The Ethics Of Patching Video Games



When Should Developers Be Required To Patch Games?
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Patching games goes back a long way. Expansion packs go back even longer.

Today we look at the history of packing and expansions, plus 3 reasons for developers to provide free patches.

No Man’s Sky: Foundation Patch 1.1 anyone?

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21 Comments

  • Maybe if you took your time with the game and do it right then we wouldn't have to worry about that $40,000 patch.. it's your fault! Not the customer..

    Kenrick Eason
    Posted July 31, 2020
  • Dying light was better without the patches regardless of the new content.

    Flyguy182
    Posted July 31, 2020
  • Tack Schaffer is THE last person i listen to when it comes to money quotes… 😐

    barista
    Posted July 31, 2020
  • Uhh.. DLC are expansion packs. Exactly the same thing.

    Alyssin Williams
    Posted July 31, 2020
  • game in 3:03?

    Dextor Me
    Posted July 31, 2020
  • <laughs procedurally>

    Przemysław Chudzik
    Posted July 31, 2020
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    The Dead channel
    Posted July 31, 2020
  • Should a company have to put out patches for their game? No not really but that would kind of be too much for game companies today to expect a game to work upon release. Some of the problem is the increasing complexity level of games but most of it is just plain laziness and greed at releasing a game early. PC or console I can't remember to many games that released as broken as they do now back in the 80's and 90's. You bought a game and it worked, pretty simple. Now games aren't even remotely functional when sold, like they never even tried their own game before release. To some degree I think it's intentional. It's almost a DRM for new games and means you don't really own the game after the servers providing the patches go away if you ever delete it.

    Justa Guy
    Posted July 31, 2020
  • What happened to your beautuful thumbnails!?

    azk12
    Posted July 31, 2020
  • I heavily disagree about the part that developers not having to patch games for new operating systems. Look at Bethesda, they sell their old games on steam but don't optimize most of them for current operating systems (morrowind and fallout 3 are not optimized for Windows 7 and up). Even though fallout 3 warns you that it is not optimized it still isn't okay. Developers need to make sure their games work for all operating systems and when a new one comes out they need to make it work for that as well, and if they don't want to fix it for newer operating systems then they shouldn't sell and make money off of it. It's the developers job to make sure it works, not ours.

    undergroundrapper313
    Posted July 31, 2020
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    Silverio Monares
    Posted July 31, 2020
  • I love your presentation style, it's not informal or rant-like, it's very composed and more importantly, constructive. Subbing!

    On another note, would it be possible for you to do a discussion video on "Representation in video games", games like Overwatch, any Ubisoft game lately, Mirror's Edge, etc. are examples of games that feature a myriad of characters from different backgrounds. I would love to hear your thoughts on why this is important (or isn't) in today's gaming culture.

    Justin Ang
    Posted July 31, 2020
  • I really like the topics you talk about and the way you present your videos, very clear and informative. You got my subscription, keep it up!

    Gaming Globulins
    Posted July 31, 2020
  • Good video again! Really makes me miss the PS2 era when games just worked out of the (literal) box. I think the patching epidemic we've been living with for a few years now, originates from publishers rushing the dev teams with unrealistic deadlines. The marketing behind any AAA game is so big and costly that publishers have a vested interest in seeing the game come out on time regardless of the flaws it may contain because they can always patch it later for $40k instead of ruining a $100k+ marketing campaign. But we as consumers can change this sorry state of affairs by never pre-ordering a game, always reading reviews about a game before purchasing and if any reviews mention a broken game, we should let publishers know through email or social media that we're not buying their game because it's broken. They are businesses after all which couldn't exists without informed consumers. Keep up the kickass work dude!

    Vlad88667
    Posted July 31, 2020
  • I Love Your Content !!!

    David Halabi
    Posted July 31, 2020
  • They knew exactly what they were doing when they released that game. Nobody should buy that game, ever. I don't care how great it becomes later. If you buy it later, you are supporting the behavior and the lies. It will continue to happen as long as people continue to blindly throw money at their screen.

    B Mcginnis
    Posted July 31, 2020
  • You forget to mention The Division it is much much better after the latest Patches.
    It is worth to patch for the Company´s Credibility,
    look at No Man´s Sky it is changing Minds… but i hope we Gamer stop buying Pre-Orders they have to Deliver what they Promise.

    Eez
    Posted July 31, 2020
  • No man's sky is fascinating. As of right now there are about 6,000 people playing the game and it is roughly in the top 50 games being played on steam. This is a game that had an Overwhelming negative rating on steam from over 80,000 people at one point. Yet people everywhere are concerned with devs that over promise and under deliver as if it has never happened before (cough P. Monyleux). The whole point of having ratings and reviews for games is to protect to the consumer and provide a clear idea of what is being purchased and yet no one is talking about the bigger problem of gamers ignoring ratings and reviews and pre ordering as if there is no alternative to an over hyped game.

    I really don't see where ethics comes into this. Its strictly a business decision to patch a game and try to provide more of what you promised. The consequences of fixing a broken game or not will obviously influence how much your next game will sell. But clearly No man's sky is a VERY popular game that people want to play! The devs had made more than enough money on this game to cover several patches to improve the game and improve their reputation.

    I would rather have seen a a video entitled "Why so many gamers ignore ratings and reviews and yet feel justified to complain about a game" than this one.

    askiro jaro
    Posted July 31, 2020
  • Cheaters in Battlefield 1? I think you mean tank players from the pro circuit jumping on a random match to get their daily dose of victory…

    Video speaks true about this industry, I don't really have much to say except keep this up and you'll reach that 1 million one day mate!

    New Recruit
    Posted July 31, 2020
  • Absolutely agree. other than fixes, cheating and expectations no other additional content should be required for free. very interesting video , thanks. im glad i didnt get no mans sky yet, maybe ill wait for the next patch when the gsme becomes the hype that was advertised. a review on the new version would be nice 🙂

    Scott Rosenblatt
    Posted July 31, 2020
  • Great video, agreed with everything! On another hand this video could be a great "love letter" sent to Blizzard for Diablo 3! Love the game and the gameplay but boy they are having a problem with patching and expansions! :))

    Cristian Iosif
    Posted July 31, 2020

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