David Jaffe Personally Addresses Twisted Metal Issues

By Sto Austin

February 19, 2012

David Jaffe, apparently tired of machine gunning ice cream trucks for the time being, uploaded a video in which he takes a few minutes to discuss some problems Twisted Metal players have been having with the online multiplayer portions of the game. This is an interesting move, as most developers are content to issue statements solely through press releases and the like, but Jaffe is nothing if not a character.

Jaffe is candid throughout the video; he discusses some behind the scenes aspects of online gaming  such as how delays in experience points are related to server issues, and admits that “It’s terrible, you guys… People have written me [like] ‘I’m taking my game back,’ and I’m like ‘dude, I don’t f—in’ blame you…’ [But] people spent their money on it, and we owe it to them to fix it.”

Jaffe lays out the team’s priorities when it comes to debugging the game — major network problems and system crashing bugs come first, then fine tuning the gameplay.  He allows that “there’s a lot of stuff we’re gonna be looking into,” but the fact that he personally owns up to the game’s shortcomings and maintains his faith in the heart of the project displays a good measure of integrity.

Whether Jaffe and Sony will manage to turn things around for the struggling game remains to be seen, but it looks as though they’re facing the problem with the right attitude.

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Sto Austin

Sto Austin is the man. Period. When not saving the world from the next generation of Metal Gears or throwing hadoukens at his detractors, chances are he's writing about someone else doing something similarly epic, possibly whilst smoking a cigar. He enjoys games with a strong emphasis on story, which typically fall into the RPG, Action/Adventure, or Horror genres, though he also has a soft spot for fighting games and has been known, when feeling saucy, to shred on some Guitar Hero or Rock Band. He currently divides his time between Florida and Maine, tromping up and down the East coast according to the whims of fate and fortune.

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