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Game Lounge / Gears of War 3 rank and level reset
« on: November 12, 2012, 12:36:53 am »
Sorry guys for the long post but this happened to me and might have happened to some of you playing GOW3. It took me a while to find a solution but finally realized when your rank is reset there's no way to recover all lost data. So the following content might help you avoid a reset from happening again in future

Cheers and game safe

If you havenít already heard, there is a glitch occurring where people are having their rank reset to level 1 and all of their ribbons and medal progress wiped.

It can be devastating to lose all your medals and rank that you worked hard for, so I highly recommend that EVERYONE makes a backup of their data following the instructions in this thread.

There are a couple of different situations where people are running into this glitch, so I will list them all below.

This seems to be the biggest culprit. When you do this, it kicks you back to the main menu and asks you to press start. When you do, one or both players will have been reset to level 1. This can happen both if you sign someone in, or sign them out. I recommend if you are going to play split screen ONLY SIGN SOMEONE IN/OUT AT THE DASHBOARD. Donít try to save time by doing it while you are playing.

People who are playing split-screen should pay particular attention to this. If you are going to play on another console that is not your main one, you should also transfer your PLAYER DATA FILE (itís inside your Gears 3 save in system memory) to the usb/memory card as well. It contains your rank, unlocks, medals etc. And keeping them together should prevent any kind of data loss. Usually if the game does not detect a player data file for you, it will download your data from the Microsoft servers. However, I think sometimes this does not happen when you are split-screening and this leads to rank resets. Since you can now use the cloud to access your player data remotely, I would recommend this for split screeners. Then this problem should not occur.

A lot of people seems to be having this problem when they turn their Xbox off without backing out of whatever they are playing. In particular, people are turning their Xbox off or dashboarding in-between quick matches. NEVER turn your Xbox off straight after a versus match, as this is when it is saving your stats, and can mess up your player data. This also seems to be happening to people who are playing horde/beast/campaign and just turn their Xbox off without backing out of the match. I would strongly recommend you ALWAYS BACK OUT TO THE PARTY LOBBY BEFORE SWITCHING YOUR XBOX OFF OR DASHBOARDING. There are a few people who say they waited for the next map to load in a quick match, then backed out before turning their Xbox off and they were still reset.

This is similar to the situation above, but much more difficult to avoid. During loading screens the game is reading or updating your player profile data, and any interruption to your internet during this stage seems to cause the glitch.

Many people have mentioned that their game has frozen while they were playing, and when they restart their xbox and load up the game they have been reset. This does not have to be during a loading screen to cause a reset, any freezing at all seems to be enough sometimes. Freezing between waves of horde seems to be the worst offender here.

Many people are having their profiles reset while trying to play while offline. From what I have read, the glitch seems to occur when you are playing offline AND THEN SIGN BACK INTO XBOX LIVE. For example, your internet or Xbox live is down so you play some offline campaign, or horde. Your internet/Xbox comes back online so you sign back in, THEN you are reset. Iím not exactly sure what the best way to avoid this is, but I definitely recommend NOT SIGNING BACK IN WHILE PLAYING SOMETHING. For example, donít be IN a horde match, or be doing campaign then sign in. I would probably say going back to the dashboard would be safest. Or maybe even turn your Xbox all the way off and then back on. Unfortunately Iím not really sure, but signing in while playing is definitely a bad idea.

This is actually the same as the above. The glitch occurs when you have been booted offline and then sign back in to Xbox live after you have just been offline. Some people are also reporting that they didnít even sign back in, just turned their Xbox off and when they turned it on the next day they had been reset.

Similar to the above. Some people have said that they signed in for the first time at the main menu or party screen because their Xbox doesnít automatically sign them in. They were then reset once they did this. This happens most frequently if you do it during a loading screen for obvious reasons.


It has now been confirmed by several people that have been rank reset that their cloud backups were effective in restoring their data. If you are not already aware, cloud storage is an online storage system that is available to everyone with an xbox live gold subscription. I would therefore recommend that everyone without a USB or memory card backup to make one on cloud storage. (If you have not used cloud storage before and don't know how, all the instructions you will need are in the cloud storage backup video later in this post.) Even if you have a USB or memory card to use for a backup, it never hurts to have a second backup on the cloud as well. There have been a couple of posts made recently which claimed that cloud storage backups didn't work, however the people who made those posts had failed to follow the backup and recovery instructions properly. When all the instructions are followed exactly then ALL backups, whether they are on a USB memory card or the cloud, WILL restore your data in the event of a reset.


