His comments are inaccurate and insulting to computer and video game consumers with his reaction describing Gamers’ Voice as little more than‘cry babies’. This presents the gaming industry as both arrogant and uncaring to the audience it serves.
He hasn’t even bothered to do any research into who we are, or what we do. This is clearly evident in the final piece of the Inc Gamers piece in which Pachter refers to Tom Watson MP.
“In my view, this is a blatant stunt by a politician to grab attention. He should probably pay more attention to keeping gaming jobs in the UK than to pissing off a large company that can create or eliminate UK jobs.”
Tom Watson did found Gamers’ Voice but what Pachter is obviously unaware of is that he did so in response to another political stunt by another MP called Keith Vaz. Since founding Gamers’ Voice Tom Watson has not been involved in the day to day running of our group since he is far too busy doing his actual job of being a politician and representing the people who elected him.
We are an independent group of gamers from all walks of life who decide our own policy. We are not influenced by politicians; we represent gamers who have a variety of concerns. We are reacting to Activision because we’ve had many, many emails about the game crippling issues from British (and international) gamers who are unhappy with the buggy product and poor service Activision have provided to PC and PS3 gamers.
He also talks about how people should take the game back to retailers if they are not happy with it. This is not acceptable as the game as the game should not have been released with such problems, hence our campaign. In the era of game patches, why can’t Activision rectify the fatal bugs in the game now? On a related note, he talks about seasoned video game fans expect there to be errors in games and that they are patched out in a reasonable amount of time, failing to highlight that the‘bugs’ in Call of Duty: Black Ops are actually show-stopping ones which have been present since launch last year. Fundamental elements of the game do not function at all and it is this reason we have reported Activision to the Office of Fair Trading.
His comments that it is the specialist press’ job to highlight errors in code to developers is also laughable, would it be the job of a book critic to look for typographical errors? It is the job of the developer’s quality assurance (QA) department to discover bugs and remove them before the game is published at all, not the media that reports on it!
All we can say is that this response from someone who is deeply ensconced in the corporate side of the video game industry only adds fuel to our fire, to the point where we will continue to pursue this issue until it is brought to a satisfactory conclusion.
Notes to Editor
- <*> Gamers' Voice is an independent pressure group representing video and computer gamers in the UK which seeks to act as a conduit to make our voice heard in the government and mainstream media *> <*> In November 2009, Tom Watson MP founded Gamers' Voice on Facebook in order to bring together gamers from across the UK in response to negative articles on gamers in the UK media; Gamers’ Voice has over 16,000 members. *>
Support Gamers' Voice buy purchasing one of our limited edition Tees from Insert Coin