Monday, June 09, 2008

Glitches Ruin Games


I've been playing titles in the Harvest Moon series for years now. The quality of the titles definitely vary, but one thing has been for sure: they have always been technically sound games for the most part. Sure, like any game, you'd spot a small glitch here and a minor bug there, but it was nothing that could ruin the entire experience...

...until Harvest Moon DS was released, however.

Harvest Moon DS, game play and design wise, is actually a very enjoyable entry in the series. It's not a masterpiece by any means, but I'm sure I'd still get a few hundred hours of enjoyment out of it, which is a good thing in my book.

The major problem is, the lack of adequate play testing from the developers has really shown in this product. Glitches abound in Harvest Moon DS - enough, in fact, to ruin the game as a whole.

Not only will you find tons of little glitches, you will find crucial ones as well: bugs that corrupt your actual game save. Even if you've been treating the cartridge with care and have been saving without shutting the power off, your game save will eventually become corrupted for no apparent reason.

After wasting a few months of play time in Harvest Moon DS I decided enough was enough. I speedily drove to the nearest Gamestop and pawned off my copy. I lost a bit of money, but it's definitely superior having $7 in your pocket than an unplayable release.

Even if a game itself is top-notch, glitches can completely ruin it. Despite the fact that game prises are actually rising there seems to be no end to this mess. So the moral of the story is... developers, test yer damn products!

Related article: Poor Play Testing + A Rushed Product = A Broken Game

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6 Comments:

At 1:35 PM, Blogger FUNNYMAN said...

I doubt a bug free game even exists. Even Pac Man has its flaws.

 
At 3:37 PM, Anonymous Pseudo Banksy said...

I've felt that way before. The $3 bucks I got from that game was worth it! (At leasts thats how much I got in my case).

 
At 7:10 PM, Blogger Tom said...

I haven't had a corrupt save file yet but the most annoying glitch for me was the constant resetting of friendship/romance levels. You know the tool that allows you to see friendship/romance levels? Well it always showed 0 when I re-loaded a saved game :-(

 
At 11:49 AM, Blogger Ross said...

Funnyman, but can you name any significant bugs in Pac-Man? I personally can't think of any in there, but if there are, they are so insignificant that you can't notice them. In titles like this they are so severe that they actually ruin the entire game.

Pseudo Banksy, what title was it?

Tom, no wonder I couldn't get that one chick over the initial gray heart...

 
At 12:31 PM, Anonymous Fun Games said...

That is really a usual thing happening on console games because they don't have patches, unlike PC games, it can be redo by just downloading the fix.

 
At 9:51 PM, Anonymous Pseudo Banksy said...

I believe it was one of the pokemons. It was a while ago. Maybe red...maybe

Btw, I added you to my blogroll. A linkback would be nice, but is not necessary.

 

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