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Blizzard Tracking 180,000 Bugs in WoW

How many bugs does it take to fill an MMORPG? 180,000 of them apparently, or at least that's how many Blizzard is tracking in World of Warcraft. Currently there are 180,000 bugs listed in Blizzard's database, including those that have already been fixed, those that still need addressing, and bugs that Blizzard is currently stomping.

According to Wow.com, the startling revelation came yesterday at the Austin Game Developers Conference, spouting from Executive Vice President Frank Pearce and Production Director J. Allen Brack. Their presentation focused on what takes place behind the scenes of a MMORPG and how everyone gets their job done. The news surprised the conference attendees in respect to the actual number as well as Blizzard's honest admission.

PC games by nature, bring problems to the table due to random consumer hardware configurations, however games such as World of Warcraft and Age of Conan are consistently larger than the average title. Throw in the fact that the server side code remains active twenty-four hours a day, and additional external elements creating havoc in gameplay, developers stay rather busy patching security holes and improving code.

Unfortunately, the company didn't reveal its long list of bugs. Then again, perhaps we're better off not knowing, but to instead just enjoy the virtual world and let the subscription fee take care of the worries.

  • gekko668
    Hmm... I wonder how many bugs are on Windows and Mac?
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  • djcoolmasterx
    There are 12 million bugs in WoW,



    its the players.
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  • skit75
    "Then again, perhaps we're better off not knowing, but to instead just enjoy the virtual world and let the subscription fee take care of the worries."
    Because this approach always works. The Dev who wants to delay a year to curb half these bugs finds himself browsing Monster the next morning.
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  • HibyPrime
    This includes bugs that have already been fixed, that said, that number isn't all that surprising.
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  • JTWrenn
    You guys really need to tone down your headlines. It should have read "warcraft has had 180k bugs over its lifetime".

    Or you could tell us how many they are currently working on. Stating 180k are currently being tracked, when you then admit that they are only tracking a portion of that, but have notes on others they already fixed is silly.

    No need for the scary headlines.
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  • lancelot123
    They are tracking ALL 180K bugs. They never said they were only tracking a portion of it. They are still tracking the bugs they have fixed. Obviously to make sure they stay that way.
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  • mavroxur
    so......180k bugs since the day it released....years ago? What's impressive about that? It's a huge game that's been evolving for years with constant updates to content and gameplay. That's like a news headline reading "Humans have invented millions of things". No shit, we've been around for *%#*ing ages.
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  • dap007
    djcoolmasterxThere are 12 million bugs in WoW, its the players.
    :D
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  • nforce4max
    180k bugs hmmm I wonder how many must be in gta iv in all versions.
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  • zendax
    mavroxurso......180k bugs since the day it released....years ago? What's impressive about that? It's a huge game that's been evolving for years with constant updates to content and gameplay. That's like a news headline reading "Humans have invented millions of things". No shit, we've been around for *%#*ing ages.
    If the story was "WoW has had a lot of bugs," it would be obvious and pointless to anyone with any experience with the game (or any MMO). The fact that an actual hard number was revealed is interesting, just as it would be extremely interesting to get a hard number for how many things the human race has invented, though that would obviously be impossible to track accurately.

    If you asked people to guess how many bugs WoW has had, you would get numbers likely ranging from a few hundred (those with no sense of scale) to a few million (those who think a slightly misplaced hair on a wooly mammoth would be tracked as a bug). The scale isn't a revelation, but the hard number is interesting to see.
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