The Big ChickenApril 4, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Posted in Guild Wars, Guild Wars 2, mmorpg | 8 Comments
Tags: Guild Wars, Guild Wars 2, MMO, mmorpg
I really have to commend Arenanet on this years April Fool’s Day. A lot of time and effort went into it, and it wasn’t just some tossed off joke that has been done before. It was original, funny, and was probably one of the best gaming industry pranks in the past couple years. I mean they really committed with interviews, webpages, and of course the Guild Wars quest that was added.
That’s why the blog post up at Arenanets blog caught my attention today. It was interesting to get a peak inside how it all came together.
It answered a few peoples questions, some were commenting that Arenanet should spend more time working on the game, and less on superfluous nonsense. My first reaction was ‘Killjoys’. Nothing good happens without someone complaining about it. Which sounds funny coming from me, but anyhow, the blog in no uncertain terms stipulates that the prank was worked on in the free time of various employees.
Which seems like common sense, but even before the blog post Community Manager Martin Kerstein had commented.
because we have fun doing something like this in our spare time?
With the blog post today, people started commenting that the complaints must have prompted it. Martin responded with this.
we have been in this industry long enough, we knew those comments would come up. We had this planned from the start.
I don’t know whether to be happy or sad about this. Happy that Arenanets community team is on the ball, or sad that they knew all the quality work they put into something would end up causing some kind of stupid backlash. Humanity fail.
I just want to put my personal thanks out there to the people that worked on the project. It was a genuine surprise and a good laugh.
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