Discussion in 'Gaming Discussion' started by Geoff, Dec 4, 2013.
"We're being conditioned to accept SHIT"
Yep, that about sums it up!
This is why I won't buy new consoles anymore. You didn't see ANY at-launch issues with any game system at all..... until the 360/PS3.... Nothing from Nintendo, theirs was fine, but the other 2, ew. When I see the problems they're having with the xbone and ps4 I'm just like "Why are people buying this? This is like buying a Pontiac Aztec or a KIA, you can see it's a turdpile and WILL die on you, but you're going to throw money at it?"
To be fair, this can be said for early adopters of any new technology. If you buy the 1st anything you will be the ones to test it out. Then when the companies get all the bugs fixed the new iteration is better and cheaper. TVs, smart phones, cars, GPS's, games consoles, computers, it's the same for them all. The 1st Xbox 360 had overheating problems and no HDMI or Wi-Fi, and people who waited a couple years got a more reliable console with HDMI out and built in Wi-FI for cheaper. It's sad that companies offer no incentives for the "must have" customers who stand in line for the newest product when they know there will be issues.
I expect all of my hardware to be fully functional when I purchase it. If it doesn't perform to the promise I return the hardware.
I expect all of my software to function, and have an acceptable amount of bugs and flaws ironed out within a reasonable timetable. However if enough of the promises are broken I will attempt to return the software and find an alternative.
I know that I should expect the same from both, and I should hold them both to the same standard. But I've accepted how even the best companies can't perfectly execute software products. My years working for apple really showed me how much of their focus is on delivering a solid functioning no promises broken software product and even then there will be problems. So while some companies intentionally screw up software just to push a product faster, other companies take the slow and steady pace, but both sides are just as vulnerable to an imperfect software product. I won't do the fanboy defending a company that has an obvious downfall, but one has to accept that there are plenty of circumstances where the company tried their best and used all their resources and still had problems.
Software has tens of thousands of variables that can create bugs. If the software itself is fundamentally flawed (*cough SimCity cough*) then that isn't acceptable, but having bugs here and there due to you having 1 of 53,236 configurations of motherboard/processor/video card/southbridge/northbridge/drive controller.... that's acceptable.
Releasing a piece of hardware that can set your house on fire, just so you maintain a slight competitive edge, is not. Offering a piece of hardware that, given another month or two of testing maybe wouldn't have had the optical drive fall apart on day 5, or have heating issues, is not and shouldn't be acceptable. This is all stuff that should have been fixed a year ago in the alpha for the product, not in the production model.
They don't have to. The companies know full well that these "techies" will continue to line-hound for any new product they spew out. In turn, there's no incentive for these companies to produce fully functional products because these line hounds will lap up whatever they slap a price tag on.
Man, this thread reminded me of these:
These are both comedy GOLD.
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