TerribleTy wrote:Who ever was in charge of beta testing should be fired.
Hold on there, there is a lot more to it and I'm saying that as a former professional programmer.
I don't know what it is with people in general, they always seem to act as if bugs are just a lucky roll of dice. Hardware related bugs, bugs in the programming tools that are being used or conflicts with other software, are bugs you can't always avoid, but you can avoid a lot of bugs related to anything else. Lots of bugs often (not always) just means one thing: sloppy programmers. Sorry, but that's just the truth, but mind you, I'm not saying that this is the case with this game. As a programmer you constantly need to be your own beta tester, not at a scale as a true beta tester, but you do need to double check most of your critical steps.
What also increases the chances of getting bugs is just poor planning, communication and organization. Some developers really need to stop coming across as innocent victims of bugs. No, most of them are bugs that THEY created and nobody else. I would never have an attitude as a programmer to come across as "Look at me, I just fixed the bug, aren't you happy?". No, I would feel annoyed that I created the bug in the first place.
Secondly, people also need to stop abusing the true definition of a beta-tester. A beta tester in my eyes is not someone who is just eager to play a game sooner than anyone else and who reports bugs that he finds (almost every beta tester for games nowadays is like that).
No, a true beta tester is trying to rip the software apart, by checking every feature, every setting, by double checking numbers and by doing the most crazy stuff. The mentality of a true beta tester is one that is eager to find bugs and who will try do anything to find them, instead of just using the software, period. Good beta testing should be encouraged, if it's not with a financial reward or a prize, it could be a title, a competitive ranking system, etc.
My opinion? I think this game is a buggier game than Panzer Corps. To be honest, I don't think I've ever seen any serious bug in Panzer Corps and most definitely NEVER freezes, crashes or slow performance that this game seems to suffer from.
All credit to the developers for taking the time to solve them, but when I see another freeze issue pop up again, then I'm seriously asking myself whether the game's foundation was actually good to begin with or that one of the programmers seriously need to improve his quality standards. How could a game like Panzer Corps be so reliable (for me at least) and this game (still) causing too many issues for people?
Anyway, just my 2 cents, I hope that I didn't come across as too harsh, but this is just the way I think about bugs and beta testings for years based on my experience in the field of programming.