Konami Tech Astounds: Game Deletes Hard Drives


Konami’s technological level has recently attracted concern, with the news that the 3D version of its “Aquanaut: Online Aquarium”, surprisingly enough a game of aquarium simulation, takes a rather drastic uninstallation measure – quoth their website:

Defect Symptoms:

When installed on drive C: or similar, upon uninstallation the program deletes all files extant on C:.

Our Response:

We will issue an update which enables normal uninstallation.

Update Schedule:

Currently, we are investigating. The release date is undecided.”

The usual platitudes follow, for once being severely understated. Just how long does it take to update an uninstaller so it does not delete customer hard drives?

The announcement, which doesn’t even mention that their product now uninstalls hard drives until half way through, can be read here.

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    Comment by Kurogane
    23:32 18/10/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wow... that's just bloody incompetent. Which is why Windows should never be installed on C:/....

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    Comment by Toiski
    17:05 19/10/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    > Wow… that’s just bloody incompetent. Which is why Windows should never be installed...

    Fixed that for you.

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    Comment by alex1_phang3
    21:25 19/10/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol this is hilarious, how many of that would sell XD

    Comment by Cyprene
    15:24 18/10/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's still bad, but I'm pretty sure that "doraibu no chokka" means installed directly into the C:\ base directory.
    So if it's in C:\aquanauts, you're fine, but if you installed the thing in C:\ you're screwed.

    May be wrong on that, but pretty sure.

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    Comment by Artefact
    16:12 18/10/2008 # ! Impenetrable

    Judging by the comments, it seems to rather more severe...

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:40 26/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Shut the fuck up you loser!

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    Comment by AsakuraZero
    11:37 18/10/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    people might try manual uninstalling (yeah go to the folders and delete the files and registries if necesary)

    Comment by Animerookie
    09:21 18/10/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    This problem affects PC or console (Xbox360, PS3) ?

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    Comment by Jarmel
    07:50 18/10/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    This kinda impressive. I wonder how many lawsuits they are going to get because of this?

    Comment by Mem
    09:40 18/10/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well it must be quite a surprise for people installing it. Very unexpected! I'm pretty sure people will understand it was just a small problem and live on without annoying the creators : D

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    Comment by Artefact

    It's a wonder anyone even complained at all about so a trifling a bug as having one's HDD wiped.

    Comment by JKTrix
    11:27 18/10/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Something similar happened last year when they were beta testing a Gurren-Lagann MMO. Apparently something happened that made Windows crash 'indefinitely', and Konami was sending out replacement 500GB drives to the users.


    Konami Code ftw

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