Today marks the final day of Developer Appreciation Week for 2015. Lots of folks around the blogosphere have been thanking Developers in games that have made a difference in their life (even a small one) left and right.
While there have been many games I've played that have made a difference in my life, whether they be console, handheld, or one-shot computer games, I would like to specifically thank the MMO developers out there.
Why? Belghast said it best:
I have a hard time viewing these companies as the evil empires they are made out to be. No one sets out wanting to make a horrible product, and no one deserves to feel like they are hated by the people that are supposed to be their fans.So, without further ado, here are my thank yous to the following development teams, in no particular order (well, the ones I'm playing currently are the first three).
WildStarDD and Buster for being able to take time out of their personal schedules on a weekend to sign in game and help with a player run event (ThaydFest). I've not known other devs that would do the same--hopping in TS and following directions from players to make an event super awesome special.
The Secret World
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn
Star Trek Online
While I don't particularly play this often, I have a soft spot for everything and anything Star Trek (yep, I'm a Trekkie, though I do enjoy some Star Wars every so often). What this development team has done with the game is expand upon lore that is both relevant and important, and I can't say enough to be able to be a part of a world I grew up always wanting to be a part of. They have done a great service to both the Trek community and IP, and they deserve major props for keeping things as cannon as possible amongst all the versions of the IP they incorporate. This is a game I'd love to get back into occasionally.
World of Warcraft
As many would say, this was my "gateway" into the world of MMOs and spending time with a community of players that was close-knit. It's what got me into blogging initially--for wanting to break out of my shell. So while I have parted from WoW, I will always thank the developers for a lot of things--a way to bond with my husband when we first started dating, a way to make new friends, a reason to move to Georgia for graduate school, and a way to start coming out of my shell and trying to make myself a better person. So, thank you. For being a very big chapter of my life as I transitioned from undergrad to graduate school and a huge change in life moving away from home.
And to developers in general, I'd like to thank you all for everything you've done. And know that even if we QQ a lot, deep down, we have a lot of reasons to thank you for making our lives better in so many different ways.