Game Devs. Who would be one? On paper it sounds like this awesome job where you can create these awesome games that people will fall in love with and spend endless hours and days playing, and whilst this is true for the most part there are occasions when the unsavoury portion of the internet decides that their opinion is worth voicing in ways that no one should have to listen to.
The reason why I’ve decided to quickly write about this is from recent events to do with the 7.1.5 patch in World of Warcraft. Discussion about this patch has been quite heated since PTR’s came out and numbers were data mined. Every class (types of characters that you can play) has been complaining that the sky is falling and the apocalypse will be here before we know it. Now the fact is, if every class is saying this then that tells me that Blizzard are doing something right, but it’s not even the patch itself that brought out the worst in people. It was the patch notes.
“Patch notes?” I hear you say. “How can patch notes themselves cause the internet to devolve in one gigantic puddle on nonsense?” The answer to this is because when Blizzard released the patch notes, they messed up, and messed up big time. The notes were initially released with half the information missing or “Class X has had damage increased significantly”. I’m not saying anything that will be breaking news here as Blizzard has owned up to this with one of their community managers Josh “Devolore” Allen, taking to Twitter to unreservedly apologies for their errors.
Still checking patch notes for inaccuracies, have made a lot of progress but still more checking to do. Can’t apologize enough.
— Josh Allen 🎺🐍 (@devolore) January 10, 2017
Which is very honourable I feel. Blizzard could have stayed quiet and either adjusted the notes silently or not even bothered but they decided to do what they felt was the right thing and publicly sort out the mess. Some people however were not so courteous when talking to the Warcraft Devs account or Devolore (some of them have nothing to with the patch notes)
@WarcraftDevs fuk off & bring classic servers thanks.
— jake piercy (@jake_piercy) January 9, 2017
@WarcraftDevs fu*k this! what did u smoke while implementing fundamental changes to havoc 24h before release.
— Eleani[AI] (@eleani_KI) January 10, 2017
@WarcraftDevs A lot of changes to Havoc DH missing, you guys can do ONE FUCKING JOB. Jesus fix that shit
— LuLz (@hseger1) January 9, 2017
These might seem light to some of you who read this, but I’ve picked some of the more “mellow” ones when it came to attitudes towards the devs (If I linked to the forums i’d have to give this a blog an 18 age rating). I’ve seen it in other games as well. Rift for me is a good example when changes are made.
Newsflash. No matter the game, devs aren’t trying to ruin your experience or have a vendetta against the game. They don’t release uncomplete patch notes for shits and giggles. Mistakes happen. Politely alert them (chances are they already know), and let them get on with their job. Ironically those who are quick to slam devs or community managers are the first people to start whining when they don’t get hear any feedback from the same people. Treat them with respect and let them get on with the job!
The next tweet has nothing to do with the above, but it’s a warlock crying and that’s always highly amusing.
@WarcraftDevs What a mess! Where are the warlock pvp changes? You people are seriously making fun of the whole class now.
— Big Boss (@Venom_Boss) January 10, 2017