Reposting from the last page:
I'll be the first to ask an obvious question: What in the world is Warlic doing over there?! Bladehaven is all finished from what I can see, and he STILL isn't back. The overworked staff are trying desperately to get a decent release going out and he is dilly dallying around in mamby pamby land working on his pet projects saying "Oh, everythings fine. Korin and the rest can deal with it."
Hopefully he didn't get signed up for AQW like J6 did. How much more can they take from us?
I know right! MQ has suffered the most out of all three games, with their head leader and best artist (I mean come on, look at the stuff J6 designs for AQW. Can you not honestly say you don't want some of that back?) being taken away with absolutely no player consent. Even after Cysero was gone the DF team managed to bounce back and produce quality releases (in part because of their huge team) and meanwhile in MQ the developement team is failing miserably judging by the quality of this year compared to last and how we have not one but TWO Faqs about how MQ is dying. I mean Korin is a fantastic leader, but he simply is NOT PREPARED to run a game with such a small team no matter how much they work. Quality over quantity, but not when you are trying to take over Prague with a handful of villagers. That is the reality of the matter. Either get more staff and bring Warlic back or MQ WILL die, pure and simple.
Thyton and Yergen being taken away to work on the new MMO further cements the fact that MQ is getting the blunt end of the gaming stick. And I think I understand now: MQ's understaffing is not its own fault, but the fault of higher ups who insist that MQ animators and coders are the only ones who can be spared to work on whatever new game they come up with. Take from Dragonfable (besides Cysero)? Of course not, it is the most popular game and we can't afford to lose the money. Meanwhile MQ, the most unpopular and neglected game, is the logical choice to take away from as you would not be losing as much revenue. That is the matter of this problem. I hate to think this, but maybe Artix has already given up on MQ since it is not turning enough profits and is now just taking away staff members for his newer games until it finally dies or becomes an expantion to DF like WF is to AQ. That is the only reason I can think of for this blatent disrespect to MQ's overworked staff and neglected players. If this kind of thing consists through the next year, I propose that we send a formal complaint to AE's work studio. That is the only way MQ is ever going to get any attention and progress away from being AE's "stepchild game".
P.S: I know I should not be hating on DF and saying that they should get staff taken away instead, because NO GAME should have staff taken away from them. When people asked on AQ why the team couldn't get more people to work on the Sweep (AQ has the same problem as MQ in a way. Though the staff is bigger and hard working, they have embarked on a project to give the entire game a facelift, something which requires a much larger team. Today the Sweep is lucky to get 1% done in a month, and newer overpowered equipment and monsters make the game as much of a power creep as MQ (sorry trans). But that's besides the point) the responce from the KoO was something like "We cannot just have staff transfered from game to game with the click of a finger. AQ staff are specifically trained to work on AQ, DF on DF, and MQ for MQ. Sure, I can do some coding for DF every one and awhile but if they signed me up as a full time member I would be lost and more of a liability than a benifit."
Now thing about this for a second. Overworked gaming teams that need all the help they can get cannot have new members transfered over to help relieve the burden, but the same overworked gaming teams can easily be told "Hey #346B. Go over to work on our new MMO so we can get more profits. *employee tries to explain the situation* What? You are struggling here at MQ? Then the rest of you scrubs step it up! What have you been doing over there! ... "But sir, we-" "Shutup and go work on that new MMO. I will not hear no for an answer!" "Yessir." HOW IS THAT EVEN REMOTELY FAIR!!! Why is it that small, hardworking teams have to follow the regulations and rules to stick with their current members, but those same rules and regulations can be disregarded in order to benifit huge MMO cash cows while the already small teams get even smaller and their loyal players and devoted fanbase suffer. IT MAKES NO SENSE!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH...
P.P.S: Okay, I know I should not be hating on AE since they are by far the most helpful and considerate gaming company out there. But come on, I'm just sick of MQ being shafted like this! Why do we have to get all these changes imposed on us without player consent? Have they not heard of "No taxation without represenatation?" Well that is the exact same situation here. Except without tar and feathering and destroying tea. But the point is that we have to stand up for our team and try and get something done around here, and defend our rights as players. Give me MQ staff or give me death!
P.P.P.S: Oh goodness, this a long post...
< Message edited by Master Merlin -- 12/4/2010 13:12:45 >