I am very bad at using song lyrics to emphasis a point. That has never stopped me from doing it anyway. Over the past two years my understanding and frame of reference for Eve has changed. I am prone to musing about topics that have little to do with game play. They are formed from nothing more than my own opinion and understandings.
Last week during the summit I said that the Producers had asked us to give them their ideal road maps. I took this outside of the summit room (with permission just saying) and brought that here to the blog. From there I got a heap of interesting responses and even a blog banter on the topic. My information sourcing mind is very happy and I expect that I will spend tomorrow and Friday starting a summerization of things.
Of course, as often happens with such topics, the responses developed a life of their own. In my ideal mind everyone would give me a nice little road map. I'd bundle that up, slap a bow on it, and hand it over. For some unknown reason, my ideal situation only partially happened. People took the topic and responded to it in many different ways.
What I started to see was not just an ideal road map, but an ideal image of things people wanted from Eve. Inside of that, I started to see something that at first made me squint in exhaustion before I reflected on what it meant.
People listed wants more than road maps. It is as if each person is an individual and interpreted the topic in their own way. But, this isn't about the interpretations so much as a steady pattern that I began to see. This all leads back to George Michael as well.
In the song, George Michael is apologizing for, I guess, cheating on whomever he is dancing with. Or something. Anyway, he fucked up and it got out and we're all really sad. While not quite the same, I've spent a good bit of time over the last two years coming to understand the cost of CCP's years of player interaction.
In the 13 years that Eve has been chugging along, CCP has made a lot of promises. They have not fulfilled all of those promises. That is understandable. Often times the promises were grand and reality snickered at their efforts. Other times new projects and problems came to light. Some things upon creation did not match their original inspiration. There are reasons why everything has happened. Lots of reasons. But those first made promises, many of them made for years, left a bad taste when they were not fulfilled.
Now CCP of 2013 who is not CCP of 2003 has to pay for those careless words whispered on the dance floor over the years. They are paying for words said by other people. It is a rather terrible situation that they are in. No matter what they do or bring to the table, those past promises bubble up to the surface again and again.
It is one of the larger wounds that never seems to heal between CCP and the player base. At first, I thought I could solve it by just explaining it. That makes sense to me. However, I've been knocked off of that bit of rational thought. It doesn't work because those careless promises were so provocative. Love at first sight or maybe lust. Whichever it was, it caught the imagination, set roots, and sprouted.
I don't think CCP wants to spray weed killer on everything.
The age of the community has worried me for a while now. How do we entertain people for over a decade? Can we expect that people can and will continue to be entertained? But then, I have to add onto it these cuts and hurts that makes things that much harder.
My belief is that they can be healed, somehow. I'm not sure how but I believe it anyway. When I look through the roadmaps I have been given I see a lot of frustration. It has adjusted how I plan to write my summary. Which is a good thing. We dig for gold and sometimes find platinum.