If I were alone in saying that this is the wrong way to go about it, you might have a valid point. The fact is SEVERAL people have expressed their displeasure at Matrix making their past customers wait, on the hope that they will get more customers through retail, WHICH THEY HAVE ADMITTED DID NOT WORK IN THE PAST. So why treat your loyal customers like this to do something YOU KNOW doesnt work?
Thats the whole point. If it were really something that would make a difference, I could see it, but WE ALL KNOW that retail does not work for wargames. As someone said in another post "Never has. Never will"
It is irelevant now, as Matrix has already made the mistake. Hopefully, when retail sale ar not want they hoped for, and because of these comments, they will not make this mistake again.
Its 4 days! Can you wait that long?
SURE, but it has been a month,.... not 4 days, since the DD should have been available.
I understand your point, and so some extent agree w/you. Those of us that have been supporting Matrix for a number of years aren't getting the preferred treatment on this one game. However, Matrix has made a business decision to attempt to get as much exposure for this title as they possibly can. If that means a number of us who are able actually have to go to a store if we want immediate gratification, so be it. Especially if it brings more people into the wargaming, I mean strategy, community.
I agree, IF it would bring more people into the wargaming community. But it wont. This has been tried over and over and over by so many wargaming companies it has become a joke. TURN BASED WARGAMES DO NOT SELL WELL IN RETAIL. RTS games are doing ok, becasue they give the mainstream gamers the "going faster means winning" type of game play that turned based wargames just dont give. Turn based wargames require a lot of thinking, and the masses just dont like to do that.
Edit- let me add, I am not trying to get the DD to be put up before the games release, if it isnt released already, as mavraam seems to think, but am just trying to point out how and why this wasnt a great plan by Matrix. As I said, your loyal customer should not be told they have to wait, so that MAYBE, MAYBE we can get a few new customers. Thats NOT the way to treat your loyal customers.
I understand the retailers desire to not have the game available before they have it, and hey, if they can GAURANTEE so many units bought, then do it, but there are no gaurantees, and in fact the past has proven how well retail works for turnbased wargames. It doesnt.
I would suggest trying to figure out some way to allow past, loyal customers, to get the DD as usual, while normal customers, that have not bought from Matrix before must wait. This way you dont tell those that have supported you they must wait, yet those customers that the retailer are going to get will still have to wait for retail. Maybe something like a club people can join when they register a Matrix game.
Another point,...... some of your loyal customers may actually WANT retail to fail. That way they never have to wait an extra month to get their games from you again. I dont, I am buying the game throug a retail store, just making a point.
< Message edited by Scott_WAR -- 3/24/2005 9:51:36 PM >