Vintage Defect: Moons Over My Halo

Back in 2007, a developer caused a delay in a very large software launch for an Easter egg or a prank:

Microsoft reps have told Next-Gen the real reason for the Halo 2 Vista delay: partial nudity–specifically someone’s backside in the game’s map editor, the Entertainment Software Rating Board added today.

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Friday morning, however, the ESRB e-mailed Next-Gen a statement that said a “photograph of an individual showing his bare backside” is accessible within Halo 2 Vista’s exclusive map editor tool. Apparently, it pops up when an “.ass” error occurs….

Hijinks that cost the company millions.

Moral of the story: Always check your software for .ass errors.

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