While developers have an insider’s knowledge of the make-up of their games and access to information and demographics that we do not, it doesn’t mean that gamers’ observations, opinions, and advice is null and void. Having “massively multiplayer” communities creates the opportunity for a whole lot of insights that developers might well have missed — or deliberately ignored.
I think many of us would jump at the opportunity to speak our mind to a dev or dev team. So let’s imagine this scenario today: You get to sit down for a one-on-one with a developer of your choice (say, a creative lead, producer, or lead designer). At the end of your conversation, she asks you for a piece of advice as to what to do for this MMORPG — and promises to act on it as faithfully as she can.
What single piece of advice would you give if you knew it would be heard and at least attempted (if not accomplished)?