I love the Phils and the guys that work with them. I also love the games that they make. But I think something needs to be said about the QA process. Releasing games on historical dates may be a nice touch but just once I'd like to buy one of their games and have just minor problems to deal with. Every game released has bugs but with Ageod games you aren't really sure if you can actually play a game all the way through without having to wait for multiple patches. This has been going on since Birth of America. Don't get me wrong, I think Ageod's support is 1000%. It's just that when I buy one of their games, I have them all BTW, I never know if it's actually safe to start playing or if I should wait for half a dozen patches. I really want to play WON but I don't want my gameplay interrupted or spoiled by having to wait for a patch to fix things events that don't fire or things that don't work. It's really become a guessing game when you buy an Ageod product. Like I said, they provide excellent support but they almost have to because I can't remember one game they released that didn't have some type of major problem that required patching before you could actually play. Is WON safe to start playing after the first patch or does it require several more patches?
You've perfectly captured my own thoughts about AGEOD and their games. I buy their games to support them, and I appreciate their willingness to stick by their games, but I increasingly find that I like the theory of them more than the reality.
Their approach to QC is consistently amateurish. The patch today, for example, doesn't even install the graphics fixes into the correct folder! A pre-teen modder can get that stuff right. And time and time again, they fix one thing only to break something else - and often the two things are so unrelated that you're left scratching your head as to how they could even break the thing they broke while trying to fix the thing they they fixed.
I know they are a small company. But they are charging big boy prices. And someday they need to approach this as more than a paid hobby.
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