Naturally, keeping the game marketable is a concern -- but it's Matrix's concern. Mine is to get the improvements I want -- not to start acting as unpaid (and probably unwanted) director of product development for Matrix.
It isn't my concern either, but considering that graphics don't play a real role in game dynamics, I just pointed an advantage for it's improval (that would be in my interest).
As for the 'unwanted', well... developers can just ignore what they consider undesirable, be it your suggestion or mine; after all this is a discussion list and people will express opposite opinions and, considering the subject is appropriate, 'unwanted' shouldn't fit.
If anything, I tend to be mildly hostile to such improvements as the ones you outline. Not that they are 'bad' in themselves. It's just that I dread the release of a TOAW IV, chock full of 'improvements' -- none of which interest me.
It's like the successive new versions of Windows. They don't actually offer you anything you particularly need -- but you have to get the new release simply because that becomes become the foundation for all new work. I'd have been perfectly happy sticking with ACOW -- happier, in fact. However, to have done that would simply have rendered any work I did inaccessible to an ever-growing part of the TOAW community. So I had to buy TOAW III. I'll also have to buy TOAW IV. I'd just rather have it contain improvements that I see as critical. New graphic tiles aren't among those.
I'm a new player, but I owned the first version of the game and, even if I never really learned how to play it well, I always searched the net for news about it. I remember that, after it was abandoned, players became desperate to see it come back just to have some patches correcting critical flaws. I don't think we pay for the product in itself, but for the continuous development (patches) of a game we think is worth it.
If the game doesn't renew itself (to be marketable) it will come to a halt at some point... that means: no more patches again.
I don't mean that my suggestions should be followed for such a renewal - for sure they know better than me what is necessary and what is possible -, but that doesn't stop me from expressing them.
You can argue for new tiles. I don't object. It's just not going to be something I'll be pushing for. I feel I can trust Matrix to do what is in their own best interest -- without my help. My concern is to figure out how to get them to do what is in my best interest. Bribery? Cupcakes on David Heath's birthday?
I didn't ask you to push for it; I was just arguing, defending my point of view. I accept very well the fact that graphics aren't a big concern to you and perhaps to a great number of TOAW fans. However, for me it makes difference. Anyway, I didn't ask for new tiles; I just proposed more flexibility in the editor allowing users to use bitmap maps. I don't know if it is easy to implement it or not, but just in case...
Anyway, if cupcakes work better than arguments, I'll consider giving it a try.
Well, just to be clear, I think your counters look pretty good -- which doesn't apply to all the mods I've seen. It also wouldn't bother me at all if Matrix took them up. They just don't address the issues that concern me.
I am not Charlie Hebdo