Players are the core of any game. Mmorpgs feed off the players, if they didn't they wouldn't get anywhere. Developers try to feed the gamers with what they want to see in the game. Can we mis-lead them? I think it's very possible for us the players to confuse the developers, and other players. I have learned that specifics is how we love the game. We can't just say... "Oh my god, the gameplay is so good". What about it? Is it just another hack-n-slasher? Is there skill input? You have to be detailed when your giving an opinion. Can't really leave people hanging wanting more info, when that is all you give them. It's the same principle when it comes to telling developers what you want. You can't just say... "Oh, i want this skill fixed, and this added, etc". Doesn't work like that. In my head, if i was a developer and asked that, i wouldn't know what to do. No details we're added why the skill needed to be fixed, and why that needed to be added. I'm just using that as example, that doesn't always happen. Details are key to an mmorpg. When i tell friends about the mmorpgs i am currently playing. I give the pros and cons. Detailed versions of them. It's really hard for me to say... "Omg, this game.. Like... Totally has the best gameplay ever, and omg the classes are like epic" For one, i don't even make sense. Haha. Secondly, i don't tell him/her why the game play is so good, or why the classes are "Epic". Your leaving them hanging. I always try my best to give an honest review of the game, verbally and written. Usually saying something like this... "Yeah, the game play is okay, you have some grind, but i think the combat system makes up for that. It's unique, and it's not your average point-n-click game". Honesty will get you far in this. Bending the truth doesn't cut it either. I hate when people "bend" the truth. It's the exact same thing as lying, just in a different term.
Advertising is a pet peeve of mine. It's misleading. I recently saw an ad that stated "Join the epic gaming experience, the best mmorpg out there". Okay, yeah i get that they are really trying to expand their player base. I'm not for sure that helps it though. My first thought is... "No way, it's not the best, there is no best". I'm intrigued to try it though, just to see if there is any fact to what they stated. Usually, there isn't, but whats the loss here? I played the game... I'm not going to lie, i wasted about three hours of my life. (You can count that as a flame, if you'd like). Reason why i say that, because i hated how they advertised it. I wish, some game would actually have some truth to ads. Example: (We are a WoW-Clone, come join us). Haha. I really don't think that will happen. No games wants to state they copied off a sucessful game. In my humble opinion, it's kind of sleezy. Don't get me wrong, i do believe i know why they shoot out some advertisements like that. They want your attention, they all do. Honesty i think would help them more though. Don't you think? Most of us, love honesty. We like hearing the truth, when disappointed. We don't want excuses for lies. It unattractive. (Haha, i used the word unattractive when it comes too a game. Wow).
How do we fix misdirection? We don't. I don't think we can. We can always ask for more honesty from developers, publishers, etc. Will we get it? Probably not. They don't want to admit they screwed up. None of us, want to admit we have screwed up. In games, or in life. It's something we don't like to do. I'll admit it myself. I hate admitting i did something wrong. It makes me feel like complete crap, and it's not a good feeling. Maybe, we could ask for honesty after they fixed the issue at hand? Asking how they fixed it, and why they had too. It's same thing, we have to ask them to explain why/how they screwed up, but... We have given them the chance to fix it before hand. We are always search, seeking, wondering, reaching for answers. Do we get them? I think most of the time, we get an answer. I don't think it's the one we were looking for though. Usually, the answers we do get are very misleading, and confusing. I do believe we are learning, developers and players. Which is a good thing. People are now some-what used to dissappointment. We are also used to improvement though. I mean, we all love "Good" Improvements to the game we play.
I apologize for the randomness in this article. I didn't get much sleep. Thank you for reading though! Hope you've enjoyed it! Cheers!