Eh, when I look at the picture I don’t see incompetence. I’ve worked with incompetent devs before, and believe me what they write cannot ship. I am almost certain if we did manage to get Lyya hired, not much would change.
Rather than bore you with a page of how developers work, here’s an analogy. I look at the size of the features we’re getting, the size of the dev team, and the amount of time they spend on implementation. Someone, probably the developer, has tasked the dev team with creating babies in four months.
It is one of the truths of software development that you cannot make a baby in much less than nine months. If you try very hard, ten is a target you can hit. Four requires you to settle for “something less than a baby”.
Settling takes a lot of forms in software development. One of them is things like this happen. If you’re within days of the deadline for submission to hit your boss’s target, it’s hard to remember to go double-check you put a ReleaseDate property in World.json for the new class weapon. Your monitor’s already covered in post-it notes, some of them weeks obsolete because “check the post-it notes” gets in the way of meeting the deadline. Short-term.
Being competent doesn’t fix this. It just makes you feel worse when you figure out you forgot. But a fact devs struggle with is the human brain can’t juggle much more than 7 things in short-term memory, and making a baby in four months requires you to juggle about 18. Add other people to the team and it’s just… miserable. “Adding developers to a late project makes it later.”
When you join a team you chain yourself to the boss’s desire. I’ve felt for at least half a year the people at the wheel of the GoW team want bullet point lists of new features more than they want a polished game. I can wax philosophical about an artist’s vision, but at the end of the day you have to buy groceries so sometimes you don’t get to be the idealist.
So I’d rather keep Lyya on the outside. Gowdb is part of what made the game comprehensible to me, and whatever Lyya’s doing right now gives enough time to keep it up to date. Put Lyya on the inside, and things won’t change.