Games release with bugs in them. It’s been a fact of life since the beginning of game development. The advent of the Internet gave developers the ability to continue to support games, however, by releasing patches to fix bugs. When you change a piece of software, documenting it is part of the process. In something like business software, you might get patch notes like “fixed error when user uses non-standard character set.”
Video game patch notes get weird fast when their context is gone.
Twitter account @TheStrangeLog highlights some of the changes games have seen that might make sense when taken in the context of the game, but when removed from that context become something else entirely. Some become riddles, others a Zen koan. You might learn something about yourself, or about the future.
Here are some highlights:
Now we know why the economy is so messed up:
Adjusted value of bees
— The Strange Log (@TheStrangeLog) April 1, 2015
Rocks have no mouth, but they must scream:
Inanimate objects no longer write journal entries when they die
— The Strange Log (@TheStrangeLog) March 24, 2015
The end is nigh:
Crouching in front of robots will no longer save you from their fire
— The Strange Log (@TheStrangeLog) April 14, 2015
Studies correlate the findings:
Losing player(s) are now more likely to become the sheriff in drunk town
— The Strange Log (@TheStrangeLog) March 21, 2015
Right now, TheStrangeLog has 884 different notes from various games, and they’re all incredible.