With a tempered thoughtfulness not usually found on any sort of forum, World of Warcraft player Hladio has started a thread entitled, “Player and Developer relationship.” Hladio hopes to bring people together to discuss how players can best influence the games they pay to play, and how developers can utilize what is potentially valuable feedback from their customers.
Developing World of Warcraft Together
Hladio hopes to get insight from Blizzard staff on how exactly to voice his feedback and concerns. Presumably, there is inherent value in the insight of long-time gamers and customers. The question of how best to address this is certainly one shared by many in the community. Forums can often go long unattended by actual developer staff. Contact forms are a shout into the abyss. The players have asked a polite and simple question: Does Blizzard want to hear what their players think?
A Two Way Street
Those in the forum would also like to see more communication from Blizzard. Hladio also writes, ” Posts and statements like “we aren’t ready to discuss the upcoming changes” just gives off a shunning vibe.” One of the ideas that solidified in the discussion is having occasional in-game surveys. Late- or end-game achievements and accomplishments would trigger these surveys, so that the answers would be coming from experienced players.
The conversation (so far) has avoided diversion from a few trolls. The players even discussed whether or not they would be willing to pay more for the game if there was more opportunity for feedback, and in-game results.
Nobody from Blizzard has commented on the thread as of yet.
World of Warcraft is an MMORPG developed by Blizzard. It holds the Guinness World Record for most popular MMORPG by subscribers.