We gamers expect a lot from developers. But to fair, it’s really because we know they can give most of what we want. Now true, sometimes we go overboard in our wishes, but at it’s core, I think gamers wishes can be boiled down to three things:
1. The game looks good (doesn’t have to have super high detail, but does need to show they put a lot of care into it)
2. The gameplay isn’t buggy (after all, if that doesn’t work, what’s the point in playing the game?)
3. If there is online gameplay (which is not a requirement, but appreciated when done), make sure it works and works well.
A recent ESL Halo championship tournament was cancelled this weekend, due to “joinability” issues regarding online play (thus, they broke rule #3). This hits particularly hard for the 47 teams who had signed up to fight it out for the $3000 grand prize. In a statement, the Halo Twitter account had this to say:
“We’re aware of and investigating party joinability issues. As a result, we’ll be canceling HCS Cup #1, and apologize for the inconvenience.”
It has been well documented how problems continue to affect 343 Industries in regards to issues with the Master Chief Collection. Numerous fans were furious that the compilation game was plagued with bugs, and how online games were hard to accomplish. Though 343 have been trying to fix them, it doesn’t seem it’s all the way fixed just yet.