I personally have no axe to grind with him as I don't even know him as a person but others say he is a very likeable fella.
The only issue I have is in his role as community liason he tends to put up smoke screens to cover up a lot of the failures that are now coming to light with regards to the MP version and by that I mean he never truly answers the tough questions put at him.
He was responsible for promoting all the community feedback but instead of answering straight forward questions now that all has been revealed, like why was so much missing from the summit, he either ignores it or states a cop out that not everything on the list could possibly make it in.
Well I think everyone already knew that.
The biggies like why was their no dedicated stand alone server ready, Why does the game only support 16 players, what happened to the requested original OBJ mode, what happened to all the requested server options.
Why are their only 6 maps these all seem to be ignored or he again infers they were always just an option and the devs were never going to include much of the community stuff.
I don't pay him, EA do and in that respect he does a fine job at keeping the community pretty much in the dark about the big issues that effect the whole overall MP experience.
The latest snippet to tell all the Admins about a 7GB upload of the game again was a perfect example of how not post that type of news.
After all the fall out from the MP summit and the claims from other sites he frequents more often about how "Hard the team are working to get everything we want into the game" we get "oh by the way there's no stand alone server it's a 7GB upload"...lol
You can't escape the feeling if you have been following this game for over a year like I have that the MP side is just not ready.
And BlackHat is simply firefighting due to the fact that MP is not anywhere near what was expected from this title.
Maybe patches will fix it maybe they won't but I don't expect any great shakes from this team as so far they have not impressed me with either the content or functionality of the MP side of Airborne.
In the words of Barnham "You can fool most of the people some of the time but you can't fool all of the people all of the time"
I agree with Butch. I don't know Blackhat personally, either, but he seemed to me to be a well-meaning guy as well. My take on this is that there was a meeting early in the process for MOH:A where they discussed how they can address this 'community' (as they style themselves) that gave Activision (and EA, vis a vis PA and Breakthrough...I still have a difficult time typing or saying those two) such a hard time. Someone at the meeting came up with the idea of having a 'community' rep to keep the 'community' quiet during the development cycle. Well, it worked, if you'll notice. All of us were slavering at the mouth over the 'details' of the game, and the fact that someone was listening to us. Whether, or not, our suggestions got into the game was moot...these people are trying to sell a product, that's all. Well, we've got our game...7GB upload, no admin tools, but there it is (wowee, it has anti-cheat, so there's one for the home team). Whose fault is it? No one's, not really. Certainly not Blackhat's. EA marketing? No, they're doing their job which is to shovel virtually anything out the door as fast as possible for the least cost and generating the largest revenue. Ours, for being so naive? Maybe (I include myself here, btw), and maybe we won't be so naive in the future. But, what does it buy us, either way?
I think Butch also nailed it in another post (http://www.fpsadmin.com/forum/showthread.php?p=52399#post52399) today: he said that there is a resurgence in the PC-based online gaming market, due to all the gear that has been produced recently (Dual and Quad, kick-ass video, etc.). What I think EA tried to do with this game was to 'shovel' something out that met both the console market and the resurgence of PC gaming. Unfortunately, when you go for a 'something-for-everyone' solution, you end up with mediocrity in all of them.
Thank God it's being released just a few months after this MOH:A fiasco.
I'm buying MOH:A but after what I have read about it, looks like it's going to be mostly for the SP. Too bad they couldn't include Co-op at least. Would have been some fun since I don't have much hope in their MP.
Every time you voice your opinion on the other MOH:A site, you get accused of not knowing what you are talking about by the fanboys.
I'm just being honest with my opinions and I certainly would like also a good FPS games on the PC, and I don't think I'm asking too much by what COD4 is going to be like!
Makes a BIG difference when you dedicate and entire dev team to MP. Too bad EA didn't do this. They are now rushing an unfinished product out the door with promises of patches. And we're suppose to be grateful for this.
7GB for a dedicated server.... now that's a slap in the face.
Damn, away for three weeks and all hell is loose. Trying to catch up with the ongoing mess isn't that easy.
First of all, fpsadmin is my number one fps information source! With that said it's sad to see everyone seems dissapointed in BH's lack of replies/absence here and that he is apparently populating other online resources. My experience of BH is from EA's official forums and as i wrote before, if he isn't allowed to give an answer he doesn't reply at all.
Number two, no objective? Is this for real? It must be a hoax!
Number three, all maps seen so far are remakes, this just can't be all mp maps...
So, we've gone from "looking really great" to comparison to PA? PA is almost like cursing in church. Tell me i'm wrong! BLACKHAT, TELL ME I'M WRONG!!!