To update your backup simply load up the game and select your backup location (cloud/USB/memory card) instead of your hard drive and then play ONE game of anything. This will update your backup player data file with all your new data. Then you can dashboard and load the game back up normally. As stated above, you should not continue playing on your backup drive for more than one game, as then you risk corruption of your backup file


If you get reset you should perform the following steps to restore your data:
1. Go into your System Settings, Storage, and then into your Gears of War 3 save on your Hard Drive (or wherever you store your main set of Gears 3 saves)
2. Delete the corrupted "player data" file from there. This is the file that caused your rank reset, so you want to delete it.
3. Load up the game and select your backup drive instead of your hard drive (so select the cloud/USB/memory card that your backup data is stored on) when it asks for a storage device. All your data from your backup file should appear.
4. Play one game of anything and then return to the party lobby. This will restore your data on the servers.
5. Go back to the dashboard, and then load up the game from your Hard Drive. Do not skip this step and try to switch storage devices while in game. This can lead to data corruption. Always return to the dashboard first.
6. After you load up the game and select your Hard Drive, play one more game of anything. This will create a new player data file on your hard drive from the server data that you just restored.

Below is the original text guide for backing up your data

You have to have a Usb drive or a Memory Card (doesn't matter what size), or you can use the cloud.
Plug the usb drive into your xbox 360.
Go to "System Settings" and select "A" button,
Move down to memory and select "A" button,
Select the xbox's Hdd and select "A" button,
Click on "Games",
Move down to Gears of War 3 file and click "A' button,
There's all your skins, characters, player data and campaign saves.
*Note - You can't copy or move your "player data file", or campaign saves yet. I'll tell you how in a minute..
You can copy any dlc skins and characters by selecting the Item you want to backup and click the "A" button..
It will give your 3 choices, 1) Copy 2) Move 3) Delete, "CHOOSE COPY"!!!
It will now ask you where you want to save the item, choose the usb drive you just plugged in (or memory card).
DONE!!! It's that simple!! It is now saved and safe.
Do this for each item you want to backup.
"Do not choose "Move" or it will move your file to the usb and you'll have to select that as your hdd everytime you play gears.
Always choose "Copy".

How to copy the "player data file". Really simple.

Boot up Gears, select your Usb drive/memory card/cloud that you just saved everything to (instead of whatever storage device you usually use) and "play" 1 game of anything. This causes the game the create a new player data file and set of campaign saves for you on the storage device by downloading them from the servers. When you're done playing, Go to the Dashboard and your "player data file" is now copied onto your backup drive and you are now done completely backing up all your gears files.

Highly Recommended:

After you finish playing gears for the day, I highly recommend you save everything you've done to the usb drive (only takes a few minutes). If you get to level 90 and get reset and the last time you saved the game was at level 85 on your usb drive, then that's what your rank will be, level 85. Better safe than sorry. Always save your files to the usb after you're done playing for the day.

It is RECOMMENDED that you do this every day or two to maintain a backup file that it up to date.

Classifieds / [Buying] XBox 360 PAL region-free games
« on: November 01, 2012, 02:23:10 pm »
Hi Interested, please let me know if you have any great or brand new condition PAL region-free titles. I dont like scratches on my disks. I'm finding the following;

Gears of War 3
Mortal Kombat
Battlefield 3
Dragons Dogma
Tekken 6
Will buy other good games, willing to pay 2000-2500 depending on the condition. I'm playing on a system that I got down from Dubai

Please let me know your offers


SELLING just loaded 12 Month Live Gold - Australian Membership for original US price
Email address included, personal information change will take place after sale on Host computer

The price for this Membership in Australia is AU79.95 (6.66 per.month)
Selling Profile for US price of US$49.99 (138 base rate with Visa online bank charges included)
LKR 6,900 (6,898.62). This costs double here at stores like Chelsey's and Kiddies Corner

Download and play free game demos.   
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Those interested PM me


Consoles / XBL Gamertags / Dashboard / Gold Live +Points Digital codes
« on: October 24, 2012, 05:52:15 pm »
Add your XBL Gamer tag and post the games you play on Live, gets lonely on there when all your opponents are foreign
Haven't seen any forums, so this might help local Live players connect more often

Wanted to build a page on FB but this method suits everyone. Comment. Come together. Die more

Classifieds / [Buying] XBOX 360 GOW3 LE or MW3 LE
« on: October 16, 2012, 10:29:53 am »
Hi everyone. Please let me know if you can tell me where to get an Unmodified LE console . Checked with Chelsey they have the modified GOW3 LE for 63900. I need an unmodified one so I can play online. Wont resolve for second hand. I'm getting one from Aus, trying for the Halo 4 LE, IF i dont get one from here before the 6th so please let me know.

