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Drama Queens

Posted Apr 16, 2010 by Jon Wood

Drama Queens Player Perspectives columnist Jaime Skelton writes her piece this week on the somewhat morbidly entertaining sport of developer drama watching as it relates to both Quest Online and Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment.

Jaime Skelton

MMO gamers are no strangers to drama. Our gaming experience is essentially social, forcing us all at some point to interact with other people. As we've all learned by now, other people means, inevitably, some form of drama – that angsty, dark, back-biting, emotional experience that many of us hate (and a few of us thrive on).

And that's just between friends.

The personal drama that takes place in-game and on the forums can sometimes have long-lasting effects on our gaming and, in rare cases, our lives. The high-level drama that takes place in developer offices brings a whole new level of experience to the social gaming platform, however. A flame war between players can be both exhausting and entertaining to the spectators, but a flame war between the people that make the game has so much more popcorn-chewing value.

Yes, I'm talking about the David Allen vs. Derek Smart debacle with Alganon. I'm also talking about the current Stargate Worlds development state. Both are excellent cases in what I'll term loosely as “developer drama,” and both have made some significant impact on their game communities as well as their games.

Read Drama Queens.