Mmh; well. The blog seems to be filling rapidly with that they nowadays call 'ND plants'.
There even is a guy claiming to be a tester and saying that ND has been playable for 'perhaps' over a year.
I for one know thats bullshit and after checking DaveL's reply on this matter I'd just have to say that although he says that noone has left after january 2006 he does not speak about the time before that.
And that is what interests me. It's clearly nice and political speech here. Why tell the truth when you can sculpt it?
Did you have sexual relations with that girl Mr.President? "I did not have sexual relations with that girl after january 2006".
What I don't get is why so many people just do not get the point. It's not about ND, it's not about the community. It's about a couple of people who seem to have a 'do or die' attitude about making ND a success and trying to take the world with it in it's wake.
Senseless overhyping and useless advertising. Let me allow myself to quote someone on halflife2.net:
For all the PR savvy, you might have realized by now that your goal of being media darlings is counteracted somewhat by your acting like the amateur corporate version of Chairman Mao?
There is a massive difference between fame and infamy.
Do you understand this difference?
DaveL doesn't seem to understand it, given that he's "promoted" your mod with the following.
Repeatedly. Continuing even today:
-Legal Threats Against Critics.
-Non-Legal Threats Against Critics.
-David Manning-esque Fraud.
-Large-scale and Clandestine Censorship of Criticism.
Is this your Public Relations?
The only relation I'm seeing is your foot stamping on the public's voicebox.
Was the utterly shameless self promotion not enough?
Seriously, it wasn't enough to actually go to the magazine and say "please write about us", so you needed fake screenshots to seal your iron grip on your customers?
It's not enough to hire a dozens of people to say they love you, but you need to sue and delete everyone who isn't a whore?
Besides this I would just like to add that alot of other mod teams are against ND. Mainly because of it's recruitment policy and the way how it tries to go on and 'corner' the market.
We are talking a bout modification here! Not a real game! Why would you deploy full fledged game development advertising and propoganda posts besides rumour marketing for a non-profit game?
Isnt it a 'tad' overkill?
It just seems that someone dared to speak up; and now the real world has shown itself. The ND plants, the anti-DaveL and Crispy people, the anti-ND people and the people who just don't care.
As I said before some time on halflife2.net (before crispy decided to attack my posts) "the halflife 2 mod community has lost all of it's innocence with the arrival of ND".
To make things clear; even though I work at a mod (forsaken) I do not speak in it's name and this post has nothing to do with the mod or the rest of the team. Just incase someone will try to point a finger at a possible 'dev team grudge'. Because this is MY opinion; and I have already experienced DaveL, Crispy and ND propoganda to the fullest. And I would like to save the community we still have; from it's shameless advertising tricks.
I would want to wish the best to the people who actually make the magic happen behind ND. To it's mappers, it's modellers, it's animators and it's texturers. And I am saddened by the fact that the team lead has decided to go this far.