Bugs plague any developer of computer software -- even when you think your code is perfect and it's been seen as such by everyone in the company, you'll still have your users find bugs faster and more frequently than you ever thought possible. And Blizzard is no stranger to bugs -- though they have a reputation for quality releases, they've always had a few bugs sneak through. As big a game as World of Warcraft
is, there's always bound to be something not working quite right.
But patch 3.0.8 goes above and beyond the bounds of normal mistakes. Adam put together a terrific roundup last night
of bugs found so far, and the list goes on and on: Wintergrasp (one of the biggest promoted features of Wrath
) shut down. Unbearable lag on the realms and in instances
(and this patch was supposed to fix that
). Blizzard even went live with the patch knowing that major bugs
(the Warlock summoning and animation and clipping errors) were in there, and, perhaps worst of all, bugs that have been in the game so long they seem to belong there (we're looking at you, Pet Cower bug
) didn't even bother showing up in the patch notes, and haven't been fixed.
In short, patch 3.0.8 has been a disaster. If Blizzard feels that this patch lives up to the quality of content they released in Northrend (or if they, unbelievably, somehow though this was meant to be a bugfix patch for Northend, that ended up screwing up more things than it fixed), then they need to take a long, hard look at their quality assurance system again.
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