Early access is the modern cancer of games industry. That used to be free to play monetization methods in my mind but lately that thought has changed. While they remain an issue ftp is more an assault on the sense, something that activates the gag reflex and makes you wretch into the air a few times before pushing on. People of course differ in how dull their senses may be from simple skittles dripping from the mouth to a large pool of vomit for the particular heinous elements.
Recent free to play fuckery news that came out was around Revelation Online and there new $50 mounts. I would have liked to rage about that but A) I’m not feeling it right now and B) it would feel rather disingenuous considering how much this happens now. It’s a commonality of free to play games of asking ridiculous amounts for certain cosmetics and while it seems most have acclimatised to it, I still just shake my head in disbelief.
The Free to Play fanatics have been shouting for a while that its the best business model for mmo’s. The business model of the future that’s good for consumers and publishers but i never have, and probably never will see it like that when it’s being abused so overtly. I can’t possibly consider it the cheaper option when I single cosmetic is going to cost you more than the base price of a game. I can’t possibly approve when founders packs for these ftp phishing scams cost more than we have ever payed for an mmo before.
This mount is the tip of that iceberg though and just like that monoclegate Eve episode its use and pricing is so blatant you can’t help but be annoyed. I just don’t understand how anyone, at any position of the game, playing or within media could justify this cost. Justify exorbitant pricing for a digital item that really has no inherent worth and regardless of the apparent savings from already having dumped money into this new Eastern money pit it’s still just incredibly overpriced.
And yes, I get the argument that it’s only a cosmetic and not something you need but then, as I’ve argued before, for many people cosmetics are the endgame for mmo’s. They are pretty much the only reason I keep playing mmo’s at end game because yeh the power boosts are nice but gaining new looks, mounts, and whatever else keeps you motivated. It just seems to remind me of what I felt playing BLack Desert Online, I grinded forever to gain levels but in the end lost interest because there was no interesting goals to look forward to. Nothing shiny to work towards. Most, if not all of the good stuff was hidden away for exorbitant prices in the cash shop and be fucked if I was going to support that when I’d already spent enough just getting the less crippled version.
And that’s the thing. this isn’t the only expense. If it was just some rare, overpriced cosmetic you’d probably just brush it off. Maybe even partake once in awhile but it’s not – it’s just a constant channel of crap from beginning to end. We’re expected to pre-order, to loosen those restrictions, to sub as well and then on top they through out these ridiculous prices. These aren’t mmo’s at this stage, they’re a gamified shopping network. A shell of a game with the bare minimum of mechanics there and everything else supplied from your friendly cash shop candy man, ready to get you your next fix for a price, over and over and due to the state of the mmo industry right now we fall for it. We expect it. We crave it…. we encourage it.
This is another Public service announcement.
There is a known scammer currently using the crowdfunding site Indiegogo to take money off people for imagined products that will never happen. Projects that look reasonably legitimate and the scammer even has a history of failing to deliver on the products they’ve envisioned, sold, or taken investment money for and shows no remorse for their actions.
The scammer, Mark Kern. The newest scam, a recent crowdfunding campaign for a proposed game called Ember.
It seems the big news coming out today is now that Colin Johanson, what amounts to the previous face of arenanet has been poached by Amazon game studios as well. He left the Arenanet back in march, but seems to have been picked up by Amazon Game studios in April which makes you think a little about the reasons he initially gave for leaving. With others like Eric Flannum Jeff Grub and John peters, as well as others so it’s reasonable to assume that employees at Arenanet had been talking about Amazon studios before and after leaving. AND I would guess had some knowledge about the projects before jumping in which means AMazon is at least creating something interesting enough to pique the interest of these employees enough to sign on.
I don’t often like to dwell on the doom and gloom style posts that some companies and sites like to put up declaring the mmo apocalypse. We know that’s not going to happen in the near future, or even ever. Often enough it isn’t even about an actual event or information piece but more because the people writing it just dislike or misunderstand the medium. I’ve ranted against that kind of thing numerous times but here, when it comes to the current Free to Play fraud infecting the industry it’s news that erupts sounds like trumpets and angels singing.
And it looks like the next Chinese Cash shop… I mean mmo is coming to the west peddling their pretty but unsatisfying experiences once more. Revelation Online, the new pretty yet pale imitation of a virtual world. This is your official warning.. don’t do it. This is not the mmo you are looking for.