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OXM May 2005 Demo Disc #44 Darkwatch Demo Problems

April 19th, 2005

OXM May 2005 Demo Disc #44

OXM is being proactive about the May 2005 Darkwatch demo disc issue and sent the following email to subscribers:


To users of the Official Xbox Magazine May issue disc regarding the Darkwatch demo:

If you’re having trouble playing the demo for Darkwatch, we’ve got a quick solution.

  • If you’re an Xbox Live subscriber, make sure the network cable is disconnected from the back of your Xbox.
  • Go to the main dashboard (without any disc in the tray).
  • Change the clock on your Xbox’s Settings screen to show March 1, 2005.
  • Load up the Official Xbox Magazine May disc, and the demo will now work perfectly.

This problem is caused by a line of code in RenderWare, the engine powering the Darkwatch demo supplied to us by Sammy Studios. The demo worked perfectly in our testing, but due to an oversight at the developer, the demo has an expiration date that causes it not to work, so changing your system clock fixes the problem.

We apologize for the inconvenience, and can assure you that Sammy Studios is now working on a brand-new, fully functional demo of Darkwatch.

Rob Smith
Official Xbox Magazine

I think that the fix is not entirely accurate. If you do not have Auto Sign-In configured for the dashboard then you do not have to disconnect the Xbox Live cable. One of the features of Xbox Live is to synchronize your Xbox’s internal clock with the Xbox Live servers, very cool.

Also the clock doesn’t have to be set to March 1, 2005. In my testing I found that any date prior to March 2, 2005 works. I found just changing the year on my Xbox to 2004 worked.

As soon as I get a chance I’m going to change the date to 2004 and then connect to Live to see if the date gets changed to 2005.

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