Don't Have Kids

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So for the last two weeks, my PlayStation 4 hasn't been working.

To be more precise, it was refusing to play discs.

Everything else was fine: downloaded games worked, apps worked. But the PS4 wouldn't read any disc at all. Most of my games are on the hard drive, but there were a couple of games I was hoping to finish (The Last Guardian, Titanfall 2).

Also my copy of Overwatch was on disc.

So this shit wouldn't fly. I decided to have a go at fixing it.

I'm not very good at fixing things. I've never built my own PC and I generally make things worse when I try and solve techy problems, but whatevs. I decided to have a go. After watching a few YouTube instructional videos and borrowing an intense screwdriver set from my brother-in-law, I got to work.

But before I opened anything, I gave my PS4 a gentle shake.

RATTLE RATTLE.

What the hell?

I broke warranty by removing some stickers on the back, allowing me to unscrew certain parts of the PS4 and open it up for the top. After a bit more work I managed to take out the Blu-ray drive.

That's when I noticed.

What the fucking fuck?

I've got a healthy number of screws sitting next to me, but I decide to take this one step further. I took apart the Blu-Ray drive.

Yep, that's exactly what it looks like. Zelda: Triforce Heroes wedged in my goddamn PS4 Blu-ray drive.

And that's when it clicked. I have two kids. One just turned four and the other is 12 months old. The oldest has a 3DS but he's a bit careless about leaving the games lying around. My youngest likes to put those games in his mouth. Why? I have no earthly idea.

My youngest has also developed a habit for putting things into other things.

You don't have to be Columbo to work out who the culprit is here.

Insanely, once I removed the 3DS cartridge, and put the PS4 back together again, it worked perfectly. Problem solved.

This isn't the first time they've pulled shit like this.

DON'T.

HAVE.

KIDS.

This article originally appeared on Kotaku Australia


Comments

    Kids aren't the issue... it's the availability of things at kid height. Easy solution at our place everything that we want kept safe (my Xbox One, Wii, the DVD player, Foxtel box etc) Is up high. Or behind the fabled kitchen gate (keep them in or keep them out).
    The kids are doing what kids do - you just have to out think them and beat them to those things (by stopping it happening in the first place). Start by being devious as all hell, then rank that up by a factor of 50 and you get close to the crazy they can think up.

    Here's a novel thought. Put away your big boy toys, take the digital games console off your four (!) year old and be the parent your kids need you to be. Man up and stop whinging.

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