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9-10-2009 @ 4:34PM
I have to disagree with this. Blizzard doesn't really owe us any transparency. You get what you pay for. You're paying for the game as it is, not as it will be in the future. When there are problems, they have been good about hotfixing quickly when able, and pushing out minor patches when a hotfix isn't able. Large content patches are another matter entirely.Imposing a deadline is a bad idea. You stick a deadline on something and the mindset becomes, "well, I have to have it done by X, so I can't spend time on Y." I'd rather that they be able to freely take the time to do things as well as possible. I'd rather they take the time to test things as thoroughly as possible. Yes, there will always be something popping up regardless, some bug or exploit or mistake. That's the nature of being human.Imposing the deadline limits the creativity of the designers. "Well, it would be cool to do this, but we have to release the patch next week." We're not getting vaporware patches, there really isn't any need to force such a constraint on it. If they get a cool idea, I don't mind if a patch gets pushed back another week. Of course, I'm a pretty calm and reasonable guy, not everyone is, as evidence by the way the forums constantly light up.It's not like we're running out of things to do in WoW. A little patience goes a long way. Blizzard also isn't pulling the wool over our eyes, we know whats coming and see many of the iterations that patches go through on the ptr. That's the kind of transparency I prefer, and is much more important to me than the date a patch will be released. People already complain enough about the game, there's not much reason to add fuel to that fire.
9-10-2009 @ 5:20PM
"Blizzard doesn't really owe us any transparency."No, they don't. You're completely right on this. But neither does CCP and they have full disclosures of bugs and you know, before hand, what their patches will change.Own us? No. It would be nice of them if they did? SURE!
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