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Now is when the night terror comes .... the creeping crawlies that plague your sleep, and wake you screaming in the pre-dawn dark.

Well ... it is if you're reviewing NCAA 2006.

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# 1 Brandwin @ 07/06/05 12:42 PM
Great stuff Mark

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So I sit in terror, knowing there's a "GAMEKILLAH!!!!" lurking in my closet.
 
# 2 Nivek @ 07/06/05 12:45 PM
Great blog Mark,

I hate the fact that we have a sticky for bugs in the fourms, but I uderstand its purpose.
 
# 3 Brandwin @ 07/06/05 01:12 PM
Yeah...I try my hardest to stay away from that. I usually end up reading about a bug/glitch that I didnt see myself and it starts to ruin the game for me.
 
# 4 PdiddyPop @ 07/06/05 01:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Nivek
Great blog Mark,

I hate the fact that we have a sticky for bugs in the fourms, but I uderstand its purpose.

I agree. I don't understand why people make it their "life goal" to find bugs in games. Why not just be a tester than pick apart a game that will never be fully bug free?
 
# 5 SoMiss2000 @ 07/06/05 05:52 PM
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Yeah...I try my hardest to stay away from that. I usually end up reading about a bug/glitch that I didnt see myself and it starts to ruin the game for me.
It's not hard to stay away. Just don't look. I still haven't looked at the MVP 2005 bugs sticky.
 
# 6 Brandwin @ 07/06/05 05:54 PM
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It's not hard to stay away. Just don't look. I still haven't looked at the MVP 2005 bugs sticky.
True. Sometimes though, you go looking in a thread and someone will post something that you didnt want to see or hear about.
 
# 7 elicoleman @ 07/06/05 11:23 PM
Great read Mark.

I too, avoid the bug/glitch threads because I really don't care to know what little things there are.
 
# 8 Acid @ 07/06/05 11:42 PM
Good stuff Mark.

 
# 9 mgoblue @ 07/07/05 12:46 AM
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Originally Posted by SoMiss2000
It's not hard to stay away. Just don't look. I still haven't looked at the MVP 2005 bugs sticky.
yeah, even as a mod i stay from bug threads if i can...just don't want to know if I don't see it...ignorance is bliss sometimes
 
# 10 ewig @ 07/08/05 05:15 PM
[quote=So I sit in terror, knowing there's a "GAMEKILLAH!!!!" lurking in my closet[/QUOTE]

Bugs are a fact of life...especially with software that is released on an ongoing yearly cycle. And it's not the fault of game testers, associate producers, or producers...it's the reality of the schedule.

There has only been one sports game that I actually stopped playing because of a bug: The first PS2 version of High Heat Baseball, where the Saves stat was broken. (It was a pretty poor excuse for a Hight Heat game as well, but I digress.) Statistics are part of the fun of franchise/season sports gaming and if they are blatantly not working, then I won't play. And by blatant, I mean, I actually have to be fully aware of them. I know I've played games where the stats weren't perfect; but something like not crediting saves is a "gamekillah."

My point is, a review doesn't need to document bugs...and "gamekillah" is very subjective. Be honest, objective and thorough. Let the bug hunting wonks spend their time with the petty details of whether or not the Big House is lit properly in the 3rd quarter of a game in November that started at 3p EST.

(BTW: When I say objective, I mean treat each game on its' own merits and not on who is publishing it. Suck ups and haters are the scourge of the industry.)
 

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