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27th May '16 1:35:10 AM SammyDragon92
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* Microsoft is often accused of this with varying levels of truth. With its monopoly weakened by users outright refusing to adopt Windows Vista when XP still works just fine (repeated with Windows 7 users refusing to upgrade to 8), and the increasing popularity and variety of alternatives, the company might be starting to clean up its act. They have been through more than one DorkAge before, though. (see: Windows ME)

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* Microsoft is often accused of this with varying levels of truth. With its monopoly weakened by users outright refusing to adopt Windows Vista when XP still works just fine (repeated with Windows 7 users refusing to upgrade to 8), 8 and 10), and the increasing popularity and variety of alternatives, the company might be starting to clean up its act. They have been through more than one DorkAge before, though. (see: Windows ME)
16th May '16 12:30:30 PM nombretomado
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* Pretty much all of Tony Stark's ''IronMan'' suits seem to be constantly modified, repaired, rebuilt and replaced, which is handy for writers who [[DependingOnTheWriter have trouble keeping his powers straight]].
** Also true in [[MarvelCinematicUniverse the movies]]. He went through three versions in ''Film/IronMan'', three more in ''2'', by the end of ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' he was on number seven and in ''Film/IronMan3'', he was up to number forty-two!

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* Pretty much all of Tony Stark's ''IronMan'' ''Film/IronMan'' suits seem to be constantly modified, repaired, rebuilt and replaced, which is handy for writers who [[DependingOnTheWriter have trouble keeping his powers straight]].
** Also true in [[MarvelCinematicUniverse [[Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse the movies]]. He went through three versions in ''Film/IronMan'', three more in ''2'', by the end of ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' he was on number seven and in ''Film/IronMan3'', he was up to number forty-two!
13th May '16 2:15:26 PM Tromboneman
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* Website/ArchiveOfOurOwn, a {{Fanfic}} site which launched in 2008, is still in beta as of 2013. Creating an account requires an invitation by an existing member or adding your email address to the invite queue (which could range anywhere from a couple of hours to a few weeks depending on how busy the site is).

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* Website/ArchiveOfOurOwn, a {{Fanfic}} site which launched in 2008, is still in beta as of 2013.2016. Creating an account requires an invitation by an existing member or adding your email address to the invite queue (which could range anywhere from a couple of hours to a few weeks depending on how busy the site is).
24th Apr '16 9:42:33 PM dmeagher13
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** This was a case of ScrewedByTheLawyers - Bethesda basically forced them to make the game in 14 months with virtually zero time to get any beta testing in. Then when [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]] was about to debut, Bethesda again demanded they cease all official patches as to not [[OvershadowedByAwesome overshadow Skyrim.]] Lead Content Designer JE Sawyer went the extra mile and has over the few years kept an additional Unofficial Patch mod with features intended for New Vegas (again, screwed by the time limit) added in and increased difficulty. Combined with the most up to date patch and the latest JSawyer mod, New Vegas has nearly '''''four years''''' of patches from Obsidian.

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** This was a case of ScrewedByTheLawyers ScrewedByTheNetwork - Bethesda basically forced them to make the game in 14 months with virtually zero time to get any beta testing in. Then when [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]] was about to debut, Bethesda again demanded they cease all official patches as to not [[OvershadowedByAwesome overshadow Skyrim.]] Lead Content Designer JE Sawyer went the extra mile and has over the few years kept an additional Unofficial Patch mod with features intended for New Vegas (again, screwed by the time limit) added in and increased difficulty. Combined with the most up to date patch and the latest JSawyer mod, New Vegas has nearly '''''four years''''' of patches from Obsidian.
14th Mar '16 4:30:13 PM eroock
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14th Mar '16 4:29:59 PM eroock
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-> "It's not a proper patch unless it breaks something."

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-> "It's ->''"It's not a proper patch unless it breaks something.""''
24th Feb '16 9:45:31 AM nombretomado
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** Also true in [[MarvelCinematicUniverse the movies]]. He went through three versions in ''Film/IronMan'', three more in ''2'', by the end of ''Film/TheAvengers'' he was on number seven and in ''Film/IronMan3'', he was up to number forty-two!

