Weekend Open Forum: Biggest tech failures of 2011

By Jos · 30 replies
Dec 16, 2011
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  1. There are always valuable lessons to be learned from failures -- and boy has 2011 been a pedagogic year for some tech companies. Sony, for example, has no doubt learned…

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  2. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,715   +3,696

    Sometimes I wish I could vote for more than one. There are a few more I would add to my list but unfortunately I can only place a single vote.
  3. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,714   +855

    Boy, that's quite the list of failures. Didn't really think there were that many until you put them together like that. There are a bunch worthy of a #1 vote. I had to go with the Netflix/Qwikster fiasco though. That single event will in all likelihood bring down one of the most profitable (I believe at one time they were worth 6 billion) and highly-touted companies to exist in recent memory.
  4. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    What, no 3D TV & gaming ?
  5. Scshadow

    Scshadow TS Evangelist Posts: 510   +152

    3D TV and gaming is doing fine, dbz. Its just still in its infancy. When 3d TV sales go down(they're going up currently and prices are falling) and there is any evidence its losing traction, then I can agree with you. 3DS is up there because it had a poor launch and the user experience of handheld 3d is questionable. Glasses free is where its at. No holding your head at a certain angle or straining to look at a small screen.
  6. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,332   +101

    That's been failing for decades :).
  7. Ranger12

    Ranger12 TS Evangelist Posts: 621   +122

    Modern Warfare 3=biggest fail. But then again I am a battlefield fanboy so I may be slightly biased... Btw I don't recall how Crysis 2 was a failure. I enjoyed it thoroughly.

    I was disappointed that there was no Diablo 3 but I don't think that constitutes a fail.
  8. "Modern Warfare 3=biggest fail. But then again I am a battlefield fanboy so I may be slightly biased... Btw I don't recall how Crysis 2 was a failure. I enjoyed it thoroughly.

    I was disappointed that there was no Diablo 3 but I don't think that constitutes a fail."

    I thought it was a fail because it was released in DX9 not in its full DX11 which was a huge disappointment to the PC community.

    and my opinion of the "alien invasion" was abit lame.
  9. Ranger12

    Ranger12 TS Evangelist Posts: 621   +122

    ah yes, I remember now. It was underwhelming how simplistic the graphics options were before the DX11 update.
  10. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    And Duke Nukem Forever hasn't ? :rolleyes:
  11. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,332   +101

    Hahaha, touché.
  12. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 7,668   +988

    So far I'm in the minority but for me HP's dismissal of webOS after spending over a billion dollars on Palm (money going to the trash, literally) and their near retirement of the PC is hands down this year's biggest tech failure.

    SOPA comes very close and would have been my first choice if it was a done deal, but it's not and I have faith liberties on the Internet will remain intact in the end.

    Sony's network issues also deserve a big FAIL, but it's not as crucial as the aforementioned two in my opinion.
  13. ramonsterns

    ramonsterns TS Enthusiast Posts: 744   +12

    The 3DS. Gimmick, within a gimmick, within a gimmick.
  14. ghasmanjr

    ghasmanjr TS Booster Posts: 363   +86

    I have to go with the Sony breach seeing as how I have a PS3. It's a damn good thing that I have a 360 as well, because I was bored this summer without the ability to play online with my playstation friends. Their "welcome back" gifts were nice, but you just can't excuse the fact that the network was down for an ENTIRE MONTH. That was simply pathetic.
  15. yukka

    yukka TechSpot Paladin Posts: 861   +67

    3dtv hurts my eyes. Played assassins creed revelations on it and its darker and to look at differents assets (i.e. the map, the ammo, the central character, other npcs) your eyes can't just glance, you need to refocus every time. after a hard day in the office coding on dual monitors there is no way I would want a tv where that is the only way of viewing. Its a gimmic that can't be used by alot of people because of visual impairment and can only be an option rather than a complete substitute until the technology radically changes.

