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    Everyone should read this....regarding updates/patches.

    COD: Black Ops - Patching Process
    Posted: 1 hour ago Hey Black Ops community –

    To answer many questions about the game update / patching process, I’ve provided a short walkthrough below to explain how it works and provide some basic timelines for each phase in the cycle.


    • Phase 1: Gather feedback, reproduce reports and implement solutions.
    • • As soon as the game is released, we scour the forums and play online with fans to gather feedback.
    • • The QA team reproduces all feedback reports in a test environment, enters them into our database, and assigns them to dev team members.
      • o Like any scientific process, reports must be reproduced in the test lab before they can be addressed. With millions of users playing the game, something reported by only a small number of users may not be easily reproducible. For this, it’s important that all reports in the forums provide as much helpful information as they can.

    • • Estimated time: Generally 2 weeks to build a comprehensive list, reproduce in the test environment, research cause, and implement solutions. This phase is typically the longest part of the process and can easily take more than 2 weeks, depending on the number and complexity of reports. Once a game is released, every change made is high risk, and adequate time is needed to implement the best possible solution.

      Phase 2: Test internally.
    • • Once the highest priority reports have been resolved, the updated game goes through a rigorous internal testing procedure.
    • • If new issues are discovered or the original issue is not fixed appropriately, more time is needed to research and implement new solutions. Video games are highly complex pieces of software. Every change made has a potential impact somewhere else in the game, so the entire game has to be tested with each update.
    • • Estimated time: Minimum of 1 week to thoroughly test the entire game and internally approve the update for release.

      Phase 3: Console manufacturers test and approve the update for release.
    • • As soon as our QA team has approved the update internally, it is then submitted to the console manufacturers for their own testing and approval. At this point, it is out of our hands.
    • • If the game update is approved by the console manufacturers, the cycle is done and the update is prepped for release. If the game update is rejected, an accelerated version of the entire process starts again.
    • • Estimated time: Minimum of 1 week to get an approval.

      • o Note: PC patches do not require manufacturer approvals, but because of the high number of variables in computer hardware and OS configurations, both Phase 1 and Phase 2 require additional time that does not exist on consoles which have standardized hardware. The PC patch development cycle takes about the same amount of time start-to-finish as that of consoles.


      Phase 4: Release
    • • Once the game update is approved by both internal QA and the console manufacturers, it gets prepped for release. This is a very short phase, but it can add time to the process depending on a number of variables.
    • • Estimated time: Generally 2-3 days.


    That is a high level overview of the patching / update process. Time estimates listed above are averages – it usually takes at least a full month to complete a game update cycle. Often, there are multiple full game updates in the works simultaneously, which is why you see less than a month between full game updates. In some emergency cases, this time can be accelerated, but this is very rare.

    The description above outlines the process for publishing permanent game updates and does not apply in the same way to hot fixes. Hot fixes are temporary, server-side fixes that are used to patch in simple adjustments to the game. These are not permanent fixes, and they only apply to online portions of the game. Most significant changes to the game cannot be made with a hot fix.

    There you have it – hopefully this removes some of the mystery of the game update and patching process. Enjoy the game and continue to communicate your feedback to us!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cooperjs1 View Post
    Try re-ripping the disc. Otherwise, wait for the next update to be coming soon.
    Wait, how do I re-rip the disc? I am such a newb, sorry. =[

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    Quote Originally Posted by b45678 View Post
    Wait, how do I re-rip the disc? I am such a newb, sorry. =[
    Rip it again from your retail disc. If you ripped it to a hard drive, delete it and do it again. If you made a backup of your retail disc, you may have a bad backup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by b45678 View Post
    Wait, how do I re-rip the disc? I am such a newb, sorry. =[
    Your last post has been deleted. Read the forum rules. Do not post about this again.
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    ios224 v5.1

    hi there. As my call of duty black ops gets stuck on the loading screen, i downloaded IOS224, then found it in wad manager and installed it, but when i go into the game settings in usb loader, there is no option to load the game using IOS 224 like people suggest.

    Its been a while since i have played around with the wii. Have i forgot something??

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    Quote Originally Posted by davecambo View Post
    hi there. As my call of duty black ops gets stuck on the loading screen, i downloaded IOS224, then found it in wad manager and installed it, but when i go into the game settings in usb loader, there is no option to load the game using IOS 224 like people suggest.

    Its been a while since i have played around with the wii. Have i forgot something??

    which loader you using

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    Rumors Thats Many Wii Getting Disc Read Error Because Of Black Ops & Its Update, Is It True? Seems Like a Epidemic, many people experience it.

    It seems to be happening to Wiis that are before 2009(fall).(The DVD readable Wiis)
    That black ops is ruining the Wii's disc reader.

    "Nintendo Wii

    Ram --> 88 MB ( Shared between CPU and GPU)
    CPU --> 729 Mhz
    GPU --> 243 Mhz
    HDD --> 512 MB system storage and Up to 32 GB SD Card storage
    Resolution --> up to 480p

    Now, with those details in mind, continue reading this FAQ. This game is already pushing the limits of the Wii hardware way beyond anything anyone has attempted before." - Krank

    Seems possible...

    So has anyone else Wii disc reader got a error playing from Black Ops off the disc not a loader?

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    Now, with those details in mind, continue reading this FAQ. This game is already pushing the limits of the Wii hardware way beyond anything anyone has attempted before." - Krank
    This is not my quote, it's a quote from someone else.

    This game streams the map data off the disc (not loaded into the RAM like normal) so could have something to do with that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gordyt77 View Post
    Hi Krank, does this mean that i need to get the correct region game (If you don't get the update prompt or you get the "no content available" message, It's because you somehow have the wrong region game. Figure it out, don't post about it...the solution is obvious.) sorry but im a noob, or is there a way to make the wii believe its a different region. I know you said dont post about it but its not that obvious to me.
    I am a big fan of yours you have given me alot of advice in the past please help im on 4.2e and the BO is NTSC
    You need to buy the correct region disc and rip from that. There is no reason to have a disc and Wii with different regions.

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    Problem solved, It was my fault i bought the game online and bought the ntsc version I have now gone out and bought the PAL version and all works fine, So there is a reason to have different regions!!!!!!!!!!!!

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