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** Also true in [[MarvelCinematicUniverse the movies]]. He went through three versions in ''Film/IronMan'', three more in ''2'', by the end of ''Film/TheAvengers'' ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' he was on number seven and in ''Film/IronMan3'', he was up to number forty-two!
18th Feb '16 1:54:20 AM El_Nazgir
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*{{VideoGame/Warframe}} entered open beta early 2013... And hasn't officially released yet, despite at least tripling in amount of content, and having had various large story events which are LostForever to new players. It continues to have large updates every few months, and there do not seem to be any plans to either stop developing new content, stop revamping existing systems or to actually officially release. It's gone so far that Wikipedia simply lists the open beta release day as it's actual release day.
16th Dec '15 1:05:30 PM MegaMarioMan
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* ''Website/PlaystationHome'' was been in open beta for just about it's entire lifetime. Webcomic/PennyArcade once spent a podcast talking about how the program will never, ever leave beta so that it will be impossible to criticize; "I mean, come on guys, it's just a beta."

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* ''Website/PlaystationHome'' ''VideoGame/PlaystationHome'' was been in open beta for just about it's entire lifetime. Webcomic/PennyArcade once spent a podcast talking about how the program will never, ever leave beta so that it will be impossible to criticize; "I mean, come on guys, it's just a beta."
12th Dec '15 1:56:54 AM ZombieAladdin
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* This is a recurring issue with Creator/{{Stern}}'s {{pinball}} machines. ''Pinball/BatmanStern'', for instance, had few modes, instead opting for simply giving the player points. This included the WizardMode, which was intended to be the climactic duel against the Joker but instead gave the player 100 million points, then reset everything back to the beginning. ''Pinball/{{Metallica}}'', ''Pinball/{{Mustang}}'', and ''Pinball/TheWalkingDead'' were all released with lights indicating modes and statuses that never activated during gameplay. ''Pinball/StarTrekStern'', once the player completes Kobayashi Maru Multiball, became UnwinnableByDesign as the programming never got further than that. In all of these cases, Stern DID release patches that made the games feel more complete. On the other hand, ''Pinball/{{ACDC}}'''s normal edition never made use of any of the lights on Angus Young's face despite the face being huge and in the middle of the playfield.

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This is a recurring issue with Creator/{{Stern}}'s {{pinball}} machines. ''Pinball/BatmanStern'', for instance, had few modes, instead opting for simply giving the player points. This included the WizardMode, which was intended to be the climactic duel against the Joker but instead gave the player 100 million points, then reset everything back to the beginning. ''Pinball/{{Metallica}}'', ''Pinball/{{Mustang}}'', and ''Pinball/TheWalkingDead'' were all released with lights indicating modes and statuses that never activated during gameplay. ''Pinball/StarTrekStern'', once the player completes Kobayashi Maru Multiball, became UnwinnableByDesign as the programming never got further than that. In all of these cases, Stern DID release patches that made the games feel more complete. On the other hand, ''Pinball/{{ACDC}}'''s normal edition never made use of any of the lights on Angus Young's face despite the face being huge and in the middle of the playfield. The issues regarding incomplete rules gave rise to the [=#WheresTheCode=] protest, which Stern took to heart, and ''Pinball/GameOfThrones'' released with complete code, albeit in need of [[CompetitiveBalance balance-patching]]. That being said, ''WWE Wrestlemania'' will likely forever remain incomplete due to low sales and a critical thrashing from pinball fans and wrestling fans alike (even more so than usual).
** Before Stern, however, were the Creator/{{Midway}} machines from TheNineties. Particular victims were ''Pinball/TheChampionPub'', ''Pinball/CactusCanyon'', and ''Pinball/StarWarsEpisodeI'', as Midway canceled pinball development shortly after their releases and laid off the pinball teams before the programmers could finish putting in the rules.
** Any machine with creative input from Lyman Sheats, Jr. may receive code updates at any time. The ''CSI'' pinball machine, made in 2008, went un-updated and forgotten until Sheats generated a seemingly out-of-nowhere code update in 2015. Even more so is ''Pinball/StarWarsTrilogy'', which was released in 1997 by Creator/{{SEGA}} (despite Sheats currently working at Stern), which Sheats gave a code update for right after ''CSI'', 18 years after ''Star Wars Trilogy'' was released (and before game patches were common).
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