TL:DR is at the bottom of the page.
Alright, I’ve noticed this forum has a few things. It has:
-People posting bugs and glitches so that 343I can fix them(which is what this forum is MEANT for)
-People complaining, consistently, as though each little post matters, and as though each post covers something that the others didn’t. (You’re delaying what you want to happen! Let 343I see BUGS in this forum, NOT your complaints about what your post is delaying)
-People trying to defend 343I. Typically, these are usually very respectful, and logical, but on some occassions, insult those that have trouble with it.
THIS post, is going to cover all the bases. This isn’t me being a fanboy, or a hater, this is me simply examing the situation, using logic, and common decency. This post is attempting to avoid all assumptions, insults, misplaced information, and opinions.
Now that that is out of the way, I will begin.
343 Industries, has released a somewhat broken game. While this is bad for the industry, and bad for the consumers, they have quite a few logical reasons for this being the case.
-343I attempted to put 4 previously existing games onto one disk, one menu, with essentially a fifth game tacked on - this is a major feat, and has not been done before.
-Halo for the first time, is on Xbox One. A developer takes time to get used to the new functionality and capability of the new console. Perhaps a project as big as TMCC was not meant to be the first one.
-This game was produced by multiple companies, while 343I tried to manage them. Certain Affinity, Saber Interactive, and Blur(all very big and respected companies, known by many) were attempted to be managed on one project, by 343 Industries, a company that was created specifically to take on the Halo franchise in 2009, and is still comparatively small.
-343I attempted to release it as close to Halo 2’s original release date, while also releasing it on a Tuesday. While this was a dumb business decision, sentiment can only happen once, while fixes can be done at any time.
This forum, is meant for bugs. Those that are simply complaining about the game, acting like 343I is truly a terrible company, are simply clogging up the forum, where if it wasn’t clogged by posts like that, perhaps they would notice bug-posts, and fix them.
Getting a refund, while a viable option, is also a very strange one. You bought this game, not to play it THAT WEEK, you bought it to play it at all. Returning it, just gives you another two trips to take(assuming you wish to repurchase it later, when everything is fixed).
A lot of people assume 343I is doing nothing, and doesn’t care. This is an assumption, and no real proof has been shown. However, proof has been shown to the contrary. They have given regular updates on the site, and on Twitter. A couple of their server-side fixes have improved the matchmaking experience. I have been able to find matches in 5 minutes, then play 3-4 more afterwards, while at launch, I couldn’t at all. There has been signs of improvement. 20% improvement, by 343I’s statements.
While we should not regularly defend a broken game, we shouldn’t hate on it, either. The time for fixing the whole situation has passed, now, we can simply wait for 343I to respectfully fix it - avoiding hate and insult, will allow for a more positive view of the entire Halo community, as one person, can affect the views of based upon everyone.
I understand that some people have managed to enjoy the game, while others have unfairly gotten one that simply will not work. Typically, some people will hate the game, others will like it, based on their own circumstances. Despite this limited and selfish view, It is important to point out that others are enjoying it, and you should be thankful for them - as you should be thankful for all of 343I’s efforts to bring this game to you, in a functioning fashion.
We are all community members of Halo, we all care for it’s existence, and continued success. So, I ask that you respectfully appreciate others opinions, and stop trying to force your own defense, or hate, down another person’s throat - figuratively speaking, of course. Or, I hope figuratively, at least.
343 Industries,despite all the pessimism, and hate that they are receiving, is still attempting to fix the game, for you. They are a very professional company, and if even they have been unable to resolve these issues yet, there is a perfectly good reason for it.
Meanwhile, you are probably sitting there, waiting for the game to be fixed. While this IS all you can do(aside from bug posting, but I feel that most bugs have probably been mentioned at this point), it would do good to be respectful about it.
Despite I have never been a game developer myself, I do understand how hard it is, and how stressful it is, to have a currently troublesome product. It brings bad views upon Halo, 343 Industries, and gaming in general.
A lot of you have chosen to word your complaints in a very offensive, and often inconsiderate way. I simply ask that you stop. Being so negative, hateful, and hostile about it helps no-one - not even you. Can you imagine how bothering it is to be near an angry person? It can often make you angry as well, and no-one enjoys the feeling of being angry.
I know what your response will be - I’m just some defensive fanboy. While I am a Halo fanboy, I am not attempting to defend 343I. I am simply trying to be unbiased, logical, and un-hostile - as I would be for anyone, any company, and anything.
I hope that this post has enlightened a few of you, and perhaps made you consider the whole situation for a moment.
TL:DR : 343 Industries is at fault, but deserves very little hate, if any. [WARNING: You are not allowed to try to argue against this if you JUST read the TL:DR]