Crusader Kings II is a recreation with an extended and proud custom of “bugs that must be hung within the Louvre”, however I feel this new one I’ve discovered about at present is my favorite.
And it is a recreation the place a horse might develop into Empress of Rome, in order that’s one thing.
As Paradox Interactive’s Henrik Hansson explains on this Twitter thread, during which devs have been requested “What are your favourite bugs and bizarre edge instances in video video games???”, he cites the example of a model of Crusader Kings II during which the Greek tradition obtained a bit of too imply.
In CK2, earlier than 2.4, if the Greek tradition grew too giant, the sport would grind to a halt since each AI character of Greek tradition went via each different character within the realm and thought of castrating or blinding them. They repeated this course of daily. Aspirational!
As he says, that specific bug was patched out way back (2015, to be actual), however that is the primary I’m listening to about it, and I find it irresistible. To present some extra background, right here’s Hansson once more, writing concerning the bug when it was first found on Paradox’s boards:
But what actually hits efficiency are giant empires as a result of it will increase the quantities of realms (each ruler technically holds his personal sub-realm) which means extra evaluations per character must be made. For occasion I found late recreation that vast greek/byzantine empires have been slowing down the sport as a result of every greek individual was evaluating towards one another individual within the realm “can I castrate?”, and this took up like an enormous chunk of the efficiency of the AI. I feel 70% of the AI calls for have been about castrating or blinding somebody once I loaded late-game byzantine saves. Luckily that is mounted within the coming 2.4 patch. A enjoyable little anecdote.
Crusader Kings II is a recreation the place the AI should continually be calculating nearly each facet of medieval political and navy life, from the smallest sieges to the most important plots to usurp a ruler. To have 70% of an enormous empire’s AI calls for be solely about weighing up whether or not to blind somebody or lower off their balls may be very, very humorous to me.