Welcome to this brand-spankin'-new TechnoBuffalo feature we're going to try and run once every week. We've got ourselves an outstanding, talkative community and we're looking to harness that and spur it along with a weekly debate topic.
So, every Friday, I'll toss up a debatable challenge, you folks will vote and discuss. I'll also be posting the results of the previous week's poll with a little editorialization.
It's time we talked about the Xbox 360 dashboard update that rolled out earlier this week. We're interested in hearing your thoughts concerning its pros and cons, so, take time to answer the poll and leave a comment in order to expand upon your opinions.
Specifically, we'd love to hear what you love and hate about it. Is there anything you've found you can't live without? Is there anything that you hate Microsoft for adding or taking away?
Before that, though, we have last week's poll.
The results, frankly, are fantastic.
The fact that this poll was such a dead split speaks volumes about the cultural controversy glitches and exploits bring up. Whether you voted yes or no, I can almost guarantee that you've experienced a moment of frustration connected to an opponent actually cheating you out of a win by way of glitch or exploit.
Heck, I'd suggest that every single one of us has probably gotten verbally frustrated with some jerk on Steam, the PSN or Xbox LIVE that just had to get out of the map and use some sort of stupid unlimited ammo bug to rack up kills and land a win. It happens constantly in gaming, and it sucks.
I suppose that's where I stand on the whole thing; I absolutely think glitching and exploiting games in order to win in multiplayer environments is bogus. I recognize the argument that some exploits make games better (like the too-advanced-for-me tactics born out of the Smash Bros. community), but those exploits are normally culturally acceptible.
Consider something for me… if you head to a gaming tournament and an exploit is deemed usable in advance, you probably wouldn't get frustrated if you get stomped by someone doing it. You knew, as a player, that you would encounter the "feature" in play.
Now, if you play a game online in your home with complete strangers, it's assumed that everyone will be playing by the same rules. A fairness is established when gamers passively agree to play games the way they were meant to be played; and great developers tend to respect that fairness and perform sweeping bans on people they catch in the act of glitching. Violate that fairness and, in my book, you're pretty lame.
In solo play? With friends in private matches? Go nuts. Have fun. Play on your own terms, whatever they may be. However, from where I stand, glitching and exploits have no place in public matches.
Alright, onto this week's poll. I left you folks a blank space to give me more specific opinions. I'll be looking at the responses and will possibly cite and quote some of the more interesting bits.