- Oct 28, 2017
You're not wrong but I want to argue why a little. It's not against you or your position, it's just that I feel that people (not you, you've been here a while iirc) perhaps don't remember just how hostile the press and public gaming discussion platforms have been all these years. They have chosen to focus on the money and negativity almost every single time. Every time there was a stunning tech breakthrough or some other news, you now know to expect the comment section filled with the factually incorrect, intellectually dishonest bullshit. There has been a constant chorus of bullying surrounding this project. It's organized and we are now used to that little song and dance with a shameful amount of gamers taking part. The good ol' pitchforking never went out of style and most of us just stay out it now. This is me just ranting for once in a while.I feel like CIG's brand has been mismanaged severely. Star Citizen should be a brand that's about doing exciting things, over-coming incredible tech-hurdles and introducing things we haven't seen before. Instead, Star Citizen is known as the game that sells ships for $10,000+. I feel like that takes away from both the community and the developers who work their tails off for us. It's frustrating for us to not be able to talk about the game without being weighed down by the massive prices some of these packs go for, and I imagine it's just as frustrating for developers to see their hard work dismissed because of the same thing.
There are of course legitimate detractors and sceptics and I have actually enjoyed reading some of their critics when they did so in a constructive and knowledgeable way about specific aspects of the game. I've really had moments of insight when discussing the IFCS or aspects surrounding flight for example. But my point is that CIG had little chance of portraying the game according to its strength when the entire gaming press was intent against doing that.
Whenever there was news or positivity to be had about a demo or a breakthrough, what did the media articles focus on? I bet you can see it already, the funding counter with a nice headline to match. The actual information? A footnote. Third paragraph, right after the embedded ad and disclaimers about crowdfunding. Often, no context or explanation given for the news itself. I don't remember a lot of articles about how SC had gotten players walking around in spaceships while flying in a play area literally multiple AU-wide. I don't remember a lot of articles about how CIG's very own Ivo Herzig had gotten 1st and 3rd perspective working in tandem, in a multiplayer environment, when even Ivo himself doubted it. But space pets, boy, we got you covered. Dualshockers is the only outlet I know of that has not taken this route and actually talked about the game and why this one piece of news was exciting or impressive.
Do notice that, to give a counterpoint to the "nobody cares about that" rebuttal, we are getting an awful lot of news about how Kratos's axe is working and seeing a surge in gaming documentaries. There is an audience for this type of news, but not in SC's case apparently. What could CIG have done to counter this, when that behaviour from the gaming media and online communities has been there since the beginning? Their answer was to try and give content to outlets that will not twist their words and act professionally. Gamestar and Gamersnexus come to mind.
I was there since day 1 of the kickstarter and I have seen article after article choosing to focus on the money raised, the drama and anything else possible to not touch the technical aspects, to not get into the reasons backers chose to fund the game. It was always about the sensational instead of the passion behind this phenomenon. It was always about dehumanizing the backers, robbing them of their right to have a different perspective and getting outraged on their behalf.
I agree with you that there is a brand issue, I also agree that CIG has screwed up in times where they could have done something, or responding faster. However I will not forget that there is a massive and sometimes unintentional hostility directed at them that in my opinion bears the brunt of the responsibility for this situation.