BioWare Forums Negativity Causes Lead Writer to Avoid Them
Writing a good story is difficult. Writing a good story and then subjecting your work to the scrutiny of the masses has got to be much worse. David Gaider, lead writer for Dragon Age, appears to agree. In a recent blog post, Gaider responded to a fan worried that the negative comments on the BioWare forums were being perceived as the “opinion of the masses.” Gaider detailed his thoughts on the BSN, BioWare Social Network, and his view was almost as negative as some of the comments found there. Included in his thoughts was an admission that he doesn’t visit the BioWare forums all that much right now and that the feedback given there is making the BioWare forums “Increasingly Toxic”.
“I tend to largely avoid [the BioWare forums] these days, myself. Why? Because spending too much time there starts to make me feel negative—not just about the games we make, but about myself and life in general. That’s not a good feeling to have. I’m sure there are folks there who would bristle at that comment, suggesting that all negative feedback is justifiable and that ignoring it is the equivalent of us sticking our heads in the sand. How will we ever improve unless we listen to their scolding and take our lumps like good little developers? That is, of course, ignoring the idea that we haven’t already digested a mountain of feedback—both positive and negative—and there’s really only so much of it you can take.”
Gaider also went on to explain that there are some very positive discussions that come out of the BioWare forums and he is sure that most internet forums have some negativity to them, but lately the BioWare forums themselves seem to be overwhelmed with negativity. The full blog post is really worth a read as it gives a rare glimpse of the impact of our feedback on those that create some of the titles we all love playing.
What do you think? Should the creatives behind a project pay attention to all feedback for do you agree with Gaider that there is a point where enough is enough? Leave your comments below!