Unfinished business! What's going on here!
I played a lot of video games as a kid and honestly I can't recall many games with really noticeable glitches, I'm not saying there wasn't any, just that they were few and far between.
Before the idea of having a constant internet connection came along, which allowed developers a direct link to your system; it seemed as if they kept the games on the burner until they were completely done. Now though, it seems as if they release games before they should, with the thought they'll just patch up any issues later.
Obviously not all games with glitches fall into this category, but there are a few standouts, for example the Fallout series.
I've also noticed that they're releasing betas for games that are already complete, which just doesn't make sense to me. I guess it's too ramp up the hype, but it just doesn't seem right.
I know with the advancement of technology and of course the margin of error for the human involvement, it's not an easy task to make a perfectly polished game. However, I don't think it's asking too much that a $60 game be playable from the moment you take the shrink wrap off either.
There also doesn't seem to be a sense of urgency on the developer's part to release the patches to fix the said issues at hand either, sometimes it takes weeks, months or even in Call of Duty's case, years. I don't know if they're not aware of them until it's pointed out, or if for our $60 we're buying a beta which we are the testers for, which in turn would make it more playable for the people who decided to wait on picking it up on release date and buy it later on down the road. Not every game, but there are some that I like to purchase brand new when they're first released, but now I may start to wait until they're used.
EA should really forget about the online pass thing and just focus on releasing games with the least amount of glitches as possible, maybe people would buy more games new if it wasn't such a gamble. A perfect example of this is the latest Medal of Honor game, hoping only to beat Black Ops out of the starting gate, they released a game that still had at least a couple months left of QA and polishing.
Just my thoughts, anyone have anything to add?