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What's the first thing that you think of when someone says, "developers"? If you're like me, the first thing you think of is this:

Ok, so let's hope you're not like me.

Joking aside, what is it that comes to mind? The first time I asked myself this question, I actually wasn't sure. The only thing I'd ever think of was the spacetime symbol. (The two blue circles with the black background.) This really got me thinking, as many things often do. Is this what everyone thinks of when the word, "developer" is used? If so, we may have a slight problem. After all the developers are not just spacetime symbols. They're real people with real lives just like you and I. It seems to me that we, as a community, don't always see them this way. In fact, I'd venture to say that there are two extremes people tend to go to when someone mentions the developers.

The first is a tendency to view them as robots. They're just mindless programs here to please us with updates and content 24/7. This is often why people will say things about the developers that they would never say in real life. Admittedly, I've been in this boat in the past and said some pretty harsh things about the devs, myself. All of which I wish I could take back.

The other tendency is to view the devs as some kind of almighty Gods who never make any mistakes. This certainly isn't true at all and problems can come from this mindset. First of all, it puts the devs on a pedestal and causes higher expectations for new content than is even reasonable. Not only that but it can also intimidate people from sharing their honest opinions on new releases. It's ok to share your thoughts! The developers like to hear feedback on their content because, as I said, they are not Gods. Many times they are uncertain just exactly what it is the community wants. This doesn't mean we should bombard the devs with angry feedback, but constructive criticism is never a bad thing when handled gently.

So what would be the proper view of the devs? Well, I would submit that the proper view is something along the lines of an employer/boss at work. They can certainly be your friend, but that doesn't mean they're less in charge. They make the decisions, not us. We need to respect their authority, and even trust it, but not to the point where we blindly accept everything.

Why am I sharing these thoughts? Well, it occurred to me that a lot of people have been very frustrated with the devs in the last few months, and even the last year. The reason is frankly because of Arcane Legends. Most players from any of the original three games (PL, SL, DL) pretty much feel abandoned. Many people are under the impression that the devs made the game purely for extra income and then said, "Goodbye, suckers!" And left their older games to just rot.

This simply isn't the case. Remember when I said the devs are people just like us? Well, it's true. They get up in the morning, work hard during the day, and sleep at night, just like anyone else. This is difficult because their work is our game. Think about the magnitude of that statement. Their work is our game. Their way of putting food on the table, paying the bills, buying pizza on the weekends, and visiting their grandparents over the holidays is all determined by the few hours of many people's free time. This means that it's crucial for them to invest their time in what will benefit them the most financially, all the while trying to please everyone and allow them to enjoy the game. This is no easy task.

Put yourself in a dev's shoes for a moment and ask yourself, "Would you be doing anything too different from what the devs are doing right now?" If yes, I'd certainly like to hear it. If you're like me, however, I imagine the answer is probably no.

So, all of this to say, maybe it's time we appreciated the devs a little more, and complained a little less. Let's appreciate what they've given us, what they're still giving us, and what many amazing things are awaiting us in the future. C'mon guys. Let's not repeat 2013. Let's let this year be a lot more joyful and constructive. We have some pretty cool devs who are just like us.

Well, that's enough thinking for now, I suppose. It's time to go jam to some music on my new beats headphones.

Peace out

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  1. SillyJuan's Avatar
    2014 will be a better year for Pl !
  2. MightyMicah's Avatar
    I certainly hope so!
  3. LukaTM's Avatar
    hello. I'm surprised