But the best real evidence I can think of? A few years ago E3 decided to scale back it's fan interactions dramatically. They had a show where it was exclusively reporters, no booth babes, no vendors and few games. And it was terrible. Devs, like blizz, need to showcase games.
People are going to complain regardless.
People will and have complained that information comes out too slow, or that they aren't getting enough.
Blizzard are pressured into giving information way too early, and you can see what happens there.
Those who are happy are less vocal than those complaining.
Those complaining loudest are doing so simply because they can, not because they have a good reason to.
It won't do anything to reduce the number of complaints, because they will just move onto something else.
It is hard to believe, I know, but we are not mad because they decided to push a feature or a leveling zone to some later date. I am mad at them because they lied about it. They tried to cover it up and failed. And I doubt they will apologise for lying.
They need to be honest. When they decide to push something, they need to say: "We decidced to push this on to a later date because we think it will work the best this way."
That is all I need of them. I don't think it is too much of a company to demand some honesty and integrity. I don't want them to come and say: "Oh btw, this is coming at later date, we thought you already knew that, we decided that like more than a year ago, but then forgot to mention anything about it, and still presented it, as if it is coming together with the rest."
I want Blizzard to be honest, open, and up-front. Not shady liars. And that has nothing to do with features at Blizzcon. Features at Blizzcon are just a sacrificial lamb at this point, a straw-man meant to deter the anger away from Blizzard.
They should announce only the features that will certainly make it into game which requires a bit better assessment and management.
People will complain if they announce stuff and it gets cut.
People will complain, if they don't announce stuff, buy the xpac and claim they wouldn't have purchased had they known.
To sum up people will complain either way, so damned if they do and damned if they don't.
One thing that does get on my t1ts is people stating they 'promise' things.
No! They never have and never will, it's how they cover their backs and rightly so. Get over it. It is a shame when cool stuff is changed e.g. Karabor and bladespire, but well sh1t happens.
Data mining has go crazy and I see people's point about well don't read mmo then, but I don't think people understand wow is an mmo and as such I hear more from guildies and often trade to thinks its naive to say if I don't read mmo it will all be a complete surprise.
I just wish they could cut the datamining, reduce 'beta' size and enforce better NDA's
I think there is more anger about how they went about it then it actually being cut.
Always remember, you're the sperm that won!
Blizz should just keep announcing features at Blizzcon (Hyping up their upcoming releases is the whole point of it after all), but they should be more careful how they make changes to the game/upcoming releases known, Twitter is NOT a good way to drop a disappointment on players, they should use a blog post so they have more than 140 characters to explain the reasoning behind the change...
For every 1 person that posts on the forums upset about a change, there are 100,000 that don't care, and are still thinking about all the other neat stuff they saw at Blizzcon.
Don't confuse a small group making a lot of noise with a genuine outcry against something.
The last change that Blizzard made that I saw a genuine outcry against was when they wanted to make all communication on the forums/etc use real names - and we're talking years ago for that.