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Only for those who can cast "extreme patience" on themselves
on 24 March 2014
Once upon a time, I liked all lego games. Then the wicked four years of Harry Potter turned up and turned my joy to stone.
I first tried this on Windows 7. This worked great, except for the annoying "main executable.exe has failed" error which popped up anytime between 2 and 30 mins of play. So I checked online - I was not the only one to have this problem. As per the advice on some forums, I changed my sound settings, which helped many, but seemed to make mine worse as my average play time was reduced to 5 mins before the dreaded error came up, and I was getting bored of replaying the same bit over and over in the hope of surviving long enough to reach a save point.
Luckily, we have an old XP at home. So, giving up on using Windows 7, I installed it on that instead. Worked like a dream - played for about 2 hours, no problem at all. Until I reached a cut-scene. And it crashed. Wanting to give it the benefit of the doubt (and knowing the XP is quite old now), I decided to restart the computer and reload my save game, played until I reached the cut-scene, and lo and behold, it crashed. Again. So, once again I decided to google this new issue I had found with the game. Was I the only one who couldn't get past this bit? No, I was not. Thanks to the forums, I learned how to change my config file, get some less pleasing aesthetics in the game and finally got past that cut-scene...
...Onto the next level where I decided that I would give up on the game entirely. I eventually needed to put a key in a lock. As I was magically attempting to get it in there, it froze. The music got stuck on a loop. Could I pause the game? No. Use Alt+ F4? No. Alt and Tab? Nope. Task manager? No. Force it to switch off by pressing and holding the off button? No. Eventually after almost 10 mins, I thought it may be a good idea to disconnect the power after it decided to hibernate itself and I couldn't get it to turn back on. That worked :)
God knows why I decided to do this, perhaps because I had wasted so, so many hours attempting to try and play this game, but I decided to have 1 final go. I got to the area where it almost bricked my laptop, then found I was unable to go in an alcove I was allowed to go in previously (but thankfully could just about grab the needed item). Then I got the key, and was walking towards the gate, was almost there, then a brand new shiny error appeared. I was taken back to my desktop screen.