Lessons From 2013 #3: Reading Too Far


Can we agree to stop reading into every little comment made by developers as cryptic hints or confirmations? One such case that many of you may remember from this year is back in March when John Smedley said “we like permadeath for EQN” when responding to a question on Twitter. When Dave Georgeson confirmed that Smedley was simply giving his opinion on permadeath and that the feature was not coming to Everquest Next, players accused Smedley of lying or deliberately misleading players.

The lesson? It doesn’t matter what you say or how clearly you say it, gamers will find a way to deliberately misinterpret it and complain.

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