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Old 12-30-2009, 03:49 PM   #17
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I think if I remember correctly, Ian said they would be taking a break from the forums while they work on 11 until after the Super Bowl. I am going to assume that this is their plan, and they are staying true to it. I hope so, I looked forward to every blog, and am pretty excited to see what's in the works for the future.
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Old 12-30-2009, 03:52 PM   #18
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I don't want the blogs. There were at least 3 vids of blocking. One with redskins oline showing run blocking, one with dallas showing pass blocking and another showing ravens dline matching up vs bills oline. They led us to believe alot of time was spent on blocking and oline/dline interactions. When the game dropped blocking and pursuit angles were the most glaring problems.

I don't consider interaction like that a success on any level.
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Old 12-30-2009, 04:29 PM   #19
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I don't want the blogs. There were at least 3 vids of blocking. One with redskins oline showing run blocking, one with dallas showing pass blocking and another showing ravens dline matching up vs bills oline. They led us to believe alot of time was spent on blocking and oline/dline interactions. When the game dropped blocking and pursuit angles were the most glaring problems.

I don't consider interaction like that a success on any level.
The blogs are here to stay, sorry to inform you. This is the way EA communicates on their site about their upcoming games. That won't go away.

I think what we see in the future is someone mentioning a blog is up and linking up to that blog. That way, you can judge and process the hype to your own discretion.

Based on Ian's last posting on here, I feel that is the way they are going. I'm sure for him it was counter productive to post here and he probably doesn't have the time anymore because of the new job title.

It's too bad we lost out on that open dialogue, but it is what it is.
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Old 12-30-2009, 08:48 PM   #20
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Great point, however I truly enjoyed the blogs as it gave us a chance to interact with the devs and try to help them see things the way that we see them.
I felt like the blogs were almost a necessity for them last year, just to get the game some positive buzz. After M09 I think it's safe to say they most people were kinda meh on the game. But it's not like they just started blogging last year, they've been doing it off/on since M08. It's just that last year they went nuclear with it (blogging 6months+ before release).

It's hard to say how much the added interaction helped though. In some areas, it's scary to think where the game might've been at release if not for the community pointing out things like uniform errors and such. But I'm not so sure how much the community helps from a gameplay standpoint. One area the community hurt the game was the complaining about the robotic running animations. They were right, they were robotic. But Tiburon's efforts to change them mid-stream resulted in the running animations actually looking worse - a huge eyesore no matter how hard you try to ignore it. Another thing: from a community day standpoint. In years previous I always hated the usual suspects like Pastapadre and the crew going to CD, coming back and reporting how great the game was going to be. 07, 08,09 - always the same, never failed. And each time the game was disappointing.

This year's CD makeup was infinitely better. And post-CD most had their own positives about how the game was looking. Then once the game released... we had to hear "something changed" at some point between CD and release day that ruined the progress the game had made. I'm not sure what, but yet again the game at release was something of a disappointment. I'm just saying - I don't see the value in people being to be told what they want to hear, wanting to believe the fantasy than deal with the reality. Madden 10 was an improvement - that should be expected. It wasn't some MVP-like transformation. Hard to say if it's needed or even practical at this point. But I don't know how much the blogs benefit the community, other than them being the equivalent of having sweet nothings whispered in your ear.
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