Yes, I have a fondness of ranting and raving about the things in the game industry that irritate me, or that I find to be ridiculous. I have become a bit jaded over the years and pretty cynical. I realized this morning that maybe I have been a little unfair and complained about only part of the problem.
Do gamers have a share in the blame for the problems in the game industry?
Seriously though…does our fascination with pretty graphics and our complaints when a game doesn’t look spectacular cause developers to put more effort into making them look good, but less into making games fun?
What about hackers and exploiters in MMORPGs? What effect, if any, do these guys have? Would it be fair to say that some nerfing in MMOs is because of the abuse of exploits?
What about farming? I’d say that this is mostly the fault of developers for enabling this as a mechanic, but do games lose their fun factor when -players- camp the spawns and farm items? How many times has a large guild “claimed” a spawn and told you or your friends to take a hike? What about people selling these items over the net? Do gamers just encourage the cycle by buying?
Botters are something else I personally find annoying…sure, part of the problem is the stupid treadmilling gameplay we all have to deal with, but then again, don’t botters detract from a game for the rest of us? Have you ever tried talking to a botter? Or been spammed and attacked by one?
How about gamer behavior on forums? Flames, trolling, spamming, ignorance, stupidity, horrible spelling and grammer, etc. etc. Does this tend to make new players avoid a game because of how the community acts on the forums? Have you ever looked to the forums of a game before deciding to play it? Have you decided against it if it looked like the game was loaded with jerks, or if the game itself was continually berated and attacked by the most vocal gamers?
How about in-game harassment?
I think I could make a much longer list, but I would like to see what you think. What do gamers do that ruins games…for you, or for the industry in general. Feel free to make some anecdotal examples of your own experiences. Maybe make some suggestions on how to solve or minimize these problems.
Make a gamer happy and do something nice for a random person in the next MMORPG you log in to.