Send News. Want a reply? Read this. More in the FAQ.   News Forum - All Forums - Mobile - PDA - RSS Headlines  RSS Headlines   Twitter  Twitter
User Settings
LAN Parties
Upcoming one-time events:
Germany 08/31
Chicago, IL USA, IL 10/19

Regularly scheduled events

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.

19. Re: Op Ed Aug 3, 2012, 16:29 eunichron
I think Kotaku is confusing "disdain" and "aversion" with game developers doing their jobs. Developers make the games they want to make, yeah there are some exceptions when publishers begin to force themselves into the process, but in the end game design is not up to the gamers. As I read through the beta forums for a few upcoming, highly anticipated, games I realize that the communities have some truly awful ideas. It's not the developers job to make the games the communities wants, their job is to make the game that the designers want within the means that they are able. If the community does not like that, they can make their own studio and make the game they want. If the designers decide that they want community input and involvement in the design and development of the game, well that's entirely up to them.

That doesn't mean we should just eat up everything that is shoved in our faces. There is valid criticism, and there is being a whiny bitch. Take Diablo 3 as a prime example. Blizzard made the game that they wanted to make. If the community doesn't like it, that's not Blizzard's problem. If there are serious problems with the design they need to be examined and conveyed in a respectable manner, but the current trend in Diablo 3 forums is, "Wahh, RMAH, wahh, always online, wahh Blizzard didn't make the game I wanted." If you look at the posts that are well thought out and convey a serious problem in the design, Blizzard has usually responded appropriately, and if recent news is an indicator they are taking those critiques it into consideration. Any changes may not come about any time soon (if past Blizzard games are an indicator it will take an expansion to "fix" the game), but Blizzard does not have an obligation to inform us of the daily design decision they are making.

This may not apply equally to certain developers who just churn out the same garbage year after year (*cough*InfinityWard*cough*), but games are a product of the developers and designer first, a money grab for publishers second, and entertainment for the gamers third. Kotaku seems to have missed that point entirely.
Avatar 13977
Previous Post Next Post Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
    Date Subject Author
  1. Aug 3, 11:50 Re: Op Ed MajorD
  2. Aug 3, 12:06  Re: Op Ed Graham
  4. Aug 3, 12:31   Re: Op Ed Prez
  7. Aug 3, 12:59    Re: Op Ed Bhruic
  30. Aug 4, 16:38   Re: Op Ed yonder
  3. Aug 3, 12:27 Re: Op Ed Silicon Avatar
  5. Aug 3, 12:38 Re: Op Ed NegaDeath
  21. Aug 3, 17:17  Re: Op Ed Wowbagger_TIP
  23. Aug 3, 18:03   Re: Op Ed Ray Ban
  6. Aug 3, 12:50 Re: Op Ed Creston
  13. Aug 3, 13:58  Re: Op Ed Graham
  14. Aug 3, 15:23   Re: Op Ed Agent.X7
  15. Aug 3, 15:41    Re: Op Ed avianflu
  8. Aug 3, 13:05 Re: Op Ed Bhruic
  9. Aug 3, 13:25  Re: Op Ed space captain
  10. Aug 3, 13:32   Re: Op Ed Fion
  11. Aug 3, 13:39    Re: Op Ed NKD
  12. Aug 3, 13:50     Re: Op Ed Beamer
  16. Aug 3, 16:14 Re: Op Ed Tumbler
  17. Aug 3, 16:25  Re: Op Ed Beamer
  18. Aug 3, 16:28   Re: Op Ed Beamer
  22. Aug 3, 17:59   Re: Op Ed Tumbler
  26. Aug 3, 19:28    Re: Op Ed Beamer
  20. Aug 3, 16:53  Re: Op Ed NKD
  25. Aug 3, 19:05   Re: Op Ed Agent.X7
  27. Aug 3, 21:08    Re: Op Ed NKD
  29. Aug 4, 12:42     Re: Op Ed Agent.X7
  24. Aug 3, 18:05  Re: Op Ed Flatline
  31. Aug 4, 16:43   Re: Op Ed yonder
  32. Aug 4, 17:10    Re: Op Ed Tumbler
  33. Aug 5, 07:47     Re: Op Ed Prez
>> 19. Aug 3, 16:29 Re: Op Ed eunichron
  28. Aug 4, 02:17  Re: Op Ed Jerykk


Blue's News logo