The developers behind 7 Days To Die do like to tease us and then repeatedly go silent now don't they? Here's the latest on what's going on and it's not good as usual.
I have for the second time been banned from a forum of theirs due to their community moderators complete inability to moderate a discussion and this moderator proceeded to blame the entire Linux community which is a very sad thing:
QuoteSince the Linux crowd can not act in a mature manner, any further insults, derogatory comments, and slander will be met with severe repercussions, there will be no further warnings on this matter.
If you remember I kicked up a bit of a stink
with the developers for how let down I personally felt along with the thoughts of their many Linux Kickstarter
backers for their complete and utter silence on the Linux port. They said on their Kickstarter they hoped to have the Linux version out in two months which of course didn't happen.
Once they took notice of how unhappy I was they finally responded in that linked article above were for some reason one of their programmers stated they had to do the Linux version in their spare time
...what? Again this only came up as I kept at them to keep their promises. I still struggle to fathom why a developer has to work on something in his spare time that was one of the projects original goals.
Here's a moderator stating that fact again:
QuoteActually, you're ticking developers off and making outrageous and unsupported claims tends to fuel the exact opposite reaction. The developers are trying to work around 3rd party code that isn't available/working on linux. One developer was kind enough to say he would put addition effort forth IN HIS SPARE TIME and you pooped all over him.
So, getting a developer to be honest is ticking them off? That's new. I'm also not entirely sure how I
"pooped all over him" either.
They have now locked the entire Linux topic on their Steam forum and banned me from that stating this to me personally:
QuoteYour stink is having the opposite effect of that you would like achieved. You are being detrimental to all those who wish to actually see this ported and working on Linux.
Only I can see that FYI on my banned panel. I completely disagree, as it forced them to actually be open with the Linux community which paying customers including myself deserved.
Here's a nice picture to also show the childish message I personally got from the moderator on 7 Days To Die's official Steam forum:
"Stink on this", just wow.
Yet another ban later and more stink and what happens? They have now given the reasons for the delay!
QuoteLinux bugs are in fact worked out of the game and it is very playable, but broken code in a 3rd party .dll (the Steam wrapper for Linux) is keeping it from release. If we released it as-is and Linux users couldn't host a game there would be backlash. With that, we can not release a port without proper Steam support, as large portions of our game depend on it.
So originally it was an API preventing a 64bit version, but now they are stating it's their entire Steam wrapper plugin. They seem to like changing their mind.
The moderator also stated this:
QuoteTFP are hoping the company coding the 3rd party wrapper get more in-gear and complete the portion Linux relies on. In the meantime they are considering switching the wrapper (for *all* platforms - Windows, Mac and Linux) to a different one if that doesn't happen.
So, this plugin developer for all we know may take another year to bring their wrapper to Linux. Just how long will they wait and keep Linux users waiting?
I'm not sure why a developer would leave it nearly a year to decide to possibly
change what plugin they use that is preventing a platform getting its promised version.
So, how exactly is my personal frustrations with them along with a large amount of other Linux users "detrimental" when it does get them to open up? I'm confused as it has given us the exact desired effect in forcing them to be honest. Something all developers should be to their paying customers is honest from the start.
This whole situation stinks and "The Fun Pimps" will not be getting a penny from me in future. I suggest you steer away from anything developed by "The Fun Pimps" since it's quite glaringly obvious they don't care since they have to be forced
into updating us. I've spoken before about Bad Ports and Why the porting method doesn't matter, but this has to be the first time I've actually wanted to steer people away from a developer. Such a shame I personally really wanted to play the game and was terribly excited when the Kickstarter came out (I even backed it!).
I know it's hard in times like this not to get angry, but we (Linux gamers) should always remain polite to developers no matter how strongly you feel about something.
: It seems that same moderator Red Eagle is now claiming more Linux users are throwing insults and talking down about Linux due to the claimed user-base size from Steam's hardware survey (which we tell you every single time not to use as an actual statistic!), see my comment here
That moderator needs to be fired. At least the other moderator JAGA is actually trying to help and get answers for the community. The worst thing you could do when you have a platform waiting on a promised version is have a moderator constantly talk down to customers waiting. This is just shocking.