At the end of last year we did a poll for the readers of this blog, to see who was the most popular member of official Acclaim team in 2009, the real team ( form by Acclaim employees : Game Masters, head of Game Master, Game Manager and the storyteller of 9dragons game). The readers of this blog voted on this poll, so the results are based on their votes. The results look like this :
Acclaim Stone = 1%
Acclaim Smoke = 1%
Acclaim Nevermore = 7%
TheHermit = 9%
Acclaim Acid = 15%
Acclaim Sparda = 57%
Below I will try to explain the dynamics and the resolution of readers vote.
Acclaim Smoke and Acclaim Stone are a discreet ‘presence’ noted by 9dragons community by the very fact that they are hardly noticed. They are a discreet presence in strong contradiction with the exuberance of 9dragons virtual life. Outside the appearances dictated by Acclaim ‘protocol’ I remember only a few “buz-es” from them on 9dragons forum.
Acclaim Nevermore on Nirvana is not a model of beauty from folktales, but he is known by a travel ‘initiative’ in 9dragons land, which gives his, the status of a ‘cool’ GM. He is a flat character, but evolves during work and at the end he meets the human qualities of a tolerance man who has the ability to mediate conflicts.
Acclaim Acid is the head of Game Masters . He , also, was in year 2009 a discreet presence, he prefer to be the man behind the game, working in the shadow. Regarded as a symbol by VGM team, he always ‘gives’ importance to the top moments of 9dragons virtual life. He brings Acclaim and community together and sometimes emphasizes community point of view.
TheHermit is 9dragons Acclaim storyteller. After the interview, we published on this blog, his popularity among our readers, fell greatly. He is just a myth, a story to load the burden of players discontent. Behind the story of Hermit, things are very simple: he has been recreated to absorb players complaints and to dress in new and positive clothes Acclaim. The recipe is very simple: take a Hermit, a story, an event, bring all to Acclaim and ‘bake’ them till they are ready to be ‘eaten’. But, the background of unhappiness from players is too big and the story failed. You can’t fool a child to go to sleep with a story if you didn’t feed him with food before.He will start to cry from hunger and he will not pay any attention to your story. Exact same thing happened with TheHermit. Aside from the fact that he is a controversial figure, used by few Acclaim employees ( who are hiding behind the image of Hermit), unfortunately he failed to meet the needs of the community, and now his story of its charm become dry and his heroes don’t have charisma at all.
TheHistorian is the typical ‘Bollywood’ hero.When the whole country is dying of hunger and poverty, he sings of his deep love and dance. In the morning when he wakes up, he puts his glasses with 10 diopters and logs on 9Dragons forum. First, he checks if his sheeps (official team of moderators) have made the daily fill of locks, delete, move to trash topics.Than, he ensure that all players who posts on forum play on Acclaim choir and have the same Acclaim CD to dance on.If someone deviates from the rhythm :FORUM BAN.More serious are the moments in which someone like sedbona (me), Legend, vennus and community leaders wants to change his tune and rhythm of dance…
He convokes an emergency meeting of moderators and VGMs ‘Communist Party’ on MSN and order them:
– Dear Comrades, those are my enemy and ours, they are Acclaim haters, I want them hunted and destroyed. Use all possible means, bring all your alternative avatars guys! These people put in danger my dictatorship, if they will survive, all of you will cease to exist.
After the meeting, he put another mask and goes to the players forum ‘plaza’:
– My dear players, now begins a new era of my reintegration. I promise the next year things will change for the better, I will make new promotions at the item mall, I will raise the prices of items, I will sell everything I could’t sell before. My dear players, those who had the courage to say that you are not satisfied, will be exiled and banned! I assure you will be happy and play well for Acclaim on yours money!
Than in his mind : ‘ I F****** ( misspell, no idea what word it is used :)…) YOU ALL!’
Well Historian, ‘I came, sow and done it’. But was an epic failure for you. I hope this year you will start act like a real community manager and you will stop being mediocre.
Acclaim Sparda won popularity prize for 2009. He has been noted by players for his sensitivity, his job acumen and his personal popularity. He is affectionately called «Kane» by many players. Kane pursued till now a good Acclaim policy for players based on a philosophy of helping the players, loving them, making events to enjoy and talking nice to them. In game, he wants implemented changes long discussed but never added, among them, the pvp balance. He is set about winning hearts and minds of players. Europeans likes him too, he is active on Bardo server when it is his shift turn. He’s being honored for, really reconnecting Acclaim to the world of players. His achievements are in the “good intentions” category, but that doesn’t mean they are insignificant. Acclaim is too unpopular under Historian. The poll is expressing a collective sigh of relief that a GM has rejoined the players consensus.
Now debate people!
PS : these are my ideas on the poll votes and this article contains accents of a plamfet, so enjoy it!