Colin- there was one sentiment to your editorial that really spoke to me. The whole notion that "the fans are not always right" and that they should be careful what they wish for. I look at Metallica. If they had catered to fans' wishes are made "...And Justice for All part 2" they would NOT have broken out into the mainstream and gotten the incredible success they did with Black album. Sure "tr00, hardcore" fans cried foul about it and abandoned them, but you know what? If Metallica had made another "Justice," those same fans would have said, "Eh, this is the same-old same-old. Metallica is growing stale, trite, and out of ideas, doing the same shit over and over again. I'm over them. I'm gonna abandon them for the next cool band." So because Metallica did what they wanted to do, they achieved greater success than any of their contemporaries. "Tr00" fan be damned, because they have thousands of new ones to make up for losing you.
Unless, the whole "fan feedback" thing is all a ruse to make it think that the fans have a voice and quell them while, behind closed doors, doing exactly what they want to do. It could be all business politics. Every businessman and politician spouts rhetoric that you want to hear and makes you think they're listening to you, when in reality the pat on the back they're giving you is a "kick me" sign. Or while a corporate fatcat is shaking hands with you, his houseboy is picking your pocket.
I'm intrigued by conspiracy theories. Can you tell?
I said this in the FFVII remake thread. If Square Enix listens to fan feedback and make it so that Aeris lives, then the whole story would either turn to shit or just be so different, so far removed from the source material that the outcry would be, "This is NOT Final Fantasy VII!!!"
All this being said, a part of me does buy into the hype that FFXV and the FFVII remake are make-or-break for the company.
i think it's not so much that the fan isnt always right, but that the people they are listening too may not be fans. or the type who's first FF game was 13.
i think gaming is in a weird spot right now. a lot of people are gonna be exiting the target demograph soon if they havent already. yet those people can be extremely vocal if a dev tries to ignore them and shift to the younger generation.