Thursday, June 04, 2009

you can't please everybody

And sometimes you can't please anybody.

For years, LucasArts has been the target of fanrage that came from the cancelling of Sam & Max: Freelance Police, a sequel to the 1990s adventure game Sam & Max Hit the Road. Loyal adventure game fans felt that the company had turned its back on them in favor of making a quick buck on Star Wars games.

Anytime we put out a new game, there was a very vocal minority of people who would complain on our forums and across the net saying things like "Who cares about Star Wars!!?! Make more Monkey Island games!!"

Well, fast forward to Monday of this week. LucasArts announces the impending release of The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition and Telltale Games' Tales of Monkey Island. While the adventure game fans of LucasArts all seem genuinely happy with the announcement, there's now messages like this on our forums:

"I HATE U LUCASARTS Save Star Wars: Battlefront 3 NOT Monkey Island


So there you go. Make Star Wars: Battlefront? Get yelled at for not making Monkey Island. Make Monkey Island? Get yelled at for not making Battlefront.


EmoRiot said...

I don't like the internets. It's got the same psychological thing going on that makes you more prone to give someone the finger in your car than you would ever be to do it on the street. It removes politeness and elevates people's opinions and boring lives to an unnatural broadcast level... and yes the hypocrisy of me posting this as a comment on a blog is not lost on me. I'm going to go tweet it now, too.

Bug said...

I see what you did there.

But, I totally agree. I wonder if things would be different if the internet had evolved differently so that it was standard to use your full name as an identifier instead of nicknames and strings of masking characters.

EmoRiot said...

Look... Trent Reznor has been thinking about this topic too. In a post about how he's dialing back his social network participation he says this:

"I had thought a while ago about attempting to start a mainstream public forum that required real verification of it's participants for purposes of context. The idea was to have a place where you can actually discuss whatever and have some idea of who you're conversing with. For example, if we were discussing drumming techniques and you can see that someone participating in the discussion is a drum instructor vs. a 13 year old kid Googling answers, you'd have the proper context in which to have a potentially valid discussion. If we were discussing EDLC's heart condition and a real cardiologist speaks up, I'd value his opinion over, say FredFuckFaceWhateverHisLastFuckingNameIs's "opinion". Know what I mean? Anyway, we're in a world where the mainstream social networks want any and all people to boost user numbers for the big selloff and are not concerned with the quality of experience."

Just for the record: I'm a 13 year old kid googling answers.