If you’ve purchased DICE’s epic first person shooter Battlefield 4 across any platform, you will likely have noticed that it had a few discernible ‘issues’ at the beginning. And for a while after that. And now too, come to think of it.
Fear not, however, because developers have taken the democratic route and are now asking players what they want to see changed.
No, Staffordshire University students aren’t driving around with twelve inch rims and state-of-the-art sound systems in every orifice of their ’92 Renault Clio’s. They didn’t even get to meet Xzibit. Even better, Epic Games have delivered 85 cutting edge computers to the University of Staffordshire with all the firepower necessary to run their latest Unreal Developer Kit.
Opening up the floor to the community has its positives and its negatives, and in the gaming world you may just be taking your own life in your hands. Runescape developers Jagex have had reaped the rewards with their new community polling system on recent updates, and it seems to be going pretty well.
Plus, if they don’t like it, you have complete deniability – what’s not to like?
In the world of customers satisfaction, the business model of knowing your consumer has been turned on it’s head. Rather than a company knowing what’s best for it’s customers, we’re led to believe that consumers actually know what’s best for themselves. Bonkers, right?
Good thing Valve are giving customers a choice of what they want their Steam Machine to be then.
No, I’m not being sarcastic about Steam being brought to a standstill – a series of DDoS attacks really have kept users out of most of Steam’s utilities over the course of today. Rather, my sarcasm extends to the pair who are mounting these ‘attacks’ and consider themselves hackers, rather than just your average anti-establishmentarian douche with a keyboard and a deathwish.
Anyone could download a DDoS program and assault one of the world’s largest distributor of video games – it’s just that nobody’s stupid enough to do it.