So, after all was done and said about my Radian 6 research project, an interesting tidbit occured…
True to gaming culture, after the project is essentially due, a new wave of ‘What the hell?!’ has occured in regard to Marvel vs. Capcom 3. Apparently, Mortal Kombat 9 (a rival fighting game) was just released, and now the fighting is beginning over which game is better. Now, obviously the answer is whichever game you prefer is better. However, the trolls of the internet have emerged to once again, make one think otherwise.
It just dawned on me: when we discussed trolls of the internet, we never really discussed some of the impact they can have beyond making 13 year old girls cry. I can honestly say this didn’t dawn on me until the last article analysis post was published. The trolls of MK9 have decided to take it upon themselves to ‘attack’ the trolls of MvC3. What has emerged as a result are a couple of in depth conversations about what BOTH games strengths, faults, silly things, and improvements could be. In this regard, troll can actually contribute a lot more than harm. However, these occurrences are few and far between.
I find this particularly interesting because my analysis of MvC3 suggests a need for companies to get more involved in social media. According to the peanut gallery (I don’t personally play the MK series, so I’m going off an extensive combination of here-say), MK9 took crowdsourcing to the extreme: the game director took NOTHING but opinions and feedback from the gaming community to create a game-characters, design, outfits-you name it, we made it. The result?
Almost the EXACT SAME THING AS MVC3. The complaints and criticisms are almost the exact same. The only real difference is the discussion of game gore, which is a trademark of the MK franchise. A MK without gore is like a jelly donut without filling: where’s the ‘good stuff’?! That aside…
I’m starting to wonder if this is just an uphill battle for gaming companies. In the case of MvC3, they partially crowdsourced, using survey information and trying to keep aspects of the game within the company’s control. In the case of MK9, everything was decided by the gaming community. Regardless of which tickles your fancy, the gaming community still exhibits very mixed feelings, and in general the games receive positive feedback with very specific criticisms. Should the idea of crowdsourcing remain where it is (a combination of crowdsourcing and company intention), or should they become fully immersed (use social media to allow gamers to make the game they want)?
The only thing this brings up that bothers me is why people who support MvC3 insist on going to MK9 forums to complain, and vice versa. Why in the world are you going to the opposition and starting fights? *sigh*