thinking that 1000 was a lot. 
 
I only have 20-something on mine and it's enough. If you have 100 people on the friends list, you should be doing some deleting anyway.
Posted by phoenixflames

So who is the poor smuck that got deleted from Jeff's account?

Posted by Mystyr_E

they're not expanding the friends list? way to listen to your audience, Microsoft

Posted by TiE23

Hah. Having just taken a break from some programming homework it's probably from a simple out-of-bounds issue with an array. One typo probably left a bug that can only display 99 friends instead of 100. Some zero-count issue, probably.

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