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Published on September 1st, 2016 | by David

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Why Some Video games are Released ‘Unplayable’

Sometimes, a product is released to the general public in a genuinely defective state. In most cases, this is done by mistake, the faulty product is immediately recalled and consumers get offered refunds appropriate to their purchase.

Sometimes, a product is released to the general public in a genuinely defective state. In most cases, this is done by mistake, the faulty product is immediately recalled and consumers get offered refunds appropriate to their purchase.

In the world of gaming, developers are nearly always pushed for time, pressured into knowingly releasing their broken, buggy or downright unplayable games to an unsuspecting audience of unassuming players.

There’s absolutely no excuse for this behaviour, but it is slowly becoming an accepted reality of the medium. Over the past several years, dozens of games have been shipped despite being desperately defective, the assumption being that the developers will eventually patch the broken products into an acceptable condition, once they’ve made their money back. Until then, players are expected to tolerate faulty goods, a mentality which can only be understood in the following terms: you’ll get what you’re given.

In 2016, this kind of mentality is disgraceful, and while certain games can be forgiven for the occasional bug, others are so riddled with problems that they’re rendered downright criminal. With that being said, here are the worst offenders, the games that crossed the line, and were released despite being fundamentally inoperative…

 


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