Hopefully my question will be suitable for this site.
So, there is this online game I am an active player for a few years (I still play as an adult); I love the game but it has been getting worse and worse with time. There are a few glitches that for some reason they haven't fixed for more than two years. I am a computer programmer with knowledge in that field, and sometimes I imagine how I would love to work for them so I could fix those things.
I am aware that this is real life, and there must be a reason the company didn't fix those glitches (maybe they are short in money? maybe they are prioritizing other areas? sadly they aren't transparent to the users on what they're doing - we [players] don't know if they plan on fixing those glitches anytime soon).
Most of the time I think that this idea of working for them is just a joke and won't really happen, that I should stick with real life and forget about this. But then I decided to ask here, maybe I can get some advice.
The thing is I do believe those glitches can't be that hard to fix; I believe I am capable of doing it.
Sadly there are a lot more struggles as well:
- The company owns many online games, not just this one.
- My programming knowledge is self-taught, I don't have any certificates.
- I live in another country (this is the worst one), hundreds of miles away of their physical address.
I was wondering if I have any chances of doing anything to help (the most part of me says that it's obviously impossible, but I decided it shouldn't hurt to ask). I would like to temporarily work for them, to fix those specific glitches and then leave; shouldn't take more than two months (I think). I would love that so much, that I wouldn't be asking any payment. I would like to volunteer to do that.
How to approach the company being serious? Should I wait until I travel to their country before contacting them? Should I forget about this and do not contact them at all? Is it too much to consider the possibility of working at home, from my country? Does volunteering to such a thing seem too weird and will make them avoid me? How to show them I am being serious?
Extra notes: this is a massive multiplayer game, and fixing those glitches would be good not only to me but to all players. I, and many other players, believe that fixing those glitches could drastically improve the interest in the game and attract more players. Although most people consider it a "kids game", there are many adult players that would love to see an improvement just like me - though the vast majority of them doesn't have any computer programming knowledge.
Thanks for any help, hopefully my question isn't too broad and is suited to Workplace.SE.