Debate Heats Up On Liability For Buggy Software: Will Buggy Games Be Illegal?
from the back-to-tetris,-I-guess dept
It appears that some of this debate is moving on to video games as well. JohnForDummies alerts us to a story discussing how complex video games are almost always quite buggy (found via Slashdot) and questioning if proposed liability laws in Europe might have an impact on the gaming community.
This isn't a simple issue, of course. If a company is selling a product, buyers have every right to expect the product to work as advertised. But that doesn't mean that adding direct liability really makes sense. If a company constantly produces extremely buggy software, it should have incentives to fix those bugs directly -- not from the government -- such as the fact that people will be less interested in ever buying their products again in the future. It seems like laws for buggy software would be extreme overkill.