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Contacted J. Pataki [S3/Spinball tester]

#1 User is offline drx 

Posted 26 June 2007 - 03:30 AM

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Contrary to what you might think at first, a tester might give some very nice info from the development of a game. There's probably going to be more, here's what I got so far:


During testing of the cartridge games, the lead tester
would burn several copies onto EPROMS, and then
distribute them to the testers on his team. Each EPROM
was numbered, and had to be signed in and signed out.
EPROMS are more expensive than CDs, so they were very
careful about knowing where they were at all times.
Also, after the final version of a game was burned,
and had gone through testing, the chips would then be
reused for future games until they wore out.

If games were burned onto CDs, such as the Sega Saturn
or 3DO (for Electronic Arts), the CDs were generally
destroyed or used as coasters, wall decoration, etc.
They were as ubiquitous as those AOL disks that were

Most games had been programmed overseas by the
Japanese, so when they came to us, the English
translations were just horrible and the better
grammarians in our group would work on making them
sound less foolish. As gamers know, many of our
corrections never made it to the final cut -
programmers and producers care about gameplay, not
However, in one of the Sonic games, Sonic had to hit a
lot of blue balls. The game screen said "Get Blue
Balls" and our (mostly male) testing team sniggered
all over the place, as will happen, because that was
just funny. The text was later changed to "Blue
Spheres" and I have no idea what made it to the final
cut. I think they changed into red spheres.
If I think of any more changes, I'll let you know. :)

Enjoy =)

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Posted 26 June 2007 - 08:06 AM

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lmao. I actually wondered where this change happened, since in the japanese manual (Strategy guide? I forget) they're referred to as ブルーボール (Blue Ball). Good stuff, drx.

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Posted 26 June 2007 - 11:07 AM

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That's very cool, thanks!

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Another close encouter with Engrish for Sonic.

Oh yeah -

In before someone hacks the rom to say "Get Blue Balls"
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Hahahahaha, oh I wish that would have made it to the final cut.

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Posted 26 June 2007 - 02:07 PM

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Hah, that's awesome. Someone should seriously look into putting that back in.

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Anyway, good stuff, thanks for the info drx.

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Interesting stuff. I hope he remembers more...

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Posted 27 June 2007 - 06:43 AM

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View PostAshura2k, on Jun 27 2007, 07:32 AM, said:

Interesting stuff. I hope he remembers more...

She =)

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