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9-10-2009 @ 4:21PM
Yeah, let's tell Blizzard (the most successful MMO company in the world, EVER) to alter their core philophies in the same vain as other MMO companies. Hey, aren't I smrt?Go ahead. Announce a release date... so you HAVE to rush to meet it when you're not ready. And you HAVE to postpone it when you can't. (Oh oh well. nobody cares anyway if you make and break commitments anyway right? which kinda begs the question, why in the world you would make commitments if you don't keep them?? seems, idk, stupid to me) Or maybe you don't announce a date. Maybe if you finish by the target, you release it by the target. And if you don't finish by the target, nobody knows any worse.But we need transparancy! The god awful transparancy! Inquiring fans want to know. No, we don't. We want a quality product. If Blizzard needs to take time, then they can take the time. They should not feel pressure from us while they are busy developing their game. There are a lot of things we will never know. And when Blizzard "might" have released a game or a patch, that is not important to me. What's important is when they DO release a patch/game. Because obviously, anytime before that the game just wasn't ready.
9-10-2009 @ 4:50PM
"Hey, aren't I smrt?"Nice! Another subtle Simpsons reference! Kudos!/I am so smart! S-M-R-T!
9-10-2009 @ 7:01PM
I wish i could vote your post ABOVE blue, into purple, because it is truly epic. People never seem to realize that what they *think* they want and what they actually want are two very different things. What do we really have to gain by knowing a 'release date'? not much, especially if it lapses frequently, which i'd say blizz is wont to do.
9-13-2009 @ 4:45PM
I agree with above poster, unfortunately not with the columnist this time, no matter how well-written the original post is. I think the basic arguments are flawed; for example a day to fix a bug may be forgiveable, but some bugs would take much longer to eradicate which would wear the patience of more people thin.I've played Warhammer Online, which is a good demonstration of what happens when a game gets released before it's really ready (and has the horrible drop in subscriptions to testify). Even though its POSSIBLE to deliver a game on time by cutting features and letting bugs stay unfixed until the next patch, it is almost never wise. Announcing release dates puts pressure on programmers to do rush jobs when unexpected problems arise, which leads to bad programming which is less maintainable and will give much more headaches in future. To quote 'the Princess Bride': 'You rush a miracle man - you get rotten miracles.'In most cases, Blizzard is taking the time they need, which allows them to make games like Starcraft, Diablo and World of Warcraft, which are to my knowledge still considered some of the greatest games ever made.Would I LIKE to hear release dates? Sure! But not at the most likely cost of buggy patches and jagged coding. What I would like though sometimes are 'negative deadlines', namely before what date the patch is NOT going to be released. That would prevent my curiosity from inciting me to check the Blizzard site incessantly when my work is boring ;)
9-10-2009 @ 8:08PM
Sadly, the truth of it is that Blizzard does rush patches. Let's take 3.1 for example. It was on the PTR, people were testing it. Bugs being reported, things getting fixed. All seemed well, right? Then 3.1 launches. What happens? A month of hotfixes and patches.Why? I postulate that it's because the patch was rushed. Blizzard had set a firm release date, didn't announce it of course, and then delivered the patch at that date whether it was ready or not.I would not square fault entirely upon Blizz's shoulders, though. 3.1 simply wasn't properly tested. That's a fault of the player base not using the PTR for intended purposes. Players on the PTR, at large, do not care about ensuring that the final product is ready, they just want all the practice they can get on the new content so they have an edge up on the competition. Of course, the quality of the testing environment could be largely improved as well.There are many more ways that Blizz's patch deployment can be improved, ways more important than announcing some mundane target release date, beyond issues with any given PTR.I invite everyone to vote this comment down for bashing Blizzard, being QQ, etc, etc. You know you want to.
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