Gamers find problems with Fallout: New Vegas

December 13, 2010 7:52:54 PM PST
Fallout: New Vegas is the fourth installment of a popular video game series. Despite a record $300 million in sales in its first month, some are finding the game unplayable.

Fallout: New Vegas puts the game player in a post apocalyptic world following a nuclear explosion.

"Fans of the original series were just hanging on the release date," Gamespot.com editor Ricardo Torres said.

Bethesda Softworks announced it shipped out 5 million units for sale, but Torres says the game was shipped out with problems.

"There were quite a few bugs that were preventing, like, maximum enjoyment for a lot of people," he said.

Campbell resident Sam Sandy unfortunately found that out for himself.

"The little spinning wheel indicates its loading, the screen goes to black, at this point the game is unresponsive, it's impossible to proceed," Sandy said, showing the problem to 7 On Your Side.

As games increase in complexity, so have the number of bugs.

"They're creating these large games that offer players a lot of choice and it becomes much more challenging to nail every bug because the permutations pretty much grow exponentially," Torres said.

Sandy once worked with a video game company as a product tester and does not understand how this is happening.

"The game is able to crash so easily, there's no way the testing department didn't know about it," he said.

Torres suspects the pressure to release Fallout: New Vegas in time for the holidays may have contributed to the problem, so has the ease in which game developers can easily send out fixes.

"Because you now have that Internet connectivity, developers are taking advantage of the option to patch their games," Torres said.

Bethesda has already sent out several patches and is promising one final patch before the end of the year. The company did not return 7 On Your Side's call for comment.


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