Over the last week or so, word has got out that Limited Run Games is requesting a select few users destroy their DOOM cartridges owing to an issue relating to Nintendo Account connections. The company is apparently requesting users "disable" their media and send proof before any replacement copy is sent out, citing "international shipping logistics" as the reasoning.
In its official statement on the network issue, Limited Run Games states that the problem only affects Switch owners whose consoles have never connected to the internet, so this is likely an extremely small fraction of the Switch's user base. The company's standard solution was to request users ship any affected products back, however it seems in these extreme cases, this may not have been possible.
As per the company's policy, games produced by Limited Run Games will not see any reprints. As such, their requests for users to return or destroy affected cartridges is to ensure the product does not end up in the second hand market.
One user (our own Nintendo Life community member Zuljaras) has concocted a rather unique way to display their own destroyed DOOM cartridge, and we absolutely love it. Using polymer clay and a reference image of Doomguy, Zuljaras has created a remarkable sculpture depicting Doomguy ripping the cartridge apart, "guts" spilling from its plastic carcass - lovely.
Zuljaras has also kindly shared a 'Making Of' video via YouTube of the entire process, which you can check out below. It's making us wish we had even half the level of artistic flair!
Many thanks to Zuljaras for sharing this creation. What do you think, dear readers? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Thank you so much for covering AND liking my sculpture!
The best thing for a crafter is to see his work being appreciated!
Also this gesture will definitely boost me to make more cool gaming stuff!
@Zuljaras You're famous! Don't forget us, will you?
@Zuljaras this is fab, mate. Bravo!
@Zuljaras Dude, that is awesome!!!
I've never been so excited to see a broken Nintendo game. LOL good job.
@Zuljaras Outstanding job!
@Zuljaras Congrats 🎉🎊 very creative idea!
I'm only just learning how to sculpt with oil clay/polymer clay and it's really nice to see what others have already accomplished
Nice work! It looks great!
That's a nice way to display some gore to physical media.
Maybe I'm missing something, but who would do that? Imagine if SEGA told you to destroy your copies of Sonic Mania Plus.
If I had to get rid of games, I'd rather recover the money I paid for a game (even part of it) than outrught destroying them unless it has no remedy.
Thank you all for the awesome replies!!!
And now that broken cartridge is worth more money than the replacement!
It looks awesome, I wonder if it’ll inspire other people to do similar things with their destroyed cartridges?
I missed this story, and I'm outside the deadline. I raised a ticket with support though ... not cool.
@Zuljaras Your work is really great. I happened to come across it just the other day. I think I clicked on your profile by accident then spotted your Patreon. Happy to see you get featured on here and I look forward to seeing what else you come up with.
It's not a cartridge - it's a memory card.
Congrats on the article! I know it's gonna be good when I see your name on the artists' thread
Saw this last week. Absolute amazing job. Great talent.
Always looking forward to see the next project
Oh that’s excellent work
@Rambler My definition of cartridge is ROM only with additional h/w expansions (as with your link) while Switch game cards use flash rom technology similar to SD cards.
@Slowdive I would say they are comparable enough, but hey, definitions are all over the place nowadays. I perfer Game Card over Cartridge, which fits what it is, much better.
The wiki page for Nintendo game cards does state that they are basically SD cards - never knew that!
Now I've disappeared down a rabbit hole of switch card teardowns...
@Zuljaras Bro this looks so cool. Fantastic work on even the gore coming out of the cartridge. Do you happen to have any socials to follow?
@Fighting_Game_Loser Thank you! I do Twitter, YouTube, Reddit and even Instagram. I am Zuljaras on all of them except Instagram where I am zuljaras_art.
@Zuljaras give the cartridge a good lick now, see how it taste after is being torn apart. (do it for science lol)
Great job on the craftsmanship, is really cool. 😁👍🏼
@Zuljaras Oh nice! I thankfully have YT so I'l be sure to subscribe to you on there
Awesome, man, you've hit the big leagues. Do make sure to remember your original fans though, @Zuljaras! Keep it up!
Yeah I gotta laugh at them telling people to destroy things they own. He may be the only person to have done so.
@Zuljaras Great video, congrats on the coverage well earned.
Now that you're famous, you'd better help savages like me learn how to pronounce your username, I've never got my head round how to say it.
@Judgedean It's not a Cartridge or a Memory Card; It's a Game Card.
@gcunit It is "Zul ... ja ("J" like the Joker) ... ras" this is the first name I have used to crate a character in World of Warcraft in 2005.
@Zuljaras Dude congrats, you got an article on your amazing work! Kudos man, Kudos! I clicked on this article hoping it would be you I saw.
@Snatcher Thanks! That means a lot!
@BlueGBAMicro I do like Nintendo Game Card. More fitting I think (as shown in #22)
@SteamEngenius @HammerGalladeBro the game on the cart was defective.
after destroying the cart he was sent a new copy that wasn't defective.
people who encounter the bug and refuse to return or destroy their copy of the game do not get a bugfixed copy.
@Zuljaras The very definition of ‘Rip and tear until it is done!’ Hat’s off to you!
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@thedicemaster I know this is because of the issue presented, and they say this is on Bethesda and not LRG, isn't this something that could be fixed with a patch/update?
This is like when Nintendo told us to send our SD Cards to fix the Metroid: Other M game breaking glitch only to have them a year later release a Wii Channel to fix a glitch on Zelda: Skyward Sword.
@HammerGalladeBro it can, and has been resolved with a patch.
the issue here is that that requires internet access, and the big deal is that the bug prevents you from playing without first connecting it to the internet, while the whole point of the cart is that you're supposed to be able to play without ever needing internet.
@Zuljaras This was definitely the coolest way to show off a defect cartridge. I guess you could say... "Going out with style"
So basically, LRG did a reprint and as only a couple of 100 users will ever own this new revision, it is even more collectible.
Love it. I have so much knackered gaming kit that would be enhanced by this treatment
Awesome work! I especially like the entrails on the ground alongside the super shotgun
whoa, this was so cool. and very creative too. 😂
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