Gaming analyst Michael Pachter has branded the Gamers’ Voice organisation a ‘crybaby’ following news it’s to report Activision to the Office of Fair Trading over the buggy PC and PS3 versions of Black Ops.
Last week, Gamers’ Voice told IncGamers it’s to report the publisher to the government after it was ‘inundated with complaints’ from gamers.
We asked Michael Pachter for his views on how Activision will react to the news and he replied: “They sound like a crybaby to me.
”All games are buggy, some more so than others. Have you tried Fallout: New Vegas? Buggiest game ever.
“I suppose this helps to explain why the game sold only 20 million copies instead of 25 million, and why it received only a 90 metacritic rating instead of 95 (sarcasm intended, in case you didn’t pick up on it).
“If people don’t like it, they can take it back to retail for a refund. Most bugs are patched within a reasonable time, and any serious gamer expects bugs.”
Pachter went on to say it’s the role of the gaming press to report bugs, stating: “It’s the role of game reviewers to lower scores if they see bugs, and the role of the gaming press to report on buggy games. Consumers have many ways of discovering how good a game is before they buy, and publishers usually act quickly to patch bugs. I own the 360 version, and it wasn’t particularly buggy, but I suppose I am more tolerant than most MPs (those ARE my initials).”
The outspoken analyst then went on to claim the move by Gamers’ Voice is a way for MP Tom Watson, who founded the organisation but has no involvement in it now, to grab attention.
Pachter said: “In my view, this is a blatant stunt by a politician to grab attention. He should probably pay more attention to keeping gaming jobs in the UK than to pissing off a large company that can create or eliminate UK jobs.”