~~ Mikael ~~ …
OK, let me rephrase: I now who to blame when I find a bug.
Luckily, I know extremely well your marvellous sense of humour.
I’ve seen here & there, only a few times, malicious remarks when a game contains one or more bugs… of the sort “What were the beta-testers of that game messing around at”!
It’s possible that such a remark may be ‘justified’, but generally a bug which has been missed by testers is one that no “normal” person would run into !
****** A theoretical slightly exaggerated example
Our hero is starving hungry and says so repeatedly, and makes it plain to the player that if he doesn’t get something to eat fairly quickly, he will die pronto.
He moves right to the next scene which contains mid screen a very large and obvious table loaded with a huge plate containing very appetizing looking food, and also 2 or 3 small insignificant objects including a nondescript withered looking potted plant.
Our hero eats some food, takes the potted plant (turns out he needs only the pot and not the plant!) and all’s well
All (good & experienced) beta-testers perform the above ………… no comment and certainly no report to the Developer(s).
The game is released and 99 people have no problems. But the 100th person, for no logical (but completely permissible) reason goes to the plant BEFORE
the food --->> CCRRAASSHH!
Incidentally, I’ve seen a non-fatal but invidious ‘scoring-bug' in at least two games and another 3 very prestigious ones (after professional in-house testing), e.g. Shivers-1 and Shivers-2.
I have even saved & kept for posterity my final save of the Tex Murphy Under a Killing Moon
that reads :- “Congratulations.
You have finished the game with 1019 points out of a maximum of 1000”.