Treyarch: We're Not Going To Make Glitchers "Nerd Famous"
It's true. Every multiplayer game has bugs, especially when it's first launched. But it seems that the sheer number of them, along with the insane popularity, has overwhelmed Treyarch.
As some of you know, Call of Duty: Black Ops isn't without its fair share of technical issues, in both the single-player and multiplayer facets of the production. So when Activision blogger Dan Amrich asked players to alert the publisher to any potential problems, the world sort of exploded. See, some people are taking advantage, and these "glitchers" have annoyed the developer; just look at design director David "Vahn" Vonderhaar's response on the Black Ops forums:
"I got Twitbombed today from dozens of people the same 2 links. Some are people using old dashboards or old versions of the game. Others are claiming victory on old dev builds that don't even connect to the version of Xbox Live that you use. Others are reproducible issues that we will hotfix or patch just like we said we would. In essence, we likely know more about it than you do from watching a video on Vimeo or YouTube.
What many of these people want is to be Internet nerd famous. I'm not going to make them famous and you shouldn't either. Internet hysteria from normal people is exactly what they want and that's how many people reacted today. You gave them exactly what they want.
Given the opportunity, I'd personally wield the ban hammer for anyone who thinks he is clever by abusing any glitches. Good think I don't have the opportunity that often and we actually have a constructive, measured, and well-managed live ops team."
Wow. As for the problems themselves, he says that just because they aren't talking about it, that doesn't mean they aren't aware: "We didn't spend 2 years of our lives to toss it all in the trash in one day." He goes on to thank those who sent polite feedback and criticism and promises they'll be working on the issues, but finishes:
"I'm not going to talk about it publicly. We are disinterested in making mini-celebrities out of douche-bags. You better think twice before you glitch. You never know who in your game doesn't like glitchers who reports you and saves the game in their File Share and tells us about it."
It's true. Glitchers are douche-bags. It's just funny when a professional snaps and makes it public; we also like that bit about "Internet nerd famous," because every troll anywhere falls into that category. Eh, you just can't destroy stupidity.
Related Game(s): Call of Duty: Black Ops
11/11/2010 8:46:32 PM Ben Dutka