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The Daily Grind: Would you prefer more developer transparency?


There is undeniable truth in the idea that we as gamers constantly want to know what our developers are working on; we just can't get enough, and we have a growing need to be "in the loop." To attempt to fill the void that most studios create, we dedicate time to our games' test servers and speculate in online forums to feed our addictions -- some of us even post "walls-o'-text" in hopes that one day our favorite dev will take a look at our ideas and turn them into reality.

On the flip side, some studios are taking an "open door" approach and ask that their devs post in the forums, tweet WIP photos, and connect with the community. Some of these devs even post in ideas threads and give feedback. And on even more rare occasions, they might like your idea so much that they buy it off of you or hire you (true story over at Star Trek Online with ThomastheCrypticCat).

As you can tell, both approaches bring up questions worth pondering. Do you like developers to be transparent with things they are working on or would you rather be surprised and plagued by anticipation? If they talk about something that is coming out but then becomes delayed, how does that make you feel? Do you follow any of the dev trackers religiously? Has any of you had your ideas come to life in your favorite game?

Every morning, the Massively bloggers probe the minds of their readers with deep, thought-provoking questions about that most serious of topics: massively online gaming. We crave your opinions, so grab your caffeinated beverage of choice and chime in on today's Daily Grind!

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