Quick post: In today’s SWTOR patch, a bug has been fixed in which one of the social emotes messed with combat.
Yes, it’s bad and needed to be fixed quickly, which is happening. But what intrigues me is how many news sites (like Massively, RPS etc) posted up about this bug as part of their news cycle yesterday. As a player, I would usually assume the polite thing to do is quietly inform the devs about any bugs, and not tell absolutely everyone else on the planet first so that they can mess with the game too. I’m not sure how that exactly would apply to news sites, but it felt odd to me reading stories that seem designed to encourage players to use exploits in a recently released game.
Do you feel it’s legitimate news, or are there ethical issues around publicising bugs in multi-player games?