First things first. I started playing the game with it’s x10 Event, prolly as most since i saw a huge spike of 50k for awhile while checking Steam charts. I am saying this because i do consider some games rather well designed, thematically speaking. Oh, the other thing is that i am primarily a Co-Op player/fan, never a fanboy of anything since i love just being a gamer…
So i am starting with this info because i am trying to find and/or understand the pattern these games may have. Games that while they have a unique tone, the fail. Nosgoth for example, one of my personal favorites was Dead Island Epidemic. Because i get involved with some of them, i tend to have many discussions with players, i am eager to hear their perspective and opinion. I would think that is the case in gaming from Devs but in most cases it isn’t really.
Weirdly enough the interaction stays in a typical level, “oh i have to see my grandma…Hello grandma, you still alive? Bye” sort of thing. I think there’s a multitude of things that make an Online game flop/fail/fallintotheabyss (not everything applies everywhere, exceptions occur).
Some of these overlap, but all of them are related. If one spends time in gaming Forums, you’ll notice some subjects create more frustration than others. That is were the refining should be a priority. I believe most Devs just handle things differently, from a corporate perspective perhaps? I don’t know exactly, but i do know many games fail because, money/profit. As if, you really creating something in gaming for profit and not out of love? Of course you can but, you shouldn’t expect people to not recognise it and appreciate it for that.
Relative to that, i hear many Devs saying, “Our goal is e-sports” and all i can think is, “money, not love then, got ya brother”. And again, it may succeed, ofc. but deep down most people know to appreciate a product of love, or, i’d like to think so. Now i am not expecting anything out of this post, i know i am talking out to empty void, but i only do it in games that i find special, and/or just like a lot!
So i started playing when the x10 Event was on and i liked it…i liked the x10 i mean. The game, sure, i don’t play game for Leaderboards, but because i like their aesthetics, gameplay experience, socializing aspect even (weirdly enough for an introvert…) but you have to understand, all humans are a bit crazy, so i find it interesting examining them.
This is going to a wall-of-text direction so, i think you need to find what frustrates people, and maps, content depth and quality of content is always paramount. I actually sat and was reading the Credits and i am impressed of how many people have worked on this games. Many companies too and i have to say, guys, and ladies, you have done a great job, but considering how people were involved in this, the amount of content and depth is something Hello Games could have done and they are like 6-10 people. I may exaggerating but not by much i think.
Games are meant to be fun. Life and other people are hard enough. Perhaps not everyone “better living through mindless escapism”, but many do, i promise you that. It is far better to treat people as what they are and not as what they have become, passive consumers that is. People will support a quality game, a game with a decent depth and above all quality. A product of love always has immeasurable quality and will be appreciated. I think, but i human, i can be wrong.
I’ll keep playing this, as i played other games that fell into their death. I’ll be there until your last breath. btw, did you know, the more you give the more you will receive? (I think you had a glimpse at x10 Event.)
[This is actually more on topic with the tile but…the most attractive thing i found being the conversations the characters have while on the dropship, hilarious, funny and interesting, lore-wise. I would love to see Co-Op expanding on that, have a storyline even, but i know how much work and resources that is and i also understand this game is meant to be competitive and not a Co-Op, but i can dream about for that day in gaming i guess.]