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Why do big devs/publishers SUCK at updates?

01-27-2010, 09:21 AM
#1
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Why do big devs/publishers SUCK at updates?

Examples: EA and Gameloft with their highly priced games.
They just release their game and let people play them. Then people complain about bugs/glitches and what not but these companies do not release patches.
Instead they just release new, expensive games for people to buy and start the cycle again.

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01-27-2010, 09:39 AM
#2
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Because they are doing the exact same thing which some people accuse indie devs of, they are just in for the quick buck. They do not get paid for patches, they do get paid for new games, so its pretty clear why they do not release them. After one game is released, they already start the marketing campaign for the next big "hit".

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01-27-2010, 09:45 AM
#3
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Mainstream publishers, like any business, are motivated by profits. It costs money to fix bugs. If the game has been selling well despite the bugs, why should a publisher feel motivated to divert resources that could be working on new games?

Most games have a shelf life of concentrated interest/hype/visibility. If a game's already been out for a while, it's rare for an update to have a significant positive effect on overall sales, particularly now that Apple doesn't give updates any special visibility boost.

Updates can even backfire - many users take into account the "number of user reviews" as part of their buying decision. This is effectively reset to zero with an update.

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Originally Posted by wonderva View Post
Examples: EA and Gameloft with their highly priced games.
They just release their game and let people play them. Then people complain about bugs/glitches and what not but these companies do not release patches.
Instead they just release new, expensive games for people to buy and start the cycle again.
01-27-2010, 09:46 AM
#4
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Location: United Kingdom
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MONEY. In and out is all they care about. Indie devs have to update because they have no power atall and are forced to if they are to get good ratings and sales.

I think we should boycotte all big companies by not buying their next big title until they update older games.

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01-27-2010, 09:54 AM
#5
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Quote:
Originally Posted by wonderva View Post
Examples: EA and Gameloft with their highly priced games.
They just release their game and let people play them. Then people complain about bugs/glitches and what not but these companies do not release patches.
Instead they just release new, expensive games for people to buy and start the cycle again.
umm, because like always, retards keep buying.
01-27-2010, 09:55 AM
#6
Joined: Nov 2009
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They do not "suck" at updates. Updates are just not a part of their business model. Small developers have to make a name for themselves and earn a good reputation. If they don't put in the extra effort they won't survive. EA make millions from selling the same damn game over again every year. Why SHOULD they try any harder?
01-27-2010, 09:56 AM
#7
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I have to disagree with you about EA. They actually update their games pretty well. All of their sports titles have been updated at least once. Madden and Tiger Woods have been updated multiple times. The Sims has been updated, Rock Band, Spore Origins, Command & Conquer, etc...they've all been updated. Gameloft has to get much better, but EA does pretty well.

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01-27-2010, 10:00 AM
#8
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And actually the Sims series on PC and maybe mac all had patches made after release so can be all to do with them losing money on it.

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01-27-2010, 10:04 AM
#9
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I am abstaining from making a comment here
01-27-2010, 10:49 AM
#10
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Namco has made at least 2 updates for Ace Combat.