Those are the words that I have been dreading writing for a few months now. I have performed no test, this is just a conclusion based on my own experience combined with hearing the same story from readers of my blog from all over the world. This whole thing started one Sunday when I was playing Call of Duty: World at War when all the sudden the game froze and I was forced to do a hard restart. When I restarted the PS3, the Call of Duty disc did not appear in the menu. I thought nothing of it and turned it off and back on, still nothing. Unplugged it, waited 10 minutes, still nothing.
At this point I started searching the net for possible culprits and solutions and that is where this story began. I found several message boards mentioning the problem, most of the time the people just said they had the same problem and they sent it to Sony but very few mentioned what they were playing when it happened. However, of the few who did an overwhelming majority said the problem occurred while playing Call of Duty, both COD 4 and World at War. Now from personal experience I never had any problems with COD4, but I was playing COD: WAW when it happened to me, so I will be the last person to tell anyone that this happened to while playing COD 4 that it can’t happen. I still wanted to really not believe it, but then after I blogged about it I started getting people saying the same thing happened to them and they were playing COD, so what I am to think?
Well if we apply Occam’s Razor (All other things being equal, the simplest solution is the best) then the only solution is that the Call of Duty disc is somehow causing these disc read errors on the PS3 and since I am almost positive that Call of Duty 4 and Call of Duty: World at War share some game code it becomes even more plausible. People will say how could this happen and more people not know about it, well if you account for people who thought this was just a random occurrence and the people who called Sony in warranty and simply got a new one then it becomes easier to see how.
I am not trying to flame anything, I am simply stating facts that I have gathered. It may not be COD, all the gamers that got this disc read error while playing a Call of Duty game could just be a coincidence, but I mean what are the odds of that? I have to state that since I bought my new PS3 I have not had any problems though my first PS3 was one of the original 60GB’s so I don’t know if that is also a connection. All I know is that there are too many coincidences for this to be nothing, but you search around and you be the judge.