    I put the Sony data breach as my main fail but Duke was up there as well. Surprised to see Chromebooks on there but then I haven't seen one in the wild and did think it sounded like a stupid idea for 600quid.
  16. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Posts: 1,185   +208

    I think the whole Playstation network hack can only be classed as WIN!

    After the way poor george hotz was treated. The bigger they are the harder they fall :p
  17. inventix1136

    inventix1136 TS Rookie Posts: 85   +14

    You have an administration that put the last 5 out of 5 Justice Department appointees from the ranks of RIAA lawyers. This has nothing to do with piracy but everything to do with power. You are critical of the government -- bang, your website is no longer there, no proof needed to yank the website. If SOPA does not pass, then something similarly draconian will emerge, possibly worse.

    Remember that SOPA is the bastard child of, well, the bastard Lamar Smith, who first proposed the Protect IP legislation on which SOPA is based upon.

    P.S. If there is a person who deserves to win a darwin award -- and SOON, it is Lamar Smith since he is a greater threat to U.S. than the 3rd Reich ever was.
  18. mattfrompa

    mattfrompa TS Evangelist Posts: 553   +57

    Nothing on this list even compares to SOPA. The amount of rage inducing corruption and disregard for the security,innovation,privacy, etc. far surpasses the lack of foresight in any of the other choices. The fact that it has come this far is in my opinion a very bad sign. However I'm still hopeful that the US Government will wake up and listen to people who actually know how the internet works, not just outdated businesses who want to control something they have no business even attempting to do. The 3DS never infringed upon my first amendment rights...i think...
  19. I was unsure about what to vote for until I saw SOPA hanging out at the middle of the page.
  20. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,306   +1,401

    AMD FX rebrand, just because I wanted one... I was hoping that I could finally upgrade from my 720 BE. PSN was a big fail and so was duke nukem. Duke didn't bother me much since I hadn't played any of the games but I was still looking forward to a kind of "retro" game.

    Here's to a better 2012?
  21. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,286   +902

    You should've put a single option which would be called "Google, everything but their mail and search engine".
  22. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,073   +219

    I shake my fist at all you duke nukem forever haters :). I went with the anti pirate act Id hate to have to watch shows that come on for free on regular tv at designated times. I would go with netflix but even though they lost many users I believe with the increased prices they are making more money month to month then ever. (just guessing about netflix)
  23. SOPA and Bulldozer are the worst offenders but Google is being overlooked (fortunately for their share price). They've really been floundering lately, everything they try and do in-house has failed or been stagnant for a while now; Google TV, Google Buzz, Google Wave, Google Talk, Google+ (might be too early to say for sure, but it looks that way), Google Chromebooks, etc.

    To date their only real successes are still only search and Gmail (ancient now), and YouTube and Android (acquisitions rather than Google's own ideas). I suppose Chrome too.
  24. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    I don't think SOPA is dead yet. I was following it a bit on Reddit (more "live" and major news outlets weren't covering it) and it seems to me they just shut it down because they wanted to go home for the holidays. It will be back next year. They apparently wanted some "experts" to weigh in on it, but I believe those experts are government experts, not private sector experts. Plus, I thought they had moved at least a part of the discussions to classified, so its hidden from the public. It is definitely a move up from Thursday when it looked like it had full support to pass (by every amendment being shot down), but there are still lots of scenarios that allow this to pass.
  25. I'll happily add a few fails to the list. Besides the Google growing to be as evil as ever, shoving down out throats Gmail with YouTube, making Chrome the only proper client to use it etc. I'll mention Facebook as a whole changing frequently navigation on the website, moving options with a extremely creepy, stalker like "Document your life" Timeline feature changing one straight column into two with messages left to right to left to ****. Besides that (And I know I'm willingly participate right now) launch of every possible consumer electronic, interview or whatever infested with non subject related discussions about Apple and how particular product is a copy of iProduct and how Apple is awesome and all the brain wash type of posts.

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