Treyarch: Bugs Are A Part Of Games
Oh, stop complaining about glitches in Call of Duty: Black Ops. There's no such thing as the "glitch-less" game.
In speaking to VideoGamer, Treyarch community manager Josh Olin said that regardless of developer, all games can - and do - have bugs. There just isn't any way to get rid of them all, either. Technically, what he's saying is true, but perhaps his words will be misinterpreted by some:
"It is unfortunate that those [bugs] have to exist at all. In an ideal world, we would love to ship a completely bug-proof game. I can't think of a single developer in the world, though, that could achieve that."
Activision has tried to release updates that address the many issues facing the PlayStation 3 and PC versions of Black Ops, but complaints still continue to trickle in. But Treyarch isn't ignoring them; they spend two weeks collecting a "comprehensive list" of bugs, and then spend the time to fix 'em. We also have to remember how much work is required by the developer: just one hour of online gameplay is more than the team "could put into quality assurance in a lifetime." It also doesn't help that gamers are doing things the devs "could never predict or think of."
Perhaps it's inevitable that the most popular game in the world will have lots of online-related issues, but let's not forget there were some issues with the single-player campaign, too. ...we'd add something about multiplatform titles versus exclusive titles (for all platforms), but we figure that's well known by now.
2/8/2011 9:16:59 PM Ben Dutka