Patch It Later, It’ll Be Fine

Critical Gamer writes: For a long time now games have been released before they meet a commercial launch standard. It continues to happen today, though it is mystifying why it happens at all. I am reminded of this practise by two games I’ve played recently that, for different reasons, did not launch to the public in any kind of playable condition.

Before moving onto the two games in question, I would like to ask you; is patching really an acceptable excuse?

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DoomeDx3129d ago (Edited 3129d ago )

Great article!
Very entertaining, and quite funny too!

smoothdude3129d ago

Developers want more money and are releasing games like this. Why do they hate pre owned games again?

FragGen3129d ago (Edited 3129d ago )

Agreed. It's getting worse, too: DLC encourages publishers to release products that are "incomplete by design", so they can ask for more $$$ at a later date for features that were designed for the game but intentionally omitted.

Between this DLC trend and the oblivious attitude toward bugs as called out in the original article, it's no wonder a lot of intelligent customers are turning to used games or GotY/collected editions and holding off on day one purchases.

Lifendz3129d ago

It's not acceptable. What's worse is that many reviewers give games high scores despite being littered with bugs.

But whatever. I'll get Fallout New Vegas when the GOTY version comes out. By then they should have patched all the bugs away and I'll get the dlc also.

kaos_fish II3129d ago

Oblivion GOTY and Fallout 3 GOTY still have plenty of bugs/glitches that weren't fixed.. So, in all honesty I wouldn't hold my breath on Fallout New Vegas GOTY (when released) will have it's bugs/glitches totally removed too.

Lifendz3129d ago

Good point...but it'll be better than it is now. Fallout 3 still has bugs galore. Last game I played had cars falling out the sky.

CrippleH3129d ago

Reviewers are a joke this generation. They should clamp down on bug riddled games. Take away at least 1-2 points from the total score, yet some games get clamped down for simple screen tearing (IGN).

DoomeDx3129d ago

I meant, funny in a 'good' way..the pictures for example

scruffy_bear3129d ago

I love that we can patch consolse games, back in the dark days Morrowind was released on the Xbox with a memory cach error that crash the game after about 20 hours and made the game unplayable. Had to wait till Morrowind GOTW was release for the memory cach bug to be fixed

Nihilism3129d ago (Edited 3129d ago )

But errors like that were extremely rare, now BECAUSE OF the ability to patch, all games are released with game breaking bugs.

I'm not buying games on day 1 anymore because the fully patched and DLC inclusive version will be released for half the vanilla games price in 12 months.

imvix3129d ago (Edited 3129d ago )

Funny Console gamers actualy used to complain about PC gaming having patches. Not to mention hard drive installs etc. How the times have changed lol.

Now they actually like it that consoles can patch too(obviously after they have seen the advantages first hand) and they actually want games to install on hard drive.

Gamesauce3129d ago (Edited 3129d ago )

It's understandable that some consumers choose to wait with buying games, just so their major issues have already been patched. Even big retail games should no longer rely on their first launch months, but instead be taken care of by their publishers to have a more service oriented approach. It might even result in a longer shelf life!

divideby03129d ago

patch it later and I MAY buy it later...

Downtown boogey3129d ago (Edited 3129d ago )

There's the problem exactly... They get less money later AND people are less likely to buy an older game.

DARK WITNESS3129d ago (Edited 3129d ago )

right... but if the great majority of gamers held off buying the games day one and bought the games months later when they were patched and cheaper as Divideby0 sugested... it would not be long before the publishers ( the ones who care about making money and nothing else ) start to sit up and ask why this trend is happening.

Once they did that and realised it's because of the attitude that they can release a pile of trash and and patch it later, maybe they will actual change their ways.

the one thing to understand is that no amount of complaining/ moaning/ articles on the issue will ever make them change their ways, only when the practice affects their sales and profit will it then become an issue they have to address.

if they know people are holding out, they may realise it's more in their interest to delay release, give the dev's time to workout all the bugs and issues, pack as much content as possible into it and then when it is released we will feel we are getting better value for money and hence be more inclined to pick it up on the day of release meaning they will get more money in their pockets for it.

I vote with my wallet nothing else. I liked Fallout 3, but will leave Vagas for game of the year. Many other games I was interested in I have completely lost interest in. If I am going to spend my hard earned money on something that is only going to go down in value ( $$$ i am talking about ) then it better be giving me the value back in some other way.

rymanb3129d ago

Patching can give developers a chance to give the game a new lease of life, but I don't think they should abuse the system by patching bugs after release - some people may not be able to access the patch after all due to lack of internet connection or whatever.

Media Molecule (with LittleBigPlanet 2) delayed their game for that reason, there are problems that need to be fixed and they don't want to have to patch it as some may miss out, simple.

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