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Champions Online - Meet Alan Salmassian

Posted Thu, Jun 26, 2008 by Morvelaira

He breaks the game so you don't have to!

Meet Alan Salmassian, lead tester and quality assurance guy for Champions Online. Alan's job is to break the game, find the bugs, and make sure they get fixed before they ever get to you. If you never see a bug in Champions Online, it will be Alan's fault.

Q: What's the weirdest bug you've found?
A: Most bugs are just simply annoying to one degree or another, but every now and then something spectacularly unexpected happens. Case in point: There's one power we have that sends a ball of energy out to damage your opponents. You don't need to target them, because the ball will travel to the nearest foe. However, there was an issue with the artificial intelligence where the bad guys would start to run away from the ball, and it would follow them! It made it really easy to clear a room. But that's not the weird part. The strange thing is that the AI started affecting placed objects, such as signs, barrels and computers, so that when you activated the power, not only would all of the enemies run away, but so would many of the inanimate objects! I asked if we could get the Benny Hill theme, "Yakkity Sax," to play while it happened, but I think they're just going to fix it instead.

To see the full interview, please visit Champions Online.


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