Platform Nation’s “A Simple Question”: Buggy Game Releases

Steve’s review of Fallout: New Vegas for Xbox 360 was generally positive, but ultimately doomed because of bugs in the release version.  While many companies use online patching to fix issues discovered at launch, it begs the question:

Are bugs in a release version of a game acceptable now that online patching is so prevalent?

Do you enjoy being a non-paid beta tester if it means getting the game months earlier? If the game is eventually patched to fix issues, do you care?  If you don’t have an internet connection, do you feel it is unfair to suffer through a buggy release version that you can never fix?  Many questions, answer away! responds: “No, bugs are not acceptable in a release version of a game now that online patching is so prevalent.  People are anxious to get these games released and fail to do all the beta testing that’s needed.”  — Wow, top THAT answer, readers!

A Simple Question (ASQ) is a weekly segment for Platform Nation.  Each week, you’ll be posed a question.   Give a response and let the world know what you think, there is no right or wrong answer here.  I will post my response on Friday. If you have a suggestion for a question, hit me up on twitter @vttym.

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  • Mr. M

    No. Unfortunately it is what Fallout is known for. They’re lazy as hell imo. What’s the point of making a “great” game if its filled to the brim with bugs.

  • I can understand a bug or two, but to the degree that New Vegas has, no, that’s just not right for them do to this to their gaming communities.

  • A little bug here or there is expected – it’s been in games since games existed.

    Crippling bugs should be worked out before release. There’s no excuse for any other way of handling QA for a game…. paying users are not beta testers.

  • Ba

    Fallout, dating back to the originals has had some pretty epic bugs. That said, I think this bersions bugs are the most annoying by far. I blame the outdated, over burdoned engine it’s running on. Would have been better to build it on UEIII, IMO.

    Then again, I’ve been a big Epic fan since the original UT, I never like Elder Scrolls and have been a vehemont Bethesda hater since they have tarnished Fallout. Would havd been better to let it die. But I’ll buy every one they release still.. I’m pathetic lol