Skyrim plagued by bugs
Game still wins top prize at Spike Video Game Awards
Skyrim, the fantasy role-playing game by developer Bethesda Game Studios, has won the top prize at the Spike Video Game Awards, despite being plagued by bugs that particularly affect the PlayStation version of the game, according to the BBC.
Skyrim won the Game of the Year title, the award was decided by senior writers at 25 news organisations including Wired and IGN.
Gaming blogs have reacted angrily to the news of the award, with many claiming the game is unfinished and broken.
Reported problems include dragons flying backwards, spells not working as they should, computer crashes.
Users have reported that on the PlayStation 3, the game slows down to the point it is unplayable as players progressed through the title.
According to games review website IGN, a poll of its readers has revealed that about a third of PS3 owners who were playing Skyrim were experiencing issues with lag.
The PS3 lag problem appears to get worse the further users progress in the game.
Bethesda's blog said that while the memory issues would not be fixed in the next software update, it did plan to address the issue.
"We understand how frustrating it can be when your game is having issues, and we thank all of you for your continued feedback and patience. Rest assured we take your gameplay experience seriously and will continue working on this until it's resolved," it said.
A spokesman for Bethesda told the BBC that the firm did not have any information to add beyond what was on the blog at this time.
Skyrim is the fifth instalment in the Elder Scrolls series and has an estimated 300 hours of playtime during which the gamer explores a huge landscape, fights dragons and other beasts and pursues quests.
Bethesda was named studio of the year and won the Best RPG (role-playing game) award as well as the top prize at the ceremony this weekend in California.