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Saturday, December 17, 2005

TV glitch mars Xbox 360 Kong game

Fans wanting to get the best out of the King Kong video game should avoid the version for Microsoft's new Xbox 360, the game's maker Ubisoft has suggested.

Ubisoft boss Yves Guillemot admitted that the 360 game is too dark on standard TVs, making it hard to play.

"I'm a bit disappointed that we didn't see it when we were developing the game," he told the BBC News website.

The game of the Hollywood blockbuster has received generally positive reviews and sold well in the UK.

"We have a problem on the 360," said Mr Guillemot. "The screen is dark on some TVs and it totally changes the experience. When it's dark, you don't see where you have to go."

The Ubisoft boss said the team who made the game used certain settings on high-definition TV screens.

It did not occur to them that there would be a problem with standard televisions, which are what most people use to play console games.

"We are looking to see if we can fix the code," said Mr Guillemot.

"It is the beginning of the high-definition TV era for us. It's a shame, but it happens with new machines. I don't think we will have it anymore."

He recommended that fans of the movie stick to the version for more established games consoles.

"When you play on an Xbox or a PlayStation 2, you start to see that it is beautiful," he said.
For the record, its unbelievable that this company didn't know about this before shipping the game. I've been playing King Kong on Xbox 360 lately, and because the console has to be connected to a system near my PC, where I can take screenshots and video capture, I've been playing it on a 27-inch standard definition TV. And sure enough, it's overly dark, almost unplayably so. That said, it's a decent if not earthshattering game.
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