I ask because quite a few people on the fourms/critics in general, hit hard or not hard enough on games and the glitches/bugs in them. However, should they really? Should a game's score/assessment be affected by the glitches/bugs that the personexperienced in the game as glitches and bugs can vary greatly from playthrough to playthrough?
For me, I don't think the score of a game should really be affected by the glitches/bugs in that game; glitches and bugs are just to random and vary to much from one playthrough to another. For instances: Glitches and bugs are practically a staple of Bethesda games; there's an immediate correlation between Bethesda games and bugs/glitches. Truth be told, I don't get it. I've played four hundreds of hours in both Morrowind and Oblivion and saw about three or four game glitches and none of which were at all detrimental to the game in anyway shape or form except for just being very silly and cosmetic. I have, however,experienced several weird saved game problems in Morrowind but I think that's just due to the overabundance of saves I have in that game. Otherwise, these games have really just been glitch free for me; I've seen the glitches online but never experienced them for myself.
Even if these glitches do exist for others it doesn't seem right for me to take down points or my overall enjoyment of these games simply because others have been having issues. That's like saying I order pizza and when I get it my next door neighbor also gets pizza but he haspepperonis on his pizza and I hatepepperonis so I instantly hate my pizza...except it doesn't have pepperonis; his does! Even in the overall assessment of the game I don't think it should really affect one's outlook on a game, sure a game may have been coated top to bottom in bugs and glitches but if you still had fun who gives a $#!+? The gameplay was great and whatnot along with everything else so who cares if the game bugged frequently? Also, don't limit this to just Bethesda's games; New Vegas was crap on consoles but people still put the game higher than Fallout 3 even though the glitches from what I heard were worse than that of say Skyrim (Xbox and PC not PS3, PS3 was a little bit...buggier).
So what do you think? For critics and gamers alike, should bugs and glitches count towards a game's score/assessment or should they not?