I would disrespect 343 a little less if they took part in the sprint discussion. Not to hate on them, but seriously, I very rarely see them interacting with the community on these forums.
The support on this thread really is great though. Sprint strongly needs to go and hopefully continuing pressure will acheive it like with loadouts652x pages of discussion certainly points to it being a hugely contentious issue for Halo.....
I'd respect 343 immensely if they simply came out and said we tried implementing sprint in Halo and it hasn't worked more than constant attempts to "evolve"...
I think it's amazing if the developer gets involved with the community, like organizing stuff and such, keeping the community up to date on what's happening at the studio, and there are many things I think 343i could do better about this stuff. But one thing I've always felt completely apathetic about is community involvement in game design decisions. If the developers want to involve the community closely in the development process, that's cool, but I always have a hard time seeing any obligation for them to do so.
Like, I've never really understood the extent to which people are upset about their game design suggestions not being listened. When someone says "I don't like this game, I think it should be this way" that's okay. That's just having a different opinion. But as soon as it turns into "you need
to listen to me, or else you're a not a good developer" that
's a problem. You can be upset, you should
be upset, if you don't like the way things are, and you should tell it to everyone. But if you think that the people making the game are in any way obliged
to listen to you, and you respect them less if they don't, then there's a problem.
I'd be interested in getting to discuss sprint with someone from 343i purely from a sort of academic perspective, but beyond that I couldn't care less whether they actually do. The reality is that they are probably as strong in their conviction as we are, and getting to speak to them personally wouldn't change their mind any more than the fact which they already know, which is that there's a very vocal part of the community that intensely dislikes sprint. Moreover, I'd probably just feel bad for them because while there are many completely level-headed people like you, as far as I can tell, this thread alone is testament to the fact that there is also a substantial amount of people on the internet who can't hold up a conversation with someone they disagree with being jerks as soon as their views get some opposition. I've often thought that while the idea of having this sort of discussion with the community as a developer seems thrilling, these online jerks would quickly make the idea seem less appealing every time I opened the forum. To be fair though, this is something that's sort of part of my resposibility, so if I should be beating anyone about it, it's myself.
Finally, I have to say that I can't disagree with Bungie's philosophy: you should find your own game fun. If you don't truly believe in a mechanic yourself, then you shouldn't implement it. If you do, then you should. All game developers probably subscribe to this idea, so ultimately, if you can't convince someone that sprint is not fun, then you can't convince them that it shouldn't be in the game. This is the reality that always hits our elaborately crafted aguments about depth in the face.
These are just some moderately coherent thoughts about things that are sometimes on my mind that your comment brought to the surface.