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Wednesday, August 23, 2000
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10:14 AM | Michael Eilers | Comment on this story

We have seen reports by several IMG forum participants and in other locations around the web of players suffering corrupted saved games with Aspyr Media's recent port of Ion Storm's Deus Ex. The problem seems to stem from overwriting your saved game file as you progress through the game.

As each savegame can be nearly 2 megabytes in size, some have chosen to overwrite the previous game to save drive space. This can reveal a flaw in the game (which also exists on the PC side) and may leave your saved game unusable.

Ken Cobb of Westlake Interactive, the company which ported this title to the Mac OS, noted the following on Usenet:

I talked with Ion Storm today about the savegame files getting corrupted
in Deus Ex. The programmer I spoke with said the bug exists in the PC
version also and they are working to track down the problem. Whenever
they come up with a fix I'll update the Mac app as soon as possible.

In the mean time, I would suggest alternating savegames so you're not
saving to the same file over and over again. This way, if the savegame
does become corrupt, you always have a previous save. I know it's more
trouble to do it this way, but it beats replaying hours of the game.

Personally, we don't have a problem replaying hours of this engrossing game, but the strategy he suggests is a good interim fix if you are short on drive space. Of course, you could follow the advice of another Usenet poster and try to get through the entire game on Realistic difficulty without saving -- after all, that would be the most 'realistic' way to play...

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