I'm sorry that I'm going to once more post on this tangent, but I feel it's worth saying this. After this, I won't comment on this off-topic issue in this thread again.
|Mr Khan said:
We're perfectly allowed to have vocal disagreements with users over what we personally perceive as bad opinions. He just took issue with a specific part of your post (a different one than the one I felt was particularly well-conceived).
I had no issue with his vocal disagreement (beyond me disagreeing with his disagreement). I had issue with how he chose to express that disagreement. There are plenty of ways that he could have expressed the same disagreement without the phrase he chose to use, a rather crude and somewhat offensive one.
From my experience back when I was a moderator on The Wiire's forums (and I'm betting that you've noticed something similar here), it is essential that moderators maintain the respect of the community. Otherwise, community meltdowns can occur (and one actually did on The Wiire - a staff member decided to greatly disrespect a number of members of the community at a time when I was asleep, so when I got online, I then had to deal with the fallout and fix the problem; the only reason I was able to fix it at all was that the community, even the people with whom I disagreed vehemently, respected me). This respect can only be earned through being respectful even when disagreeing with people within the community. And in my opinion, Torillian chose the path that was not respectful - not only did he use a rather inappropriate phrase to attack me, but he didn't even have the decency to attack me directly - he did it indirectly by responding to you. He treated me like I was dirt, and that is not an attitude that engenders respect.
Let me put it another way - if you can't moderate yourself, then you shouldn't be a moderator (the "you" here is the generic "you", not you, Mr Khan - I actually quite respect your moderation, from what I've seen so far).
Anyway, since I have a personal policy of not posting completely off-topic posts in a thread, I'll make a comment here that's on-topic. This Dark Souls producer made a statement that he couldn't possibly know with any certainty. Instead, he is asserting based on preconceptions and assumptions - preconceptions that are based on nothing, since nothing even remotely resembling Dark Souls is currently on the Wii U, and thus the market for the game is completely untested. He cannot know what the audience on the Wii U is like in comparison with the audience for Dark Souls. And you know what happens when you assume? You make an arse of yourself.
In 2007, most people would have said that the Wii audience was dramatically different from the Monster Hunter audience. Then Capcom made Monster Hunter for the Wii, and it sold better than any previous home console Monster Hunter. Most people would have said in 2002 that the Gamecube audience was nothing like the Resident Evil audience. Then Resident Evil 4 sold to something like one in ten Gamecube owners.
If he had made the argument that he didn't have any inspiration for a way to make a Dark Souls game that leverages the Wii U, and that the audience already have either a PS3 or 360, I'd probably have just shrugged it off - to be honest, I have no interest in Dark Souls, myself. But the fact that he made the argument that the audience is different demonstrates a profound lack of intelligence on his part.