How to identify a game bug


#1

Bugs are bad, so if it isn’t bad, it may not be a bug :thinking:

So I’ve designed this easy criteria to help people decide before reporting a possible ‘bug’.

  1. Does this imbalance or break the game? If NO, then maybe not a bug.
  2. Does it annoy players? If NO, then maybe not a bug.
  3. Would changing this annoy players? If YES, then maybe not a bug.
  4. Based upon above three answers, is mentioning this a waste of valuable dev time? If YES, then maybe not a bug, and they probably wont fix anyways.

Lets look at an example to make things clearer.

Some people think that the pet Wrymling being in the pet rotation is a bug :rofl:

  1. Does this imbalance or break the game? No.
  2. Does it annoy players? No.
  3. Would changing this annoy players? Yes.
  4. Based upon above three answers, is mentioning this a waste of valuable dev time? Absolutely!

Now lets look at a real bug example.

PS4 players are unable to view profiles, which makes guild communication almost impossible.

  1. Does this imbalance or break the game? Yes.
  2. Does it annoy players? @WishKiller thinks so
  3. Would changing this annoy players? No, this needs to be fixed.
  4. Based upon above three answers, is mentioning this a waste of valuable dev time? No, in fact this should be a top priority.

#2

Your post amused me, so I gave you a like.

However, in your first example, one additional question might be relevant: “Does the current operation directly contradict an ‘official news’ post that explained how this is supposed to work?” If yes, I think it is still a bug, at least technically. That said, I’d rather the devs spend their time working on the second example.


#3

Sirrian gets confused…
First the hair goes, and then I forget what comes next. :thinking:
But the point is, sometimes Sirrian’s post is the bug and not the game.


#4

And it would be just fine with me if the “bug fix” was to edit that official news post and just release all pets into the wild from day 1 hereafter.


#5

That’s actually… brilliant.


#6

While my hair is long gone, my mind is still pretty sharp.