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Borderlands 2ís viral graveyard glitch

Post by OneBadHuskerFan on Mon Oct 22, 2012 1:44 pm

To ANYBODY that plays with other people on co-op...

Be very aware that this could happen to you. Apparently it's been around for a bit, but I didn't really know anything about it.

http://www.lazygamer.net/xbox-360/borderlands-2s-viral-graveyard-glitch/

The graveyard.sav glitch that has been hitting so many players has turned out to be a ďviralĒ infection of sorts that is passed across players, originating with the modding community. It may have been accidental, it may have been intentional, who knows. Iíd rather not debate that here, I would like to keep this informative.

What is graveyard.sav? What does this have to do with me?

When you get hit by the glitch that turns your save into graveyard.sav, upon entering FFYL (fight for your life) and then subsequently dying for whatever reason, you will never respawn. You die and go into a free roam camera. If you try to load another character, dashboard, restart your xbox, etc, your save data is completely gone and there is no hope of recovering it at that point, as it is renamed graveyard.sav and is missing the majority of the data it once had.

What?! How did I get this?

As stated above, the glitch originated with the modding community and may or may not have been accidental. It spread from there, and it passes from the infected player to all other players in the game with said infected player. At this point, itís a terrible chain, and chances are it passed to you through some randoms.

But I donít play with randoms! I play with my friends only

Do your friends play with randoms? Have any of you ever had somebody come into a game and trade you anything? Itís easy to spread, unfortunately.

How can I get my character back?

Once your save file has turned into graveyard.sav, you cannot get your character back. Too much data has been lost at that point, and it is far beyond salvageable.

So how can I prevent this, or save my character if it gets effected later?

If you want to prevent this, you have to make sure youíre not playing with randoms, and that everybody you play with isnít playing with randoms, AND that it isnít currently effecting (sic) anybody in your group. Along with that, MAKE FREQUENT BACKUPS, and if you are on 360, do not backup to the Cloud, as it will sync with your HD saves and your backups will be overwritten, apparently. Memory card or USB drive is best.

If you get hit by this and recognize it (free roam camera, no respawning, etc), you can salvage your save.
1.] Quit (itíll tell you you cant save, thats fine, hit quit without saving)
2.] At main menu, hit Continue
3.] Load up, hit start, hit Save and Quit
If you salvage your save in this way, and then continue to play, the next time you die, it will happen again, and you must repeat the steps above. I highly recommend following the above steps and then NOT TOUCHING THE SAVEafter that. Itís a logical assumption that due to how this is done, Gearbox will likely be able to remove the ďinfectionĒ from any effected files with the patch once they get it out.

Can you explain what to look for a little better?

Your save data will turn into this if you are beyond help, but at least you will know what happened to you.

If you donít quite grasp what I mean with the free roam camera, etc, watch the video below. It shows you what the no-respawn death looks like, what to look for in your storage device if you think you were hit with this (but at that point, you cannot be helped), etc:

A couple of other notesÖ
1.] The infected player does not have to be the host in order to infect other players in the game.
2.] Gearbox has already stated that they are aware of the issue in other related threads, and Iíve sent in a ticket with specific details because well, that couldnít hurt.
3.] I wish I was making this up, but I couldnít make this up if I tried! This has been tested with several players, with chaining the infection, having the infection hit multiple players at once in one game, etc. This is in fact a very real threat at the moment, and if you donít take the precautions I listed above, it is possible you will be hit with it yourself.
4.] This is NOT related to any of the raid bosses, the DLC, etc. Even if you have the vanilla game, you can still be hit by this.


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Re: Borderlands 2ís viral graveyard glitch

Post by S7 Interseptor on Mon Oct 22, 2012 1:50 pm

Does anyone here play with randoms?

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Re: Borderlands 2ís viral graveyard glitch

Post by OneBadHuskerFan on Mon Oct 22, 2012 2:05 pm

S7 Interseptor wrote:Does anyone here play with randoms?

I don't think so, but figured I'd post just in case. All it would take is one person to get the virus from somebody and it could really screw your day up.

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Post by S7 Interseptor on Mon Oct 22, 2012 2:07 pm

No doubt. Good call on the heads up. Glad I have friends to play with. This would really suck to get!

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Post by S7 Nate on Mon Oct 22, 2012 5:53 pm

thanks for the heads up.

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Post by S7 Coolhand on Mon Oct 22, 2012 9:27 pm

This sounds like a PC thing rather than XBox.

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Post by OneBadHuskerFan on Mon Oct 22, 2012 10:02 pm

S7 Coolhand wrote:This sounds like a PC thing rather than XBox.

Actually it's exclusively an Xbox thing. The PC and PS3 are not affected. BL2 has been heavily modded and messed with since the first days of BL1. In fact the reason I stopped playing the first one was because of modding.

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Post by S7 KnightOwl on Tue Oct 23, 2012 11:43 am

I do not play with randoms

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Re: Borderlands 2ís viral graveyard glitch

Post by S7 Interseptor on Fri Oct 26, 2012 5:00 pm

Update: Gearbox has informed us that a patch to exterminate the exploit has been submitted to Microsoft for approval and will be released "as soon as possible."

- Joystiq

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