Forgive these men who outcry for content and such for they know not what they do! I understand you guys are busy and making videos isn't on the top of your to do list, but I agree with them. I like to smother myself in the content, analyzing frame by frame the stuff that is in the videos and screenshots, and imagining what it's like - the UI (I love UI) and all the options available. I understand the communities cries.
I also understand the devs. Maybe a video might not look so great. Maybe things aren't polished yet - perhaps even they're working the mechanics and not the game itself so it looks like... welll... not so good. Have you guys considered that you may be disappointed by what you see? None the less. Lets give the devs a break. I am sure they have plans on when to release what content. Absence makes the heart grow fonder and they want to keep us hooked. Imagine what it'd be like if there was too much content? What would that be like? "Oh I wanna play this game now! You guys should just release it to the betas now and we'll help you out!" Give it a rest. Devs are very busy people.
I understand both parties. just do as my dad said "Sit down, shut up and wait for the show to start." (we were waiting for ST: TNG to start and I was complaining how the intro credits had begun.)
My experience in production may be limited to college only, but there's still a few things about "gimme ingame video"
There's a saying out there, products are good, fast, and cheap, you only get two. So fi the company doesn't have a bottomless pit of funds, it forces one to take "Cheap" as option one, and then you want a good game too... so you have to forfeit getting something done quickly. The moral of the story: nobody wants to wait and drag this throught he dirt longer than it has to. But Cryptic wants to release something they can be PROUD of, not just to have something "Out there" with their fingers crossed that they'll make profit before customers realize it's crap like windows xp.
Screenshots do come in from time to time, i was particularly amazed how much you can change the miranda and still call it a miranda. When there is something
The game is still in alpha stages, hopefully late alpha. And much of customer opinion is based on what they see and hear. The products probably looks and sounds bad, if there is any sound at all yet.
What i would be afraid of as a cryptic rep inviting an outsider in at this stage is for that person who was expecting to see their favorite starship in all it's shining glor, and see just the filler. no visuals, no sounds, blocky objects filling in for ships and manequins taking the place of every alien species, and that customer saying "This sucks" because everything still looks bad. Publicity would go down fast and STO would be dead, again.
Most of us should know by now that Alpha is where the core game engines and software come into play, where you hit the fire phaser button and you go to condition green... that kind of stuff is alpha problems. Problems that the whole team is finding and fixing before it gets to us. I'm sure we've all played games where things like that happen,and we never played that game again.
Does anyone remember windows XP shipped with over 630 KNOWN problems, and around 30% of them were security flaws that could be exploited by hackers and viruses? Not exactly a good comparisin here, but something that flawed could kill cryptic and that is what they're working on NOT doing.
We all would love more in-game videos and content, and it wouldn't be that hard to plug in a video recorder. But what if the visuals just aren't there yet? then the video wouldn't be good.
And the trailer videos last year? probably animations with pre-models
Honestly, I am appreciative of any kind of content that the developers provide and this article is no exception. Thank you very much for posting this -- it was definitely insightful and it was nice to see things from a somewhat different perspective.
I really appreciate that the time was taken to make this article. It helps us get a picture into how ST:O is made. Just as a side note if you guys never make another video for this game is fine with me. Just as long as you make an awesome game, I can wait.