shmails, on 19 January 2012 - 05:04 PM, said:
Right, and this is the Microsoft-esque move I was talking about. Higher ups demand something by a specific date instead of saying "let's get it right". As you said, they know there will be another version, so who cares if this one is a bit messed up. Just get it out there and we will deal with the issues later, our customers will just have to deal with it. Every company that produces electronic entertainment does the same thing, and I am a bit sick of it.
What alternative would you have preferred, in this case? After all, the deadline for DesignByMe closing probably wasn't chosen arbitrarily. DesignByMe is more than computer data; it's a physical service that TLG was providing. And they couldn't exactly keep providing it for longer to allow more time for the LDD team to program a replacement when the service was costing them money.
Furthermore, keep in mind some people might like
the new basic mode. I've encountered a lot of people who have difficulty working in LDD Extended mode but still want a wider variety of parts and colors to build with. So the new LDD could easily fulfill that requirement. It's not like TLG ever made any promises about DesignByMe's replacement having only purchasable bricks, and I'm sure there are many people who neither expect it to or care if it doesn't.
Personally, I too would prefer if in the future the new LDD were adjusted to have only parts that appeared in sets. After all, many of the parts are already ones that appeared in sets, and many of those that don't appear in sets could quite genuinely be mistakes-- as Superkalle points out, they could be parts that were produced in test runs and never released, or produced for things like LEGOLAND parks (and as I've seen from browsing service.LEGO.com, TLG's database seems to make little distinction between parts produced for sets and unreleased parts).
Having mostly parts that appear in sets but then an assortment of parts that never appeared in sets, like the various transparent skeleton parts, could lead to unnecessary confusion. But it's not as though the LDD team is taking a massive gamble with the satisfaction of its users by testing to see if this new basic mode will be what it takes to get users excited about LDD. In fact, it looks to me like this new, colorful mode of LDD could better meet the expectations of a new user of the program, plus help users understand TLG's color palette (which is of course something I'd support