SDS: Truth Serum

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Would love to hear what SDS would say about the gameplay if they had to take truth serum. Can we start a petition???

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It’s a bit of a contradiction, isn’t it? On the one hand, they try to engage with the community via live streams and so on, yet on the other hand, there’s a distinct lack of transparency when it comes to the game mechanics, how they work, what does what....... I’ve played Diamond Dynasty for five years straight, spent a lot of time on the game in that half decade and I still don’t understand how the game works. I mean, I have opinions and ideas based on what I’ve experienced, but SDS have never confirmed or denied that the game works in such a manner, so they’re just assumptions, ideas that have either formed a general consensus of being correct among the player base over the years, or things I have to assume based on what I see in game. They even hide the in game handbook so that it’s next to impossible to find. I’d love them to have a two hour stream where they break down and explain each in game mechanic and why it works a certain way. Instead, we have expectations from the game, based on the way we believe it should play out. When it doesn’t and there are no obvious reasons as to why, the old “broken game” complaints start to resurface. If these things happen by design, why don’t they simply say so and explain the rationale behind it?

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I would literally (even though I can't afford their time) pay Ramon..luis..and the other guy (no disrespect) money to sit next to me during my RS games so I can pause for them to try and explain what I just saw.....and why....

Stammering, stuttering gaslighting for $400 Alex....(may he rest in peace)

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@tomivory23 said in SDS: Truth Serum:

I would literally (even though I can't afford their time) pay Ramon..luis..and the other guy (no disrespect) money to sit next to me during my RS games so I can pause for them to try and explain what I just saw.....and why....

Stammering, stuttering gaslighting for $400 Alex....(may he rest in peace)

They’d be like “Bro, don’t you ever watch quick pitch? This is all super accurate.”

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@tomivory23 said in SDS: Truth Serum:

I would literally (even though I can't afford their time) pay Ramon..luis..and the other guy (no disrespect) money to sit next to me during my RS games so I can pause for them to try and explain what I just saw.....and why....

You do realize that neither Ramon, Luis, or the other guy (Victor?) work on the gameplay team

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@SaveFarris said in SDS: Truth Serum:

@tomivory23 said in SDS: Truth Serum:

I would literally (even though I can't afford their time) pay Ramon..luis..and the other guy (no disrespect) money to sit next to me during my RS games so I can pause for them to try and explain what I just saw.....and why....

You do realize that neither Ramon, Luis, or the other guy (Victor?) work on the gameplay team

Lmfao, the other guy would be Stephen.

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I truly think the only thing that stops how bad the gameplay is a competitor coming into the mix. Right now it is obvious that SDS does not care about how bad the RNG is. At this point in the year, we can honestly predict outcomes in certain situations. When we play it's not am I going to play well it is the game going to reward me or the other guy. Which is just sad because content has been so good but gameplay is so bad that even streamers quit at certain times and cannot play because it is so bad.

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I don't think CardinalBird5 plays this game anymore and he was one of the top players in 16-17. He may have quit during or after 18.

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They would tell you that it's a simulation game and it plays pretty close to how they want it to play.

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@SaveFarris said in SDS: Truth Serum:

@tomivory23 said in SDS: Truth Serum:

I would literally (even though I can't afford their time) pay Ramon..luis..and the other guy (no disrespect) money to sit next to me during my RS games so I can pause for them to try and explain what I just saw.....and why....

You do realize that neither Ramon, Luis, or the other guy (Victor?) work on the gameplay team

Although this may be true, we could only hope that somebody's eyes from SDS would come across these posts and previous posts that address horrible gameplay this forum has been saturated with, and somehow relay our concerns to the appropriate people who are responsible for gameplay.

Sadly, I realize the probability of that ever happening is about the same or less than the probability of gameplay ever getting fixed.

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@GOtexas1 said in SDS: Truth Serum:

Would love to hear what SDS would say about the gameplay if they had to take truth serum. Can we start a petition???

I'm curious to know if SDS is even aware of how horrible gameplay has been.

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@ComebackLogic said in SDS: Truth Serum:

Lmfao, the other guy would be Stephen.

🤦

I knew that.

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@onnagood1 said in SDS: Truth Serum:

I'm curious to know if SDS is even aware of how horrible gameplay has been.

They have more back-end metrics than you can possibly imagine.
They know more about gameplay than you do. Or I do.

To claim they are unware of something is ridiculously foolish.

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@SaveFarris said in SDS: Truth Serum:

@onnagood1 said in SDS: Truth Serum:

I'm curious to know if SDS is even aware of how horrible gameplay has been.

They have more back-end metrics than you can possibly imagine.
They know more about gameplay than you do. Or I do.

To claim they are unware of something is ridiculously foolish.

I'd appreciate it if you chose your words a bit more carefully as to call me foolish indirectly.

Also, to claim that they are unaware of something would be completely accurate if they thought gameplay was just fine, wouldn't it? Just because we all think gameplay is horrible doesn't necessarily mean that they do too, right? Alright, then.

