Photo-Receptor Focus on: The Answer is 42.
Today is my 42nd article for this column. I mention this only because everyone knows that “42” is a most significant number. I mean it’s the answer to the meaning of life, right? At least, those who ask a question in voice or chat will often get this answer.
For instance, when we ask Bioware when we will get new content, they might as well answer “42”. Because the answer we get instead is that vague and basically meaningless word “soon”.
More after the jump…
Well, to be fair, they did say “fall” for Free to Play. That gives us about a three-month span we can expect that content to go live. But we are now three weeks out from the beginning of fall. So, shouldn’t we be getting a firmer date?
I have to tell you: the “soon”s and “near future”s in the gaming community drive me nuts.
My idea of “soon” is within a week, at the latest. “Soon” is not months. I think I’m joined by others who also are weary of “soon”. That’s probably why Bioware switched to a specific time frame. But, I’m telling you, a three-month span is only marginally better. Very marginally.
Now, you don’t need to write comments telling me that they have very, very good reasons for using these vague and unsatisfying terms. I’m quite aware of the various reasons. But knowing why and liking it are two different things. Especially when we have a dearth of new content in a game that desperately needs it.
And I wouldn’t mind “fall” so much if they were speaking in the far future. “This content is planned for Spring, 2013” would be fine. But we also need more specific info, like “Our next update will go live at the end of next month.”
Seems to me, that the closer one gets to the release of the content, the more narrow the time frame should be. They could eve use countdowns to their benefit. And that means they need specific dates to allow those countdowns to happen. Think of the hype and excitement they could generate by using countdowns.
So this week’s plea is for Bioware to use more concrete dates and time frames. Please don’t say things like “more content faster”. Faster than four months isn’t very specific. Please don’t be vague. Because if you are, you might as well just say “42”.
That’s my two credits. What’s yours?