What is a Gamemaster/GM?
A gamemaster, GM for short, is a person who acts as an organizer, officiant for questions regarding rules, arbitrator, and moderator for a multiplayer role-playing game. They are most common in co-operative games in which players work together and are less common in competitive games in which players oppose each other.
Gamemasters act as a moderator or customer service representative for an online community. A gamemaster in such a game is either an experienced volunteer player or an employee of the game's publisher. They enforce the game's rules by banishing spammers, player killers, cheaters, and hackers and by solving players' problems by providing general customer service.
Gamemasters do NOT have the power or authority to alter game mechanics such as enhancing, nerfing, adding, deleting, or creating features in the game. However, if given authority, they are given access to tools for events. An example of this was an event here in DN in which the players were in the farm channel and GMs literally dropped epic codes. That is a demonstration of how much power a gamemaster is entitled to, when given authority to do so.
You see, people who accustomed to play in private server always sees GM role as the person who controls everything (db, account, fixes) in the said server.
When they switched to play official server (any MMO, not just DN) this misconception is still etched in their mind, thus what we see happened now in the community.
What is a Forum Moderator?
Regular people who relay our feedbacks and help maintain order in the forums. They are just volunteers who just want to help make the community a peaceful place.
They are NOT GMs! They have absolutely NO power or authority to do anything of what a GM can do in the game. These guys are the ones who are one of the very first people in the front lines when taking in our complaints, plus these guys are most likely not paid and did this on their own accord. They are just volunteers, or basically think of it as they are the ones who have a "lower rank" under the GM and none of the powers that they can do.
What is a Game developer?
A game developer, dev for short, is a software developer business or individual which creates video games. A game developer may specialize on certain platforms, such as the PC or consoles like the PS3, XBox 360, and Wii U.
The devs HAVE the power and authority, though it may vary with the wishes of its publisher, to alter game mechanics such as nerfing, enhancing, creating, deleting, and adding features in the game. The have all the tools necessary to do whatever they please with their creation, as well as the responsibility for making it balanced. A demonstration of the power and authority of the devs are the following:
1.) Skill mechanics
2.) Skill revamps such as reworking of skills, nerfing, and buffing (Game designers are partially responsible for this CMIIW)
3.) Damage output
Reason why I made this? Because I think, or rather I believe, GMs are sick and tired in dealing with feedback that demand certain things that are beyond their capabilities, or what they are allowed to do. And some GMs need to remember what they are limited to. I remember a GM in Garena HoN abusing his power by banning people if they think they are "intentionally feeding" or they are still trying to get the hang of the game, or playing to have fun. Talk about skill discrimination. So yeah, I don't want anyone here to meet a GM that abuses his/her power. No one wants a power tripper.
Edited by desofire, 22 August 2013 - 07:12 PM.