Many thanks

Game Lounge / Gears of War Judgement 2013
« on: June 01, 2012, 01:28:34 am »
E3 2012: Gears of War is Back

Microsoft and Epic Games will debut a new Gears of War title at E3 next week. The sequel -- which was not identified by name in Game Informer's cover story reveal -- appears to be set on Sera, star COG soldiers, and a mysterious man in handcuffs.

We don't know anyone like that, do we?

The background of the debut imagery features familiar flying enemies as well, indicating the Locusts are indeed returning. The Gears universe has a rich history, which you can read all about in our Gears of War Wiki, so there's plenty to speculate about here.

No Game Zone / Total Recall 2012 Trailer
« on: May 14, 2012, 05:16:03 pm »

Handheld Consoles / Need a PS Vita
« on: May 11, 2012, 01:14:35 pm »
Hi Guys
Do any of you know where I can get a PS Vita from SL?

Thanks  :)

Game Lounge / N.O.V.A 3
« on: May 08, 2012, 11:16:27 am »
Not bad for a mobile game (Y), no wonder they said mobile graphics will outperform console graphics by 2014.. Cant wait for that to happen

Just last week we saw the first teaser video for Gameloftís N.O.V.A. 3, and this week we get new previews of single player and multiplayer modes. The big addition to mutiplayer this year is drivable vehicles including two-person jeeps and mechs. Gameloft says we should expect a May release, so look for this game in the coming weeks.

Hi Vendors!

Need a good pair for a Curve 3G 9300 (Ultimate Earsô 500vi Noise-Isolating Headset and Ultimate Earsô 200vi Noise-Isolating Headset.)The two mentioned pairs are compatible with BB.  Hoping to buy a set this week.


RPG / MMO / Confirmed: The Elder Scrolls Online Arrives in 2013
« on: May 04, 2012, 10:50:01 pm »
The June issue of Game Informer will officially spill the beans on Bethesda's worst-kept secret - something that we told you about back in March - The Elder Scrolls Online. That's right: the studio's beloved franchise is moving into MMO territory, allowing gamers to wander across the entire land of Tamriel a thousand years before the events of Skyrim with other players. It will be a time of adventure, excitement, and certain doom as the daedric prince Molag Bal tries to pull all of Tamriel into his demonic realm.

The game is actually under development by the team at Zenimax Online Studios, and is scheduled to arrive on PC and Mac platforms in 2013. Naturally little else will be released about the upcoming MMOG until the article hits newsstands later this month. However both a teaser trailer and screenshot will be released by Game Informer on Friday, leading up to the full disclosure.

In the upcoming article, Game Informer will reportedly offer an in-depth look at everything, ranging from solo questing to exploring in public dungeons. Also covered will be a peek at the player-driven PvP conflict that "pits the three player factions against each other in open-world warfare over the province of Cyrodiil and the Emperor's throne itself."

The Elder Scrolls Online, the first Elder Scrolls game to allow gamers to explore the legendary Elder Scrolls world with others, will be featured on additional magazine covers across Europe and in online stories in the coming months which will provide gamers with more information about this exciting title

Game Lounge / sad gamer, Help?
« on: May 03, 2012, 01:47:54 pm »
I know this is lame and might get a few - Karma, but will ask anyway..

Have you ever been confronted by your parents when building a rig or for playing video games, they threaten you that they will destroy your machine the moment it comes through the front door??

I'm in this debacle, I gave them all my reasons but they say I'm too old (25) for gaming and I should move on with my life ..

What do I do?

Local Vendors / Need a Gigabyte Intel Z77 GA-Z77-DS3H
« on: April 29, 2012, 07:48:02 am »
Hi Vendors!

I need this board, or something close to its price tag of 15K

Gigabyte Intel Z77 LGA 1155 Dual UEFI BIOS ATX Motherboard GA-Z77-DS3H
Supports 3rd Gen. Intel 22nm CPUs and 2nd Gen. Intel Core CPUs (LGA1155 socket). GIGABYTE 3D BIOS (Dual UEFI). Onboard mSATA slot for mSATA SSDs. PCI Express Gen 3.0 support. 2-way CrossFireX multi-GPU support. HDMI, DVI, RGB. High quality 108dB SNR HD audio. GIGABYTE 333 Onboard Acceleration (USB 3.0, SATA 3.0 & 3x USB Power). GIGABYTE On/Off Charge for USB devices

Please PM if getting down or available listings with prices


Game Lounge / GeForce Announcement
« on: April 27, 2012, 02:35:37 pm »
Heard that NVIDIA had something up their sleeve and was teasing everyone about a big announcement at the GeForce LAN/NVIDIA Gaming Festival (NGF) in Shanghai, China. This rumor was out on the 25th and they even set up a count-down timer for the event.

Might be a new console or some advance GPU, just have to wait until tomorrow the 28th at 7:30pm PST to find out.

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