I'll tell you why everyone is frustrated. It used to be the Devs would let us know what they were up to, comment on issues people would bring up, and release patches addressing theses issues. It's been almost 2 months since the last patch came out and we haven't heard a peep from the Devs about what they're working on. The 1.03 patch did address some bugs, but ignored the biggest issues of the game to date, which I agree with Raging are Illums, repulse and enforcers. So it feels like we havent had a patch since.. when was 1.02/1.16...... March? And we've had no shred of evidence that the Devs are looking into this.
I can say I PMed Blair about the Patch Stat Changes Forum, and got a response.. but all he said was that he was monitoring it. Which means.. he checks it now and then? IC is using it to help balance the game? hes laughing at all the our silly suggestions? he gets pissed that we all don't appreciate the game for what it is? what? It means nothing other than he's aware of its existence. I think if IC just put out a little statement saying WHAT THEY ARE DOING, we may all cool our jets a little, and feel the frustration slip away knowing that they're looking into it, and that we can expect another patch.
Unfortunately, its been months since anyone has heard anything about the goings on at IC, and the communities frustrations are mounting. People are starting to walk away. Debates over fixes are becoming more heated. More and more MP players are converting to Advent just so they aren't annihilated, and are still getting crushed by people who can build more illums and reach repulse faster. The MP community growth is stunted and is waning, as noobs find that Advent is the only race that wins(TEC seems to be most popular amongst new ICO players, which doesnt stand a lick of chance against advent currently) and seasoned pros clinging to their Vasari roots lose more and more to less experienced players who've memorized Vasari crushing Advent build orders.
We need some news, a blog, a forum thread, a company e-mail leak, a blurb... SOMETHING to let the ever so loyal community know that the guys at IronClad are working diligently on the issues at hand, and not just developing the next micro-expansion that will suffer awful sales due to the previous's unaddressed bugs and balance problems.
And the problem with simply Modding the game lies in the lack of MP p2p filesharing on ICO, as Hack stated above. There's no easy way to distribute a Mod to the entire MP community, so its a monstrous task to get everyone on MP to get the same Mod installed to play a balanced game. The fixes need to be universally distributed via the games update engine, Impulse, which only the Devs can control.
No one would be whining and bitching and moaning if we didn't love this game so much. No one would have stuck around praying and hoping for the games issues to be fixed if they didnt think this game had an awesome potential. We're all incredibly loyal to this game, and we'd like it to be justified.