Most gamer fans can only shake their heads at the constantly evolving narratives of developers enduring the aggression of dissatisfied gamers. Yes, gaming allows you to emotionally connect with a character and immerse yourself in a virtual world. This is much more difficult with other media, such as films or series.
This emotionality and passion, as good and positive as it can be, can also turn into the complete opposite. But with all the feelings that you carry with you, they should never affect other people negatively; do not threaten or frighten them. Instead, you should express your criticism objectively and calmly, because then you will be taken seriously.
Unbridled and thoughtless rumgerante
It’s just stupid that there are many gamers who unload their hatred of a game feature, even the smallest changes, unfiltered and unembellished on the Internet – and then even go so far as to personally insult, insult and threaten game developers. This phenomenon has been publicly denounced by developers for several months and years.
Has anything changed in the behavior of aggressive players so far? No not true. On the one hand, this can be seen from the fact that the discussion among the developers flares up again and again. And on the other hand, because it is even possible for developers to draw comparisons between the fans of one game and the other. Blizzard’s developer Chadd “Celestalon” Nervig, for example, can do something like this. He once worked on the World of Warcraft team (buy now ), he’s now promoted to Hearthstone’s Features Lead. And he reports on impressive differences between the two communities, which give food for thought.
Aggression problems with WoW fans?
As a fan of World of Warcraft you really don’t want to read something like that: “There are a lot of threads like this going on in the industry right now about how unacceptable the harassment game developers face from players. It’s all true. I’ve experienced a lot of it in my time at WoW, from Death threats to physical attacks. It’s absurd,” Nervig wrote on Twitter in response to a post from a fellow Ubisoft developer.
However, Celestalon also shows that what you may experience in the WoW team does not have to be common. Since he switched to the Hearthstone developers, no player in the trading card game community has attacked him as blatantly as in WoW Dev times, according to Celestalon’s own words.
“Fortunately, while I’m very public and open (I even keep my DMs open, which is relatively rare), I’ve experienced almost none of that in Hearthstone in Hearthstone. I’m grateful that the HS community has treated me well enough that I’m comfortable with my openness,” says Celestalon. “Because I really love interacting with sane players, hearing feedback, engaging in dialogue where possible. It warms my icy heart to see the joy on the faces of the people I’ve helped create.”
Nervig also talks to BlizzardWatch co-founder and Blizzard dev Adam Holisky on Twitter about an extreme example; both of them heard about a fellow developer who had to hire security guards to accompany him for some time. The reason behind this: Death threats were also made against the employee, which were to be taken seriously.
As a gaming “normal” who is also happy when criticism is expressed as factually as possible, it is absolutely inconceivable to me why game developers, regardless of whether they work on WoW or another game, are met with so much hatred when they don’t everything runs smoothly. Probably very few people would think of threatening a developer because of unloved changes. I certainly haven’t threatened anyone with a beating just because the Shadow Priest in WoW lost his mana battery utility – and I hope none of you would either.