January 27th, 2011
Gaming analyst Michael Pachter called a group of angry gamers "crybabies" for planning to report Activision to the UK Office of Fair Trading this week, following the buggy release of Call of Duty: Black Ops on both PC and PlayStation 3.
"All games are buggy, some more so than others," defended Pachter, who makes a living in part by recommending Activision stock. "Have you tried Fallout:New Vegas? Buggiest game ever."
As Pachter sees it, since "most bugs are patched within a reasonable amount of time," sloppy launch code should be excused, especially by "serious" gamers.
"In my view, this is a blatant stunt by a politician to grab attention," concluded Pachter. "He should probably pay more attention to keeping gaming jobs in the UK than pissing off a large company that can create or eliminate UK jobs."
I'll agree with Pachter on politicians. But excusing sloppy launch code is a joke. These games ain't cheap. And there's no way in Hades I'm going to accept the increasing "ship it now fix it later" mentality lying down. You?
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