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#1118275 - 07/19/17 09:55 AM Re: midnight in salem [Re: family]
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Someone has posted an article online entitled, "Midnight in Salem, or HeR Interactive's Marketing Nightmare."

Part one, which deals with the way the company used to be, can be found here.

Part two, which talks about HeR Interactive since the new CEO took over, can be found here.

For anyone interested in what exactly has been going on the last two years, and particularly in regard to the company's now dismal/virtually nonexistent "communication" with the fan base, I recommend it as a worthwhile read.

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#1118280 - 07/19/17 10:36 AM Re: midnight in salem [Re: family]
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Thanks, Marian! It all just leaves me shaking my head.

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#1118284 - 07/19/17 10:59 AM Re: midnight in salem [Re: family]
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Thanks Marian. smile
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#1118289 - 07/19/17 12:10 PM Re: midnight in salem [Re: family]
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The writer of the articles doesn't say much we don't already know, and is certainly more hopeful for the future of the Nancy Drew games than I am.

I still think the blew their development money away on the lowest bidder, which turned out to be an inexperienced company that couldn't do what they promised, and the CEO is only keeping the company open until she drains any remaining money with her undeserved salary.

Their so-called poll was so biased.

They asked questions like
"Do you want longer games?"
"Do you want games with more exploration?"

What they should have asked is
"Do you want two games a year or do you want longer games with a longer wait between?"
"Do you want games that work on your current computer or do you want games with more exploration that might require a new "gaming" computer to play."

As far as I know the fans were never asked if they wanted HerInteractive to fire Lani.

As far as I know the fans were never asked if they wanted HerInteractive to fire their development staff and outsource development overseas.

I expect if they'd been asked "real" questions instead of misleading ones, fans would have chosen to keep things as they were, with two games a year using the old game engine, Lani as Nancy Drew, and an American development staff.

Of course the CEO had already decided what she was going to do before the so-called poll was created -- hence the misleading questions.

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#1118292 - 07/19/17 12:35 PM Re: midnight in salem [Re: family]
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Time for a new company to start making these games......

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#1118294 - 07/19/17 12:41 PM Re: midnight in salem [Re: family]
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Thanks Marian.

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#1118295 - 07/19/17 12:44 PM Re: midnight in salem [Re: Jenny100]
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Very well stated, Jenny.

As far as there being nothing new in the article, that's true if you have been keeping up with this train wreck. I did, though, think that the link provided in the article to the compilation of statements by HeR in response to fans did a good job of showing how downright inane and nonsensical things have become, even insulting to the fans' intelligence - worth a read if you hadn't seen them already.




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#1118296 - 07/19/17 12:44 PM Re: midnight in salem [Re: family]
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I doubt we will ever see Midnight In Salem unless another company takes it over. And I agree. The fans should be consulted on their decisions. When HER produced 2 games a year the graphics and story lines were good. No improvements needed as far as I was concerned. There is no excuse for these delays in production. duh
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#1118301 - 07/19/17 01:21 PM Re: midnight in salem [Re: Marian]
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Originally Posted By: Marian
They are all the complete games, Mad, with no doctoring or alterations. Big Fish has every single game save for the original Secrets Can Kill (Big Fish has the remastered version) and Stay Tuned for Danger. wave


So sorry, Marian !!
I didn't realise I hadn't thanked you for the reply.
Anyway, here I am, better late than never redface

Thank You broccoli kissy
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#1118302 - 07/19/17 01:27 PM Re: midnight in salem [Re: Mad]
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You are welcome, Mad. flowers

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#1118316 - 07/19/17 03:00 PM Re: midnight in salem [Re: Marian]
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thanks smile
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#1118328 - 07/19/17 05:19 PM Re: midnight in salem [Re: family]
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Maybe fans should start writing to Simon & Schuster.

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#1118331 - 07/19/17 06:03 PM Re: midnight in salem [Re: CountZero]
Marian Offline
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Originally Posted By: CountZero
Maybe fans should start writing to Simon & Schuster.


That's an interesting suggestion, one which has been proposed by some fans on Reddit (there is a very active community of angry and disgruntled fans there). Some say that if HeR doesn't release a new game by the end of the year that they will lose their license with Simon & Schuster to make ND games, but I don't know enough about the situation in regard to their licensing agreement to comment on the validity of that statement.

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#1126583 - 09/29/17 03:02 PM Re: midnight in salem [Re: family]
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someone posted on her forum midnight in salem was on hold for codes ans clues. midnight in salem this is the link they posted. cool lab puppy


Edited by family (09/29/17 03:05 PM)

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#1126585 - 09/29/17 03:17 PM Re: midnight in salem [Re: family]
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That is an old newsletter from a year ago. Obviously the company decided to release Codes and Clues after Sea of Darkness rather than Midnight in Salem, but the Codes and Clues excuse for not seeing an ND adventure game since then is long gone, unfortunately.

It will be interesting to see what they say in the next newsletter, if there ever is one. Halloween and Christmas are coming, and the fanbase will be expecting an update. So far the "updates" have consisted of telling us all there is no update.

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