GAME DEVELOPERS ARE A MASSIVE PART BEHIND EVERY GAMING COMMUNITY
Give or take 10 years ago and beyond, the gaming community would interact with titles in a less interactive manner – simply buying the title, engaging with the community, enjoying related content on certain platforms and leaving a comment now and then online. Nowadays, players have a greater opportunity to fully immerse themselves into a game thanks to services such as Twitch, Discord and all of the social media which also provides them access to game developers like never before – this new ability brings along its own difficulties with regards to the disastrous nature of opinions. In this article, I’d like to discuss the relationship between the game developer and the gamer in 2019, due to the recent turbulence in the community.
I’m referring to the controversy surrounding Apex Legends and its newly released Iron Crown event due to certain issues. In response to backlash from the community, game developers responded in an unsavoury manner:
Hey everyone – found the dick I was talking about. Guess what, I didn’t even read your comment except for the first sentence and last. This kind of garbage doesn’t warrant a reply – but lucky for you I already made a comment about this earlier. Go find it.
I think technically I was calling gamers dicks? I dunno. I had a spicy lunch, feelin’ it.
I’ve been in the industry long enough to remember when players weren’t complete ass-hats to developers and it was pretty neat. I forged a bunch of long lasting relationships from back then. Would be awesome to get back there, and not engaging with toxic people or asking “how high” when a mob screams “jump” is hopefully a start.
…the amount of people who spend is crazy low, most of ya’ll are freeloaders (and we love that!) and a change in price doesn’t move the needle.Unnamed Respawn DEV
Being a game developer in 2019 is not the easiest job in the world – imagine completing a project and then suddenly being offered millions of opinions within a few days, of which a portion will certainly be negative. Especially in the genre of battle royale, where trends in popularity are unforeseeable, one either catches the wave perfectly or drowns. However, are the above comments justified? Should developers speak out to the community in such a manner? Before we delve further into the question, the Respawn Community Manager is one step ahead of us.
So it’s fine for you to call us liars, full of shit, and other personal attacks when we communicate an apology and update to the event but we’re “immature” when we call people out on it. Got it.Respawn Community Manager
The relationship between game developer and gamer all depends on the state of the game produced. Outrage festers when the gaming community feels cheated, as seen in situations such as the abysmal releases of Fallout 76 and No Man’s Sky, resorting to the options of review-bombing, hateful language and permanent distaste for the developer’s future work. Though, this is often the extreme side, where the rebellion of the community is somewhat justified. In my opinion, most of the time that the community is upset with the game developers is due to frustration – usually when the developers are stabbing in the dark with regards to what the community wants from them. It should be noted that this goes both ways – sometimes developers carefully take into consideration the general opinion of the community, work on it, and the community remains dissatisfied. This is an equal sense of frustration, probably moreso when the security of your full-time job relies on creating an enjoyable game. Did Respawn Entertainment release this frustration appropriately?
No, they didn’t, and we’ll be taking other cases into consideration in the second part of the article.