Originally Posted by PostalTwinkie
If the Developers themselves actually cared about the customer, as you are wanting us to care about them, then they would step up initially and tell the Publisher and Retailer how wrong they are.
Buying something, even though you don't want to, and then crying about it isn't going to make any difference. Why? Because they already have your money at that point, why should they care? Doing what you are suggesting pretty much just confirms in their minds that you will buy it no matter what they do.
When you're at the mercy of someone who is either A. funding your game or B. stocking your game, it's probably not the easiest to stand up and say no. When a developer has proof a certain business practice could possibly risk future sales, it makes it a little easier.
Also, knowing future sales are at risk because their fans aren't happy with something means someone is going to start caring. Buying it shows you're a fan and not just some random whiner that might not have bought the game anyway and then whining on official forums, making petitions and whatnot show that you may not be around to buy any future titles. Simply not buying something isn't enough to say anything.
I would imagine developers do care in the first place. Why would they not when they're putting such considerable time and effort into developing a game? Sure they make money, but they work really
hard for that money so there has to be some passion there.