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Op Ed

Kotaku - Gaming's Biggest Problem Is That Nobody Wants To Talk.
The biggest problem in gaming today is that the gaming industry thinks we're all out to get them. They think gamers are the enemy, a group that needs to be treated with disdain and avoided whenever possible. They think the only way to fool us into buying their products is to cover everything in a shroud of secrecy, only drip-feeding us pretty trailers and juicy soundbites during carefully-tailored marketing campaigns. They think we should just sit there and lap it up.

11. Re: Op Ed Aug 3, 2012, 13:39 NKD
We used to get a lot of developer interaction in the mid to late 90s. But once game companies began to operate a lot like regular companies, the relationship became more adversarial and hidden behind layers of PR. The gamers who ran these companies before just weren't qualified to run the businesses they grew, so they hired business people who had no love for the hobby, and thats where things went downhill.

But to be fair to the companies, it can be difficult when you have a really large fan base determined to twist anything you say. It eventually becomes simply less trouble to just shut up and say nothing. Some fanbases do it to themselves.

EDIT: And the other thing that bugs the shit out of me. People who want developers to talk to them and be more like regular human beings, but then crucify them for even voicing an opinion on something, or doing anything they deem "unprofessional." IMHO you can't really expect a developer to have a more open and less formal conversation with you on a subject and still expect everything they say to be couched in sugar-coated PR bullshit so that you can swallow it more easily. I see this on the WoW forums a lot. People get snarky and borderline childish, and then Ghostcrawler or Bashiok or someone slings a little snark back, and they just lose it. "What! You're supposed to just sit there and take my abuse, not call me on my bullshit and make me look like an idiot in front of all my Internet buddies! Ima get you fired!"

This comment was edited on Aug 3, 2012, 13:50.
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