It's been a few days since the eighth annual Developer Appreciation Week (DAW) ended, so it's time for the wrap up post!
This year, a total of nine different blogs participated, writing a stunning total of 22 dev appreciating posts! The devs of the MMO Star Wars: the Old Republic (SWTOR) had the most dedicated to them, with three entries. Others receiving multiple messages of commendation were the LOTRO dev team, Daybreak Game Company and Concerned Ape of Stardew Valley. New this year were players thanking devs on Twitter with the hashtag #DAW8, spreading some extra dev positivity.
DAW posts of 2017
Here is a full list with all the blog posts that were written for DAW 2017. They're sorted by date of the first DAW post appearance per blog.
Armathyx does Gaming
DAW: The Old School Team: The Oldschool Team (Runescape 2)
DAW: Skelux (Super Mario Star Road): Skelux (Super Mario Star Road)
I Have Touched the Sky
Developer Appreciation Week 2017 - WildStar Soundtrack: Jeff Kurtenacker (Wildstar)
Secret World Legends First Devstream: (TSW:L)
Shadowz Abstract Gaming Blog
Developer Appreciation Week: Coldgames (Subsistance)
Day 2 of DAW: TFP (7DTD)
Day 3 of DAW: Reversed Interactive (Tyler: Model 005)
Day 4 of DAW: (The Forest)
Day 5 of DAW: SCS Software (Euro Truck Simulator 2 & American Truck Simulator)
Day 6 DAW: CD Projekt (The Witcher)
Day 7 DAW: General
The Final, Final Wrap Up Post DAW 2017: BEAM Team Games (The Stranded Deep)
Small is Beautiful: Developer Appreciation Week: Daybreak Game Company (EverQuest, EQ2, Vanguard and more) & SmokymonkeyS (Ninelives)
In Praise of the Code Jockey: General & The original SWTOR team (SWTOR)
Developer Appreciation Week: How Work Has Made Me More Understanding of MMO Devs - General (& SWTOR)
The heart and soul of Stardew Valley: Concerned Ape (Stardew Valley)
Standing firm in the wake of progress: a tribute to Standing Stone Games: SSG (LOTRO & DDO)
All the feels of Life Is Strange: how a video game helped me cope with life: (Life Is Strange)
Love for the SWTOR Stream Dream Team: The "Stream Dream Team" (SWTOR)
Managing a ten year old MMO: thumbs up to the LOTRO devs: (LOTRO)
Appreciating the Developers: DAW 2017: (GW2, LOTRO, Tyto Ecology, Stardew Valley & more)
Developer appreciation week 2017: Daybreak Game Company, Zenimax Online Studios
I'm totally blown away by all these posts. I mean, look at that list, it's huge! I hope we have made some developers smile - and if we didn't, at least we made the internet a somewhat happier place.
There were posts introducing me to games I had never heard of before, and intriguing tales of the people behind game studios (often small ones) that thus far had only seemed like a random combination of letters to me. Some posts took a general approach and gave a peek behind the scenes, giving insight into the complex process of creating a game. All I can say is that you guys did an amazing job at making the people behind the gaming industry visible. Thank you, everyone, for participating and making DAW 2017 happen!
I don't know about you, but I was so busy with writing, reading and promoting people's DAW posts that I didn't have much time to comment on them. So that's what I'm going to do this week. I invite you to do the same; who knows, you might even discover a gaming blog you didn't know of or a new game to try out.