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3-27-2012 @ 11:40AM
This kind of backlash is always Blizzards fault. They already know how the majority of the community reacts to statements such as this. They see how excited people get, then just back track to reduce further backlash. Announce something like this when its actually being worked on, instead of while its in the pipe dream stage. Judging by the blue post above, it seems like something that may or may not happen, not something they are 100% trying to implement. Until its something that's currently being worked on, just keep it in house. Under promise, over deliver.
3-27-2012 @ 1:22PM
And you'd prefer an environment where they never comment outside of official announcements? Maybe from now on, they shouldn't talk about anything they're working on until it's in patch note."This kind of thing" is always the fault of the hyperbolic players who take any statement from anyone at any level in the company as a guarantee that a feature will be implemented exactly as they see it in their minds, next week. The original statement about green fire made it very clear that it was something that they'd like to do, but weren't working on yet. If they're not working on it yet, you can probably expect that it won't show up until after we get the stuff they are working on. Anyone who built up an expectation otherwise has no one but themselves to blame for their disappointment.
3-27-2012 @ 1:34PM
I agree with you on most fronts, and you've furthered my point. A lot of the player base is very unrealistic when it comes to these kinds of things, so yes, it would be better if they held thier tongue until its official. I'm not saying I agree with these players expectations, as I'm not one of them, but Blizzard should know by now what type of reaction these types of players will have. Waiting for it to be in patch notes is going a little far(which was intended), but waiting until a feature is in production would calm the unrealistic.
3-27-2012 @ 3:15PM
And personally, I'd hate to see an environment where the majority of the playerbase is left in the dark about developer intentions and their vision for the game simply because a vocal minority can't be relied on to behave in a realistic and mature manner.Blizzard putting stuff like that out far in advance, well before they start working on it isn't just a nicety; the (well reasoned) feedback they get informs their designs, and that's what makes the game great, in my opinion; they don't just dump stuff on us and say "this is what you're getting," they actually take player's opinions into consideration.Personally, I'd ask what's so wrong with the current system? Blizzard gives us this early insight, most of us comment on it in a reasonable manner, and we all continue to laugh at the idiots ranting about broken promises.
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