Note: iOS 9 + Facebook users w/ trouble scrolling: #super sorry# we hope to fix it asap. In the meantime Chrome Mobile is a reach around
hot  /  reviews  /  videos  /  cblogs  /  qposts

Do you want developers 'fixing' your games after release?

4:20 PM on 04.22.2011 // Jonathan Holmes

[Every so often, you may see some of these mini-features appear on the front page. They are just short editorial thoughts meant to start an interesting conversation in the comments and c-blogs. Enjoy! Now get to discussing!]

Growing up, the games I played were filled with bugs and glitches. Thing is, we didn't always know that these "mistakes" were unintentional. World -1 in Super Mario Bros. is a perfect example. When the neighborhood heard rumors of this super secret, unbeatable level, we scavenged hard throughout the entire game to try to find it. There was no Internet, no reliable videogames news source, or any other means to discover what these rumors were about. The only way to discover if they were "real" was to look for them ourselves. It felt like we were hunting for chupacabra or some other mythical beast -- except in a virtual world, where the unnatural and the unexplainable are potentially real.

When we finally found that level, our minds were completely blown. Seeing World -1, in all its useless glory, is definitely one of the high points of my lifelong gaming career.

If Super Mario Bros. had come out today, that level may have been seen as a "bug" by Nintendo, which would result in it getting patched out of existence before I ever saw it. Same goes for advanced Super Smash Bros. Melee techniques like wavedashing and L-canceling. The removal of these "exploits" in the jump to Smash Bros. Brawl from Smash Bros. Melee are one of the chief reasons why so many competitive Smash Bros. players loathe Brawl. What if Melee had come out on modern consoles, that allow for post-release patches? If so, wavedashing and L-canceling might have never been discovered, let alone embraced as the game changers they're perceived as today.


Then there's the Kara throws from Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, and the sequence breaking in the early Metroid games, the "unique" saving system from Bit.Trip BEAT, and the innumerable other glitches, bugs, and exploits that gamers have craftily transformed into features. They all may have never been discovered if they were released in the modern era of post-release patching and fixing.

As great as post-release patching can be, I wonder if it's worth the price of potentially losing out on all the happy accidents that have helped to make videogames such unpredictable, mysterious works of art. With Ed Boon already planning to patch Mortal Kombat in ways that the player may not even be aware of, it's enough to convince me just keep my consoles offline to avoid these uninvited alterations to my games' "junk." That in itself is a bit of a nuisance -- the need to be afraid that my game might change itself for the worse when I'm not looking. Add to that the need to be diligent about keeping up with what these patches are with online research and opinions from those who have already downloaded the patch, and you have a situation where "fixing" the game might lead to more hassles than it might solve.

What do you think? Should developers be patching our games without telling us exactly what these patches do first? Should they give us the option to opt out of a patch if we don't like the changes they made? Have you ever patched a game only to find that you preferred it before it was "fixed"?

Jonathan Holmes, Bad Joke Uncle
 Follow Blog + disclosure Tips
"Where do dreams end and reality begin? Videogames, I suppose."- Gainax, FLCL Vol. 1 "The beach, the trees, even the clouds in the sky... everything is build from little tiny pieces of stuff. Ju... more   |   staff directory

 Setup email comments

Unsavory comments? Please report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our community fisters, and flag the user (we will ban users dishing bad karma). Can't see comments? Apps like Avast or browser extensions can cause it. You can fix it by adding * to your whitelists.

Status updates from C-bloggers

Parismio avatarParismio
Captain America: Civil War trailer dropped!: [youtube][/youtube]
lewness avatarlewness
Gah, wanna go Alexander farming but The Old Hunters ;_;
BaronVonSnakPak avatarBaronVonSnakPak
Holy shit, Splatoon is addictive.
Pixie The Fairy avatarPixie The Fairy
Duck Hunt was a trickier unlock than I expected. Jigglypuff, you are next on my list! [img][/img]
Nekrosys avatarNekrosys
Yay, this arrived today. Nekro is quite happy, as he's been looking forward to playing this game for a while. [IMG][/IMG]
Gamemaniac3434 avatarGamemaniac3434
Dtoid mobile has apparently broken again. This is it. This how the dtoid ends. *black hole opens, dtoid disappears*
Amna Umen avatarAmna Umen
Gave Ronin one more chance before I chucked it in the "never to be finished" pile, glad I did. It could have been so much better but as a frustrating time waster it's not bad.
StriderHoang avatarStriderHoang
I'm sitting on the Fapcast's most recent recording. I just feel like I need a day for myself after, you know, freaking out about rent.
SeymourDuncan17 avatarSeymourDuncan17
Why is every Quickpost now spaced out like poems with random amounts of stanzas that never ever rhyme?
RadicalYoseph avatarRadicalYoseph
Was anybody else here extremely disappointed by the ending of Assassin's Creed 2?
Parismio avatarParismio
Just tried Fallout 4 on my PC Via my Cousins steam account and nope, it does not run for me very well. Buying the PS4 version it is!
OrochiLeona avatarOrochiLeona
You know who never took any shit from anybody? Dr. Blight.
Terry 309 avatarTerry 309
Am I the only one who has to pull up their sleeves to play competantly at videogames? When my hoodie's sleeves are down I play like a piece of shit but when i pull them up, I have more flexibility.
Shinta avatarShinta
PSA: Just picked up Falco amiibo at Best Buy. They had about 20 Tom Nook, 10 singles of Splatoon Boy/Girl, the Splatoon triple pack, about 30 Marths with a big sign saying "Look Who's Back!," Dark Pit, and probably about 15 others. Not too shabby.
Fenriff avatarFenriff
I long for the day that people get over their weird circle jerk hatred for FFXIII related things and just ignore things they don't care about.
Rad Party God avatarRad Party God
I'm upgrading my PC on the cheap and I'm going with AMD, out of these two CPUs, wich one is better?, A8-7650K or FX-6300?
Logeon avatarLogeon
Huh, I think we broke LightningFarron19, you guys.
Archelon avatarArchelon
KeithTheGeek avatarKeithTheGeek
Being a video game-focused website, it's not often I get to gush about Godzilla. So have a link to one of my favorite tracks in the entire series:
ChrisHannard avatarChrisHannard
Fallout 4 really does bring back memories. Specifically, memories of finding unlikely loot on a animal's corpse. I'm just grateful that Bloatfly didn't know how to use that 15 pound flamethrower it was apparently carrying in its bum bag.
more quickposts



Invert site colors

  Dark Theme
  Light Theme

Destructoid means family.
Living the dream, since 2006

Pssst. konami code + enter

modernmethod logo

Back to Top

We follow moms on   Facebook  and   Twitter
  Light Theme      Dark Theme
Pssst. Konami Code + Enter!
You may remix stuff our site under creative commons w/@
- Destructoid means family. Living the dream, since 2006 -