OK, so I refuse to sit in a gilded cage and scream about 343’s apparent ineptitude. I’m getting a little tired of the negativity. Which is why when it usually comes to feedback on anything and forums (even on things I love) I’m usually a professional lurker, and all I can do is shake my head and wonder why it’s become one of the internet’s favorite past-times to -Yoink-, about EVERYTHING. Yes we’re frustrated and angry, with good reason. Yes mistakes were made, But come on! This was a a massive undertaking and just getting the core engines of four different games from two different previous consoles to work together is in itself an accomplishment. Do we want it to work right the first time, of course we do. Do we as consumers demand and deserve products to work or be exactly as advertised? Of course we do (I’m talking to you car manufactures, movie studios, musicians, TV networks, electronics manufactures, authors, barbers, ‘as seen on TV’ products, fast food restaurants). Do we have the right to have a 100% working title right out of the gate, of course we do. But is it realistic? No, not really. Not on something of this scale. It’s world-wide with millions of systems and players wanting to play right now, and some slack should be given. At least they are working the issues and have attempted to keeep us updated. Many of the complaints might be comeing from those that have no idea how difficult a technical task this is and could be as technical savvy as being able to hit the ‘on’ button. Yet feel that they have the right to pass judgement. And meanly too. The techs at 343 and XBL are probably freaking the hell out. Think of your worst day and work, yep. I’m sure they are mortified and embarrased beyond reason. They had to come out and perform on the world stage. There they were, ready to rock the universe with an epic guitar solo and show they were rock gods and just as they jam the opening power chord, BAM! their pants fall off (EEK!) Give em’ a break community, a community that claims to love these games yet will find every opportunity to complain about them. Go play another game if it makes you that angry.
With that being said, I for one would like to see constant updates on the process of fixing the problems. I’m in no way really that techincal savvy myself anymore and haven’t really done anthing worthwhile tech support wise since the days of dial up, BUT I’m curious for curiosity’s sake to learn what the specific main issues are and how they are attempting to fix it. What tricks and work arounds etc. I want details people, in an open ongoing dialouge, even if a lot of it goes over my head. I nothing else it’ll give us confidence in their solutions and when to expect them. It’ll give us insight into what the problems actually are and maybe show us how difficult it all is and disperse some of the peasants running around with pitchforks and torches. I want to see behind the curtain.