You know what really grind my gears? Bugs! More precisely, the bugs we find in our favorite software like certain MMOs for example. I’m not talking here about little cosmetic bugs like wrong color or a typo in quest text, I’m talking about bugs that alter the gameplay experience and may prevent you from completing a task. Maybe I’m biased because I’m a programmer and I’m thinking that some of these bugs should have been found and fixed a long time ago. Or maybe I just don’t have patience for bugs.
Whatever the reason, bugs get to me fast. Swtor, the one MMO I’m playing a lot and raiding in, if full of them. Just last week we had more than half of our wipes on bosses due to bugs. And not always the same bugs.. multiple bugs. We had Soa reset when a pillar hit him, we have people moving but still getting hit by stuff, we had mobs suddenly become immune to all damage, battle-rez that send people out of the raid and a slew of others.
It’s driving me up to walls.
I’m raid leading and it’s driving me nuts that I can’t rely on what I’m seeing happening to know what we do wrong. I saw our tank not move and get hit by bad but he swears he had moved away. Normally I’d be suspicious but I’ve been victim of the same bug where on my screen I was half a mile away but other swore I didn’t move. Bug… Or we have that perfect run that smell of a kill and the boss resets… Makes me want to punch kittens.
I came away from the raid saturday half pissed and half happy. I was happy that we managed to make progress despite the bugs, happy that our raid is performing so well but I was also incredibly pissed that we were denied so many times because of bugs.
So I need to find a way to take these bugs in stride and not get the blood boiling. Swtor is a great game and I know that someday the bugs will be fixed and all will be well. But until that time, if you have any advice to share I’m all ears.