No matter how much internal QA a game has undergone, a few bugs are bound to wriggle their way through the cracks. Decades ago, errant glitches were essentially permanent after launch; nowadays, even the most game-breaking bug can be fixed with a quick downloadable patch. So, would you rather feel like a beta tester when you encounter bug after immersion-breaking bug on launch day? Or do you want to reap the rewards of extra polish implemented post-release, and profit off all the hard work of those early adopters?
On its first day in the field, Dead Island was a hot, decomposing mess. Frame rates were plummeting, items in inventories were vanishing, and quests were refusing to recognize completion. Thankfully, through the combined efforts of the developers and the most dedicated fans, most of those game-ruining bugs have been banished to the hellish Glitch Zone, never to return. For some, a few weeks of waiting meant the difference between an atrocious, frustrating experience and a fun one.