Thursday, May 26, 2011

A Note to Developers

There are a few things I'd like to say about how games seem to be run these days. There are many things being done seriously wrong.

Stop pumping out new content when a) existing content is tragically broken, b) the new content adds nothing noteworthy to the game or c) it has nothing to do with content you promised moths or even years prior.

Some horrible offenders to this are Runes of Magic and League of Legends. Runes of Magic has an unbelievable amount of crashing. In Siege War, I often crash just loading in. This, however is more reasonable since it is a beta feature. Less reasonable is crashing every time I go through a town that was implemented over 2 years ago. Yes, two years later, it still crashes there. At least the new content brings something new to the game when it is released.

League of Legends is an entirely different story. Every 2 weeks, they pump out a new champion. Almost none of them are played beyond the week they are released and the week they are free. On top of that, most of them play the same and are weaker than a champion that already exists. Example, Vayne is basically a ranged version of the existing champion Poppy. Oh boy. Lee Sin, a champion that everyone has wanted to exist for a year, is completely worthless. There is a relatively small percentage of champions that see any use. This is because the rest of them do not fill the same role as well as the ones used. Making all champions viable is completely unreasonable as, with the number of champions that now exist, it would take far too much time, effort and money to get it just right. This leaves us with new content that is completely worthless being produced every 2 weeks as opposed to features that everyone wants/ would use.

We only got mastery pages this week. Everyone has wanted those since release. We still don't have achievements even though there was a page for them a year ago. We used to have normal game statistics and those were inexplicably removed. We only recently got the tribunal, another long awaited feature. We still don't have Magma Chamber; the new map we were promised ages ago. Instead, we have 45 worthless champions. If you aren't going to release something, don't say you're going to. Its Duke Nukem Forever all over again. I expect 10 years before we see Magma Chamber at this rate. By then we will have 400 worthless champions and no achievements.

Also, Guild Wars 2 was slated to be released years ago and we still don't even have a solid timeline. 2008 was supposed to be beta testing originally and it still hasn't happened. At least they spend time on it instead of announcing then ignoring it. That I can understand.

Anyways, music. This is Those Who Fight from Final Fantasy VII Advent Children.

1 comment:

  1. u forgot Diablo 3..... i wonder whether it will actually ever come out... :-/ and lee sin is playable and can own the game... he's just difficult to play for... so many people do not even bother trying...

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