Game Functionality consumer group possibly needed (?)
Am I the only one getting tired of buying games that only 'mostly' work? Everytime there is a new release, an update is needed almost immediately. I find there is almost always serious glitches that affect game enjoyment, and sometimes the update tanks the game too. I have a few examples in mind, and I'm sure many of you do too.
I'm interested in seeing if there is a percieved need for this, or is it just me. I feel that when I pay for a product that it should operate as advertised. Sims 3 had a glitch that crashed the game out when you tried to save after trying to build a second floor. Fixed in an update, returned with a later update then fixed again.... months later. EA, Ubisoft, and Firaxis are notorious for this. while Ubisoft is a little bit better than the pack it's not enough. One update for heroes of might and magic 6 removed all the files off of the harddrive and replaced them with a new structure. That was how buggy it was, and it still hangs from time to time... a year later.
I'd like there to be a Quality Programming rating. This would at least get the industries attention. Buggy updates would lower the QP rating, while good ones would up the QP rating. It may encourage them to ensure that the game functions as should be expected. While characters image twisting, stretching and jumping around in a early release of AC: III don't damage function it does deminish enjoyment, and doesn't really seem like quality programming to me. Fixed in an update, but after a too long delay.
We the consumers can have a voice, but not alone, lost in a sea of screaming voices. It shouldn't require a big commitment from the many, but It would of a few who would have to organize the info input. I mean if Heroes 6 was about to release and got hit with a QP rating of 5 (out of ten, for simplicity) then they might decide to patch up the problems before release so that it would sell better (I wouldn't pay much for anything under an 8 QP rating, wouldn't buy it all all if it fell under 6).
The bottom line is all they care about, so if you want thier attention, hit them there. They will sit up and listen, cause they are here to serve us, not the other way around.
Any suggestions or advice at this point would be welcomed as long as it's constructive.