After many months of waiting, I just found out the library I work at has purchased a copy of this game for the X Box 360. Hopefully, this will answer the questions I have about this game.
If this new disc works in my console, then I will know my own personal copy of this game is faulty. However, if the same thing happens, then it could quite possibly be that my 2008 console is "too old" to play this newer game. Once the game has been processed at the library, and I can give it a play, I will let you know what happens.