After reading all the silly complaints on the Beta forums about the surplus problem I came to think... What if Square-Enix has programmed their game so deeply they cannot remove the system? I can actually see that happening. They did say it has always been there since the beginning. If its soo hard coded into their system I wouldn't trust them to strip it all out in a month of time before the gold release. From a programming background I could see the challenge of removing a whole system from a program. hmmm... maybe I think too much waiting for the Open beta to start up...
1. I doubt they want to take it out. More likely if enough people quit they'll do some adjustments, but if they were going to remove it, they'd have said something already with all the rage going on about it.
2. If they are competent developers at all, it would be easy to take out. If they use good coding practices, all they'd have to do is change a handful of lines. If they don't, it would still just be a simple find & replace.
3. If a person puts something "so deep" in the code that it can't be found and taken out in a day or two of work by one programmer, that person is either a stupendous moron who has no clue how to program and shouldn't be working in the first place, or an amazing coder and is doing it intentionally to sabotage the project. This type of person would probably not waste their time putting in a sh*tty game mechanic, as they could do much worse. Just off the top of my head, sneak code into the compiler that sneaks random errors into the compiled code. Better yet just in case they decide the compiler is the problem and make changes to the compiler, put code into the compiler's compiler that puts code into the compiler that makes it put the bugs into the code.
I don't think this will be a big issue at all unless you have no life.
So you're saying it'll be an issue for a lot of people then? Edited, Aug 29th 2010 1:47pm by khorbin
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