I wasn't sure whether this justified its own thread or not, so I'm posting it here:
Sims 4 Staffer Urges Fans To Stop 'Attacking/Insulting Our Dev Team' | Kotaku
I know we haven't all become self-entitled little shits who think game developers owe them something, but stuff like this puts a really dark stain on the community.
Honestly, I don't think it's the individual developers that are entirely to blame. It's all EA upper management, and has been for years. Could the devs have done a better job with game development? Probably. Can they do a better job with communication? Maybe, depending on how tight of a muzzle EA has on them. Do I wish EA as a whole would do a better job with communication and listening to their customers? Absolutely. That said, it doesn't justify the downright nastiness directed at them I've seen on the Sims forums.There are times when the Sims devs do deserve to be reamed. To start with, they should not have lied to us about why some things haven't made it into the game when they should have been in the base game. The lies continue. They claim things can't be coded when we know damn good and well they can be. They say they can't do things because it can't be done. Bullshit. The real reason is upper management/board of directors refuse to fork out the wages for the work.
They need to stop the lies. They are NOT transparent. At all. And yes I do play. I have The Sims, The Sims 2, The Sims 3 and The Sims 4. And yes I still play all except the original. I still have all my discs though so if I ever do want to play I can. And I stopped posting on the Sims forum because I got sick of reading the lies.
Microsoft is more on a buying spree to bulk up their Xbox exclusives, which have suffered this console generation compared to Sony. I don't think it's a bad acquisition. It's not Goliath swallowing David - consolidation is necessary in the game industry to survive.https://kotaku.com/sources-microsoft-is-close-to-buying-obsidian-1829614135
It is still in the rumor stage. Do we have opinions about this? Is it a case of Goliath swallowing David? I imagine some might worry that Microsoft will eventually kill Obsidian if it doesn't get high sales, not to mention microtransactions. Then, there is if they put games on the Microsoft store, rather than Steam. I do not like that store one bit. I think it may be improving but still has a way to go.
On the other side of the coin, perhaps this will help Obsidian, giving them the deeper pockets that they need to develop their games and not have underrated/underappreciated games wipe them out financially. It could be really good for them, giving them a bit of freedom. Microsoft has been on a buying spree lately, likely to add to their pc development in gaming. That's great. I would like that very much as I don't use consoles.