Game Dr. Alert: Does It Really Fix Scratched Discs?
Written by Josh-April 29th, 2004

Ever since the switch from cartridges to DVD like discs, Nintendo has felt better going against the competition. This switch
also makes Nintendo look more technologically advanced. Cartridges just seems old-school now, also the reason why GBA
cartridges are made small-they feel better for this generation. Discs can also hold massive amounts of data, much more
than cartridges. They may load slower, and don't have save features, but that's what fast processors and Memory Cards
are for! There have always been problems for some people. Over time, cartridges begin to freeze when you load it, and the
old technique of blowing on it to get it to work gets old fast. Say no more when you have discs. Except with discs, there's a
another problem.
Most won't have to deal with this problem. As long as you keep your discs clean and don't let it get scratched. Scratched
discs usually only are caused when you are not careful with your discs. Placing it back in it's case when you're done is a
good idea instead of leaving it out elsewhere. It's also more organized than just bunches of discs laying around. It was
stupid to put cartridges back in their original box, because most, like me, felt as if there was no need. They cannot break.
Discs are more fragile, and this will most likely be a pressing issue even in the upcoming years.
Nintendo and other companies have a solution for lightly scratched discs, and that's technology. Nintendo Gamecube reads
each disc to load the game. Technology allows for better lens that read the discs, and will dismiss minor scratches. Because
of this, there usually is never a need to clean a disc, except for minor smudges. These can also be prevented by not actually
touching the disc. For most, none of these things are a problem. But when discs become so bad that they do not work,
you'll want it fixed. Be nice and don't sell it to the dumb unsuspecting game trader down the road. It's best to just get it
replaced. "But wait!" says Digital Innovations. "There's a solution! Buy our Game Doctor to fix scratched discs." They did
not actually say that, but that's probably what they meant when this product was first introduced. Bottom line: Don't waste
your money.
You have to clearly follow instructions. Okay, do this and that...and after about five minutes it's fixed...or is it? What just
happened now? Well, that little liquid you put on the disc acts as a resurfacing water that supposedly eliminates scratches.
It really just covers them up. And if you did not put enough on, then the wheel you use to resurface it may permanently
scratch your disc.
So when my Super Smash Brothers Melee disc somehow broke, I thought this would work. I figured that the electric one,
while steep in price, would pay off if I ended up fixing at least two games. What I didn't realize is that the scratches the
disc had were deep, and I hoped this would fix it. I tested out another disc first. After seeing it, I realized that it had left a
permanent pattern that's simply a property of the cleaner. Although it doesn't hurt the disc, it looks rather annoying and
especially bad for those for those who will turn around and sell this to someone down the road.
The moral is that if your disc still works, even if it has some minor scratches, just leave it be. Don't use the Game Dr. It is
a complete waste of $50 (USA)! If your discs don't work, you should just buy another. You should have kept the box and
instructions, so you should find one, just the disc, dirt cheap at a local game trading store. Even if it does help, that
permanent pattern is not worth the price. Buffering it doesn't help. Just avoid this product. Believe me, and don't fall for
this. You are better off just buying a new disc and being more careful in the future. That's what happened with my Super
Smash Bros. Melee disc. The second one I bought is much better taken care of now.