Not opening the floodgates

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Community relations has been one of the hot subjects on the Bethesda Games Fallout 3 forum, so it’s not surprising that Community Manager Matt “Gstaff” Grandstaff has produced a few more posts than usual. Let’s start with this one, about linking to TheVault, the Fallout Wikia run by Ausir:

I sent a PM over to Blinzler, which I neglected to save (sorry), but basically, we haven’t put up the anything about the Vault wiki because we are still working on what we’re gonna do as it relates to the lore stuff on the Fallout series.
To this point on the official site, there’s not a place to link to such a site.

Other answers to statements made on this post:

GStaff, please ask if it is okay to post how large the character limit on player dialogue is. Then post it. Surely something as small as that couldn’t hurt.

I believe Todd is addressing dialogue in the Q&A we’re putting out soon. Once that’s out, we can always see about getting clarification.

I for one would rather see information in a steady trickle and towards the end this trickle turning into a waterfall, so you’d still have the full media-attention.

To be fair, beginning with the concept art we put out a few months, there has been a trickle of information coming out. Personally, I think there’s been a fair amount of information to digest. I completely understand how many of you, those who have been following Fallout for a decade, want to have as much information as possible, but given that guys are still hard at work on the game, we’re not opening the floodgates at this time.

And replying to a sarcastic topic started by Lumpy:

Sarcasm understood, but obviously, we’re not catering to trends of how a game should be made 10 years later. We’re simply putting out a title that represents how we want to make Fallout. Some people will embrace our take, others probably won’t….we can’t stop that.

More on the Bethesda Games Fallout 3 forum.

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11 thoughts on “Not opening the floodgates

  1. Some people will embrace our take, others probably won’t….we can’t stop that.

    Brother None, please come and show us your anger. Remember: it’s Gstaff speaking. Again!

    Some people will embrace our take, others probably won’t….we can’t stop that.

    C’mon… 😉

  2. One of those jokers on the Bethesda forum defended Grandstaff stating that “he posts on the forum, unlike a lot of other community managers. He’s a great community manager!” or something like it.

    Seriously, community manager is one easy job. I should change career tacks. He doesn’t do anything.

    I replied to his “our take” remark, he oddly ignored this:
    Really? It represents how *you* want to make Fallout? Well, even ignoring the fact that, y’know, you *didn’t* make Fallout, your take is shockingly uninspired. At least the “just going with the mainstream” philosophy shows some economic acumen, but if this is how you want to make games then, well…wow.

  3. Thanks for the link Ausir, I’ll make a blogpost about it later today.

    Gstaff has a small reply to your post BN, clarifying he meant a Fallout game (Fallout 3).

    He’s trying to shake things up, and I support Blintzer’s efforts on moving things forward, but we shouldn’t expect any miracles.

    When Gstaff joined them the script for the PR and marketing and the timeline for it was already made, and they just aren’t very flexible, it’s a corporate culture thing, I suspect, so again I don’t expect great changes.

  4. so they asked Ausir for the Fallout Wiki DB and now they’re adding their own?

    Ausir, I guess turnabout would be fair play in this case. Once their own wiki goes up introducing the new FO3 stuff you should just import it to The Vault wholesale.

  5. “Ausir, I guess turnabout would be fair play in this case. Once their own wiki goes up introducing the new FO3 stuff you should just import it to The Vault wholesale.”

    Definitely, if they indeed make a wiki of their own and include new stuff there, I’ll simply add it to The Vault as well. Although I think that they actually aren’t too keen on making it a wiki – they’ll probably just make a static database of Fallout lore based on some of the wiki articles.

  6. I have never really understood why their are these “community managers”. EA is known to threat community managers as shit, I’ve heard this from a acquintance.

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