If video game fans have any designs on getting their hobby into a museum, with the argument that video games are art, they would be wise to check the Internet connection in the exhibition hall.
This week sees the highly anticipated Fallout: New Vegas unload on Xbox 360s, PlayStation 3s, and PCs worldwide. As in other Fallout video games, players land in a massive, post-nuclear American town with endless quests, hundreds of characters to talk to, and moral choices that define the path. In an era of go-anywhere, do-anything video games, the Fallout series has proven the smartest of the genre.
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Trouble is, New Vegas is a bit off in the head. The reviews are in, and most agree that the game is loaded with glitches and crashes. A popular fan video shows a head-spinning bug in the opening scene, prompting a reddit.com user to call it "Fear and Loathing in New Vegas."
Yesterday, its makers announced "patches/updates" to fix the glitches that will be downloadable "as quickly as possible."
Last month, world-domination sim Civilization V launched on PCs with a similar wave of hype, targeting the series' loyal, nerdy following. But fans balked, as did renowned game critic Tom Chick, over the game's obvious bugs and not-so-obvious "intelligence" issues. Computer armies make stupidly mad dashes to their bitter end. In-game attempts at diplomacy, a series cornerstone, tend to end with caveman-like rebuttals.