So Microsoft and Age Devs etc. I just wanted to take a moment to explain why I feel like the DM announcement made perfect sense, from a business point a view, from a player retention point of view, from a game health point of view, but still felt…off for me. And yes, this is the emotions behind it.
The truth for myself, at least, is basically kind of wrapped in how the message was conveyed. Now, I read the message, and I understand it is someone’s first blog, so I am NOT trying to villify anyone at all. I am trying though, to provide a sincere constructive thought on how their message…missed me a bit, at least emotionally.
Many have mentioned how it came just after DMWC, and that is a part of it, but I feel like it is a bit more specific. Those who watched the finals with Nili and True may have stuck around post-Viper interview and heard Nili and True (mostly True) discuss the DM community and True gave a good and lengthy “thank you” speech that lasted a good 20 minutes or so, I’m not sure. Either way, it was quite heartfelt and moving. Nili even commented about tearing up. Now, I have no personal interest in playing DM, it is too fast for me, so again I state plainly your decision makes complete sense from multiple points of view.
But then, I read the blog, and while the argument is sound, there’s this disconnect, between what I feel personaly and just witnessed on Sunday, and the tone of the blog. Now, I’m sure it was written well in advance, and had to be edited and proofread and such so it may have been a 3 week old statement. It’s just as someone who watched the teary and emotional post-tournament DMWC cast with Nili and True, the little personal anecdotes just didn’t do anything. In another time or another emotional context they might have been just fine, but I think for some of us who watched DMWC, it just felt soo…disconnected. I almost think it would have been better to have the announcement before the tournament final.
I just see a lot of emotion surrounding this recent decision, and I’m sure some might be asking “why?” when the metrics and stuff say so clearly otherwise, and I just wanted to try to explain why I am currently…unhappy so to speak. It isn’t that anyone did anything wrong, it just didn’t go as well as it could have I guess.
Just some sincere thoughts, not trying to attack anyone at all.
Love to everyone.