The Daily Grind: What gives you cause to forgive MMO studios or publishers?

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There are a lot of reasons people have to dislike NCsoft as a publisher. But oddly enough, if you’re a fan of WildStar who has sworn a vow to never forgive the company for shutting that game down, it actually gives NCsoft very little incentive to change in the future. After all, you’re never going to forgive them no matter what; they may as well keep shutting down underperforming games, right? No good will is coming back to them.

Burying the hatchet with a studio that did something bone-headed is always complicated. I knew people who cut ties with Blizzard over the whole RealID fiasco back in the day, and I myself promised that so long as that was going on, I’d not spend a dime on any of the company’s products. Then it did get reversed, and that changed my willingness to spend money on them… but it was still some time before I did so.

We all have reasons why we’re willing to say that a certain publisher or studio is no longer entitled to our money. But what gives you cause to change that stance and forgive the studio or publisher? Or do you figure that once someone is on the “no” list, it’s a permanent spot?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!
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