I'm not gonna pretend that I don't understand peoples frustration when it comes to paying money for a product and it not working however I do feel a lot of dismay that people are so negative about games within the first couple of weeks when they've bought it knowing full well that games these days are rarely released in a 'fully operational' standard. The complexity of games coupled with the ridiculous time lines developers are given to release games mean that games are rushed out of the door and without a complete set of testing, given the amount of variables out there it's a wonder how so many games even get past the bug fixing stage. It's all very well to say that servers should be able to to take the load and should be strain tested but until a game is launched it's surely quite hard to predict just how much 3 million people playing around the clock is going to affect servers. People are buying and discarding games, developers and producers, sometimes even prior to a full retail release! I find it incredible that games are rarely given a 'bedding in' period before we see a deluge of forum messages denouncing a studios ability to create a game without deliberately do things against us, the consumer. If we, as a community, wisened up and stopped buying games on release and waited for the first couple of weeks to pass and patches to come out we'd have a much more enjoyable experience but we're all desperate to get that foothold above our competitors so we crave the first-day release of new games. Not only that but publishers would be much less inclined to push so hard for target dates to be met and much more inclined to push finished projects. One area of gaming which isn't quite as 'crippled' upon release is the arcade games which are probably more reminiscent of traditional game developers, smaller teams, smaller scale games where testing and variables are more easily dealt with - it's not often there is a huge outcry against the arcade games, although whether this is because there are less users hence less problems encountered or the testing on these games has been better I'm not sure. I guess after a wee ramble I'm just trying to ask folks to chill out for a wee while before having a go, to stop comparing the release of new games to the future release of other games (as if they are going to be any better). This isn't the standard I want for gaming but I have to accept that it is part and parcel of gaming in this day and age, if I don't want to buy into the problems then I shouldn't buy into the release day hype and should wait until things have settled down.