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Delvie's Diversions

Ditherings of a Gaming junky.

Author: Delvie

The Forum Game is Real Life

Posted by Delvie Monday March 9 2009 at 1:19PM
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I'm a lurker for the most part.  While I might register for a forum I rarely remember to actually login as I rarely post.  Though there have been some in the past that have jerked me in to discuss the MMO of my dreams - this includes Vanguard Forums (prelaunch), Metaplace, and a few others.

Is anyone else noticing that The Forum Game is getting more and more heated?  Been lurking around Darkfall and absolutely amazed at the anger and frustration being expressed at an Indie Developer.

One argument that has astounded me is that because it's indie they should charge less?  Huh?  If I remember right EVE costs more than any other MMO and could rightfully be considered indie when they first came on the scene.  And MMO's don't cost a ton of money for the entertainment they give.  Around the price of going to a matinee once a month you get hours and hours of game time.

Have any of the people thinking that MMOs aren't worth the money looked into what it takes to run one?  I'm not talking developing one - that's it's own financial nightmare - but run one?  There are all kinds of things to manage and keep track of such as accounts, community (forums, wikis, web sites etc), hardware, distribution, bug fixes, and security.

What also amazes me is the folks actually rooting for Darkfall to fail.  Why, even if you don't like the game, would you want it to fail?  Is the objective now not about finding a game to play but instead to go out of your way to hurt people in real life?  Not just telling forum posters that they're idiots but also devs that they're worthless?  What ever happened to graciousness?  If you don't like a game why continue posting?  Learn to move on, though that is hard as there isn't a lot new to change focus to.  I wonder why?  Would you actually invest years of your life to develop something just to get this amount of grief?

Anyways just had to post about the fact that The Forum Game being played by a lot of people is not really a game at all but Real People in Real Life expressing their opinions.

risenbones writes:

Nice points.  Seriously if you think that people playing another game are the kind of people who ruined another game for you why in the world would you want the game they want to play fail?  If they have this game that is great for them let them have it that means they won't be coming to your game and ruining it for you.  It's a win win situation.  Praying that the game fails means theose people will be looking for a new game and they may very well end up in yours.  Reap what you sow kinda thing.

Mon Mar 09 2009 7:23PM Report
Cynthe writes:

I have a huge amount of respect for any game developer exactly for the opinions expressed in this blog. They take huge risks which mostly depend on how well your product is received and anything in entertainment is very fickle.

While I think it's perfectly fine to criticize devs, give them opinions and ask questions and maybe even a good grilling when things go wrong, you need to understand they are people just like you trying to make a living. So treat them as you would any other person you are doing business with. Remaining polite and civil while putting your point across is something that becomes utterly lost as soon as you use the internet as a means of communication.

I am really hoping that this attitude evolves and people treat fellow forumers as they would someone standing in front of them. Usually when I flame someone on a forum it's because they've said something that provokes me enough that I would flame them to their face too. Yes I've gotten in trouble in RL for that. :D

But at least you should always bear in mind how people will receive what you say and how you say it. Both in RL and online so as to avoid silly misunderstandings or starting unnecessary grief or downright abuse.



Mon Mar 09 2009 10:25PM Report writes:
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