Battlefield 3 executive producer Patrick Bach is so ashamed of his work on Battlefield: Bad Company 2 that he refuses to even the boot the game up.
Speaking in an interview with The Wall Street Journal about the QA process, Bach explained that he can only ever see the faults in the games he works on.
"I don't know why, but I always feel ashamed about the games I'm involved in making," he said.
"I can't even bring myself to start up Battlefield: Bad Company 2, our last game, because I feel so ashamed. I know it is a great product but still I only see the things we could have done better."
It seems that same exacting attitude is carrying over to Battlefield 3. Bach added that although work on the finished game is almost coplete, he still only sees areas for improvement.
"Right now we are weeks from being done. The only thing you see when you are so close to finishing is more opportunity.
"When you have been building a game for such a long time you get bored with the things that you liked so much before, that you feel like changing them just for the sake of it. You agreed with everyone that the line this guy said, the sound of that gun, was perfect but suddenly you want to change it, just because you're bored with it since you've seen it too many times. But just because you're bored with it, it doesn't mean it's bad."
He's wrong about Bad Company 2 of course - it was rather brilliant, as Eurogamer's 9/10 review bears witness.
Battlefield 3 isn't looking too shabby either. The game entered open beta this week and is due for launch on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on 28th October.