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Cube World Wasn't Worth The Wait

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  1. Grzmot
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    This entire story is pretty bizarre to say the least. I understand that the creator has some mental health issues due to the success of the alpha so many years ago, but this release just feels...

    This entire story is pretty bizarre to say the least. I understand that the creator has some mental health issues due to the success of the alpha so many years ago, but this release just feels really dumb. Added to the fact that the at the very least turned down a job at Mojang to finish Cube World, I don't know why he thought it was a good idea to reset progression in an RPG every time you enter a new region and make gear upgrades meaningless.

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    WaterPocket
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    While many of us haven't thought about Cube World for several years, I imagine that the creator has thought about all of the time. I'm speculating, but I would say that he felt pressured to not...

    While many of us haven't thought about Cube World for several years, I imagine that the creator has thought about all of the time. I'm speculating, but I would say that he felt pressured to not only redeem himself but also reinvent the gameplay to become something unique that stands out from the dozens of other survival/voxel-style games out there. This just made a recipe for disaster which is how we got this as the final product.

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    1. Grzmot
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      In the blog post revealing the launch of Cube World, he stated that he considered himself a perfectionist. It's not a stretch to think that he probably reworked the entire game multiple times and...

      In the blog post revealing the launch of Cube World, he stated that he considered himself a perfectionist. It's not a stretch to think that he probably reworked the entire game multiple times and I'm sure in whatever state of mind he was when writing that code, at some point it must've occured to him that restricting gear on zone changes was a very logical change. He didn't have anyone for feedback though, and 6 years of built-up hype can turn into enormous amounts of toxicity overnight if the the game didn't live up to expectations.

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    ThyMrMan
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    I would love to see Wollay come back and recover, and in 2 months get a big update that adds a bunch of new content into the game. Or maybe finally get convinced to hire somebody to help him put...

    I would love to see Wollay come back and recover, and in 2 months get a big update that adds a bunch of new content into the game. Or maybe finally get convinced to hire somebody to help him put stuff together faster and do some major updates. But I kinda doubt it, from what we know of him, he doesn't seem to take criticism very good, and doesn't want to share his baby with other people. But who knows, maybe the negative feedback this time will make him think of changing stuff up.

    1. toly
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      It feels like the fantasy that most people dream about is being manifest through the development of the game. I think most if not all people wish to be a "super-something", a super-mechanic, a...

      It feels like the fantasy that most people dream about is being manifest through the development of the game. I think most if not all people wish to be a "super-something", a super-mechanic, a super-athlete, or even a super-programmer that is the case here. That fantasy can begin to revolve around the core idea that if only I was good enough, then I could implement my vision and dreams the way I want without contaminating the idea or compromising on the vision. The problem with that fantasy is that it is simply not true if one starts on a sufficiently complex problem.

      Wollay seems to be a person overtaken by this fantasy to the point that he is unable to make the dream, that he had a the beginning, a reality.

      The true power of dreams comes from their ability to infect others who would be willing to leverage their skills in making your dreams come true. I remember thinking this way when I saw the alpha and that Wollay was working on such an ambitious project, those fears appear to have come to pass. There is a lifetime of work in a game like this and he has taken it upon himself to complete this work by himself which is a shame.

      If a person who's got all the skills necessary to build his family a home takes on such a project it might take him a year to build it on his own, we would call that admirable. Sure it takes about 3000 man hours to build but it's something one man can do. If the same person says he will build the Empire State Building by himself we would call the project foolish. Sure he might be so gifted that he can work at 10x a normal person for his whole life, but the skyscraper takes about 7,000,000 man hours to build and even at 10x speed there's simply too much work for one person to finish even in their lifetime.

      It feels like Wollay saw others building family homes and decided he could do better and started setting the foundation for a skyscraper. Others around him can see the shortcomings of the approach except for him, and that's a real shame.

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    2. Grzmot
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      Wollay considers himself a perfectionist. I doubt he'd be able to give away responsibility to something he's worked 8 years now on. Sunken cost and all that.

      Wollay considers himself a perfectionist. I doubt he'd be able to give away responsibility to something he's worked 8 years now on. Sunken cost and all that.