A few days ago I lost about five hours of time to the notoriously buggy Age of Empires DS. I’d waged a long war of attrition against the Taira and it was roughly round 80 when mid combat the game just froze. Majesco did put a piece of printing paper in the game’s case that warned of bugs, so really it was my own fault.
Ten minutes ago I got permanently stuck in Grandia for the PS1. A river of poison was just too magnetic for my four member party to escape and so no matter what direction I pushed, they simultaneously ran in place.
We have written about bugs and glitches many times before, but this time I have a solution. Not a useful, working or well thought out solution, but a solution none the less. Someone, preferably not me, needs to create an archive of game breaking bugs. It can be Wikipedia style and allow gamers worldwide up upload pictures of games being broken and heartbreaking tales of time lost to sloppy coding.
This project would serve two purposes. People could use it to research any game they are about to begin and learn what rivers of green poison not to walk in, thus potentially saving hours of time. More importantly, it would create a hall of shame for all the shitty, lazy developers (or greedy, visionless producers if you prefer). Want to know how incompetent a team is or how little a company cares about you, the end consumer? Now you will (after you create the site and then pay me a monthly licensing fee).
The thought of Sid Meier weeping softly over his crusty keyboard after spending days reading thousands of bug reports fills my heart with joy.
I’m just joking, he obviously doesn’t care.