Great article! I do agree that it is more a good thing than anything. Personally I think it is great that we can provide input that, if relevant and useful, will reach the development team and often acted upon..if not in the current version in future releases. They are going to hype in certain situations (like company podcasts) but you can filter for that. (I listen to the EA Sports podcasts for the info about the games and try to ignore the hype...same thing with Major Nelson's podcast.) In short, I'm glad the developers value our input enough to go on the forums, etc.
Besides the contstant turnover over the past few years, I think one reason that the MLB 2K series has suffered is because they seem to be so out of touch with what people want.
Before the nightmare that was MLB 2K6, the 2K team were the kind of the pioneers of community interaction for sports video games with all sorts of Q& A sessions, developer diaries, etc. Since then, that interaction has been non-existant and I think it shows in the quality of their games. Excluding this year, it seems so much of their time has been spent adding gimmick modes and features to the game that nobody wanted, that they neglected all of the little things that made baseball great, which most of us (maybe not everyone) wanted.
The ironic part of it to me is that as a community, we are basically the best possible free source available to to run ideas by, test new features, etc. and for the most part, it seems that we're over looked for internal people that don't know the ins and outs of the sport their game is trying to emulate or simulate. Because of this, it's no wonder that for several years in a row and MLB 2K baseball game has been released with glaring issues that were somehow overlooked (or noticed and just accepted) by 2K, yet noticed by us on day one.
Re: Breaking Down the Wall: The Evolution of Community Interaction
Great Article... Game Developers Really care bout there Game and what we think and giving ideas to them and they trying to put them in the game and making our dreams come true to me the best game they can make Overall....
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