Going to address various things in the second article, which looks like a rehash of Capescape V2, honestly.
As I message my friends to hang out, I get the typical “Not now man, I’m trying to train!” or “Dude I’m level 96! Gotta get 99 soon!” This begs the question, what caused this change in gameplay? Skillcapes.
there was no content driving me to grind for 99 Fletching aside from bragging to my friends by wearing a cape.
Perhaps this is why your friends are like that, hmm?
Not everyone grinds to 99 for bragging rights, too. On a personal level, I train my skills for personal satisfaction, and rising on the highscores is merely icing on the cake.
We all know that skills in RuneScape are mindless.
Jagex unknowingly gave bots and real world traders every incentive to do their illicit activities.
This isn't a fault of Jagex, but rather the players that want the capes so they can go
bragging to [their] friends
despite putting in no personal effort whatsoever. Makes you wonder where their self respect is, doesn't it?
Not saying you do if that isn't clear, but that's my perception of the botter psyche.
Many players are mere shells of what they once were as for hours on end they repeat the same task merely for a cape. This is what is truly doing damage to the community.
What did people actually do before skillcapes came out? Did they actually do nothing but play together with their friends all the time?
Compare old school melee training, such as in the Legends' Guild with shadow warriors, with today's Slayer, in various locations. Both give interaction with other players and I generally find myself still talking to other people during tasks. Same as back then, they'd train for hours on end so that they could get to 126 combat, how is that different from owning a few melee capes?
We are now playing a dying game. Internet Research company Alexa has shown a 32% decrease in pageviews of Runescape.com over the last 3 months.
Thanks for my weekly dose of doomsaying, as usual.
There is nothing more we can do, except: play the game for fun,
Already doing that.
hang out with your friends more,
Already doing that in Dungeoneering.
be inviting to new players,
Already doing that with new clan members in DG.
do not demean players for not having a certain skillcape,
Are you serious?
and STOP WORRYING ABOUT 99s.
WHAT, ME WORRY?