I wonder how they discovered this... did they left an aircraft engine on for 248 days?
I think that's what is called "Boundary testing" in Quality Assurance. That is, forcing a variable to carry maximum or minimum value and see what happens.
Normally critical software must be tested including a wide range of test types (which are not limited to boundary testing) before being validated for "industrial" use.
If I go back to my topic about Cipher Pusher development progress, there's something I figured out recently I'd like to share with you:
- Most Saturdays I post some progress (screenshots / GIFs / ...) about features being implemented.
- I post here on Allegro.cc , and on the game's Facebook page, Twitter, and sometimes on some selected Facebook groups (not ALL gamedev groups. It is important not to be considered as spam)
- On Facebook I usually get 1 or 2 likes (sometimes a comment). On Twitter this varies between 2 and 4 RT (mostly by bots), and between 4 and 10 likes.
- Last week on this group I posted about this hypothetical case of boundary testing when the game runs 414 days in a row. And I got a lot more comments/reactions/advices... This is interesting because the game itself (gameplay, visuals, ...) doesn't really earn attention, but the possibility of having a "hidden" glitch or bug (which doesn't even cause a crash) make people comment a lot more. (Frankly most software and games development teams don't (can't?) do boundary testing as this is very time-consuming and it won't prevent other critical bugs or crashs to occur. (Moreover I believe funny graphical glitches must be kept in any game, if they don't disturb the gameplay, and if they fit to the game ambiance; and that's my case))
- Because it's about general core development, and not about game feature, probably 99% of these people won't play the game when it will be released. So there's nothing to do with building an audience.
What do you think?
 Oct 29
What do you think?
Well the question stays open.
Anyway here's the pic of the week.
A pumpkin head because of Halloween quota