WB allegedly knew there were issues with Batman

Two anonymous testers that worked on the Arkham Knight game, spoke to Kotaku about thier experiences working on the continuation of the Batman franchise.  The testers reveal that WB knew all about the issues with the PC version of the game and said to ship it anyway.  Now, I don't know if this is true, but if it is, I'm not surprised at all.  publishers are getting more and more brazen with their propensity to ship broken games.

I will say that it’s pretty rich for WB to act like they had no idea the game was in such a horrible state,” said one quality assurance tester who worked on the game for years. “It’s been like this for months and all the problems we see now were the exact same, unchanged, almost a year ago.

If you want to read the whole article you can head on over to Kotaku.  Stick around though, if you are interested in a little rant.  The issue here is that people are buying games site unseen, we as gamers need to stop pre-ordering games.  We need to start relying on reviews of games, like we did in the past, not just the scores for the game, but actually read the review.  Find someone that reviews games that you tend to agree with most of the time, and read what they think about games you're interested in.  Everyone is so obsessed with getting the new hotness the second it comes out, that they don't stop to find out if the game is worth getting.  

Because gamers do this, publishers can force developers to put out crappy product with a pretty package, they know we're going to buy it anyway, so it doesn't matter how good it is.  To be fair, I don't think developers ever set out to make a broken game, I think they get in over their head, need more time to get it right, and some jackass in a suit tells them to ship it anyway, because that suit doesn't care about games.  The suit only cares about the bottom line, only cares about shareholders, and couldn't care less about video games as an art form.

I think the recent release of Valve's new return policy on Steam might have forced WB's hand.  Who's to say that they would allow Rocksteady to fix these problems if players were unable to return the defective product.  I'm fairly certain they wouldn't have, they would have given it some passing lip service that they were working hard to fix it, but little would come of it.

When the next Arkham game, or any game for that matter comes out, everyone is going to pre-order it, without delay, because mediocrity is apparently okay with us.  When that happens we'll be upset that we got screwed, all over again.  And we deserve because we make it possible for these companies to shovel their crap off on us with promises to "fix it later".  This is all our fault.