Hutch Top Drives Stream
Normally I don't usually tune in to these sorts of things, but wondered what would come of an official TD stream and not the standard Top Drives show that we're used to. I quickly remembered why I don't usually tune in to these sorts of things. Discounting the buffering here and there, the entire stream consisted of Dmitri going through a garage full of cars he admitted to adding to his account. Seems a bit like taking advantage of working for Hutch if you ask me. When questioned about this practice, he claimed to be "a developer" and "works for 8 hours a day on the game" and uses his garage for testing. Unless there's been some miscommunication somewhere, I always thought Dmitri was the Community Manager. That's the position he's listed under on the Hutch website anyway. As I've always understood it, testing for the game is done on a back-end tool, like the one Jon and Tim use on the TD Show to showcase prize car performance, not the published live version. If if it for testing, I certainly can't be the only one that has a problem with a Hutch employee adding maxed cars to his account, and then competing with it against players that pay money to be competitive. The fact that the cars were added and not earned is another point entirely: what kind of faith can we have in a community manager that only uses the garage he added for himself to "test the game"? How can we expect that person to empathize with the players who legitimately put in time and/or money and deal with the bugs if they don't play the game themselves?
Historically, I've always tried to give Hutch the benefit of the doubt. I know programming can be rough, things break, bugs happen. No big deal. I can sympathize with them trying their best to get a handle on buggy updates, respond to support tickets, etc. Even the more "out-there" decisions: the legendary-skewed rarity distribution of the ER update that Robin claims to be unhappy with for example, I can write off or brush aside. But this really rubbed me the wrong way, hence why I made this thread.
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