Let Off Some Steam is a new section where we let you guys get something off your chest - it can be a vitriol laced rant, a sappy love letter to whatever, or anything inbetween. Send your magic words in this direction, and try and keep it under 600 words. First up is Tailblazers on how he learned to love video game bugs.
Video Game Glitches or How I Stopped Complaining and Learned to Love the Bug!
You know what really grinds my gears? Whenever a game is released and it has some bugs it becomes automatically popular to complain. I understand - yes it's annoying and yes, it can effect gameplay but remember that unlike games back in the '80s, current generation games have millions of layers of code, and only a select group test the game before release so they can’t catch every little pathetic glitch that randomly appears.
Look at Fallout: New Vegas! Awesome game - graphics are similar, but you play Fallout for the story and the experience. Now it seems that any time this game is mentioned it is always followed by the words: buggy, glitchy or, my favourite so far, the worst insult to video games since the invention of that dog in duck hunt.
I get it, Obsidian has released glitchy games in the past, but I have played all of their games entirely and never seen one in New Vegas. Maybe I’m lucky! Maybe my Xbox 360 runs a little different to everyone elses, or my game was one of the few the company decided, “Hey we made a bug ridden, piece of shit for a game but let's send out a few copies that work, wouldn’t that be hilarious?”
Now I understand people get pissy at not getting a perfect game but every single game has bugs and if I recall Call of Duty: Black Ops had a few game crashing glitchs like New Vegas, although strangely enough they weren’t talked about as much. I like the fact that people think they have the right to complain about a game - every game you buy is gonna have glitches and if they're a good developer they will patch it. Creating a video game isn’t like Game Dev Story, the debugging process isn’t perfect and there is no special tonic to stop them from occurring.
I don’t feel cheated out of my money when I put money $80 down for a new game and it glitches on me. If I didn’t I would have never played Mass Effect, GTA, Red Dead, God of War, KotOR, Neverwinter nights, and yes Fallout! For most trolls it isn’t even about the money or the game it's just they can make a smart arse comment and disappear into the internet waiting to strike again when something they actually have never played becomes a target.
I'm not saying developers shouldn’t care about glitches or bugs, but come on! How about some constructive criticism for a group of people who have given you hundreds of hours of fun!
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