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@onnagood1 said in SDS: Truth Serum:

Also, to claim that they are unaware of something would be completely accurate if they thought gameplay was just fine, wouldn't it?

It would be accurate ... IF you were able to divine their thoughts.

I was unaware you were capable of such power. Congrats!

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@SaveFarris said in SDS: Truth Serum:

@onnagood1 said in SDS: Truth Serum:

Also, to claim that they are unaware of something would be completely accurate if they thought gameplay was just fine, wouldn't it?

It would be accurate ... IF you were able to divine their thoughts.

I was unaware you were capable of such power. Congrats!

Huh? Divine their thoughts,,, capable of such powers? What?! LOL.

We don't know what their thoughts are. That was my whole point. Wow, congrats to you for now understanding (hopefully).

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@onnagood1 said in SDS: Truth Serum:

@SaveFarris said in SDS: Truth Serum:

@onnagood1 said in SDS: Truth Serum:

Also, to claim that they are unaware of something would be completely accurate if they thought gameplay was just fine, wouldn't it?

It would be accurate ... IF you were able to divine their thoughts.

I was unaware you were capable of such power. Congrats!

Huh? Divine their thoughts,,, capable of such powers? What?! LOL.

We don't know what their thoughts are. That was my whole point. Wow, congrats to you for now understanding (hopefully).

I would guess they know the issues, but very few companies, especially in the video game sector admit to shortcomings, so it's not at all surprising that they don't really talk about it.

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@eatyum said in SDS: Truth Serum:

@onnagood1 said in SDS: Truth Serum:

@SaveFarris said in SDS: Truth Serum:

@onnagood1 said in SDS: Truth Serum:

Also, to claim that they are unaware of something would be completely accurate if they thought gameplay was just fine, wouldn't it?

It would be accurate ... IF you were able to divine their thoughts.

I was unaware you were capable of such power. Congrats!

Huh? Divine their thoughts,,, capable of such powers? What?! LOL.

We don't know what their thoughts are. That was my whole point. Wow, congrats to you for now understanding (hopefully).

I would guess they know the issues, but very few companies, especially in the video game sector admit to shortcomings, so it's not at all surprising that they don't really talk about it.

But, you're guessing. You really don't know, which links back to my curiosity of whether or not they're even aware of the gameplay issues. I would hope to think that they do, but I have nothing to go on based on gameplay being less than stellar year after year after year.

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@SaveFarris said in SDS: Truth Serum:

@onnagood1 said in SDS: Truth Serum:

I'm curious to know if SDS is even aware of how horrible gameplay has been.

They have more back-end metrics than you can possibly imagine.
They know more about gameplay than you do. Or I do.

To claim they are unware of something is ridiculously foolish.

I wonder if the flaws get lost in translation when they look at statistics as a method of diagnosis. Most of us feel like the there are things wrong with the game at times, so much of the gameplay is subjective that it’s hard to express how it “feels” incorrect. I’m sure most of us feel like there are way too many home runs, but if, by using only a rigid statistical analysis of 1.5m ABs in H2H play, SDS see that only X% of AB end in a home run, where X falls within the acceptable median range, it doesn’t matter how we “feel”. The game won’t change. Maybe the adherence to using statistical methods of analysis over a large sample size to determine gameplay adjustments is actually preventing any progress and it’s time to adapt to a more radical approach. Like listening to the players who spend thousands of hours playing online H2H games each year and obsessing over their stats by choice, not because crunching numbers is their 9-5 occupation.

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@ComebackLogic said in SDS: Truth Serum:

@SaveFarris said in SDS: Truth Serum:

@onnagood1 said in SDS: Truth Serum:

I'm curious to know if SDS is even aware of how horrible gameplay has been.

They have more back-end metrics than you can possibly imagine.
They know more about gameplay than you do. Or I do.

To claim they are unware of something is ridiculously foolish.

I wonder if the flaws get lost in translation when they look at statistics as a method of diagnosis. Most of us feel like the there are things wrong with the game at times, so much of the gameplay is subjective that it’s hard to express how it “feels” incorrect. I’m sure most of us feel like there are way too many home runs, but if, by using only a rigid statistical analysis of 1.5m ABs in H2H play, SDS see that only X% of AB end in a home run, where X falls within the acceptable median range, it doesn’t matter how we “feel”. The game won’t change. Maybe the adherence to using statistical methods of analysis over a large sample size to determine gameplay adjustments is actually preventing any progress and it’s time to adapt to a more radical approach. Like listening to the players who spend thousands of hours playing online H2H games each year and obsessing over their stats by choice, not because crunching numbers is their 9-5 occupation.

@ComebackLogic you are 100% spot on - it doesn’t matter how we “feel”. Probably the most accurate statement written on this forum. We feel angry and throw a tantrum when we lose and joyous when we win. Either way, we come back for another game.

Until we don’t. That’s when it’s heard.

Our actions speak louder than our words. And a lot of the time, they contradict each other, so if somebody says I’m not buying next year and then they buy next year, why on earth would a company believe the words?

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