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Not even Jagexs abysmal trailer they produced for this update could distract from the stench of faeces
Unlike traditional goals of, for instance, level 99 in a particular skill, attaining 200 million xp in even a single skill is a test of efficiency, consistency, and the will to actually achieve it.
How often do you see EA or Bungie offering these sorts of schemes?
It's not much of a loyalty rewards program. I've had membership for well over 60 consecutive months, but apparently I'm on par with some kid who was previously F2P and just got a Katana is just as loyal as I am? Why wasn't I rewarded for my over 60 consecutive months of pure loyalty? Because it's not a rewards program, it's alluring people to keep paying for membership even when they know they won't be playing (like the many who are only subscribed during the summer months). It also pressures F2P who were unsure of whether to go P2P or not to subscribe, not because of legitimate content, but because of rewards that can only be "earned" for months of membership (as opposed to actual content which could be completed whenever). The featured article stands as a dogmatic and rigorous critique of Jagex's money grabbing schemes from 2010 to 2011. Just because someone differs in opinion to you does not mean that it is trolling.
As the editor of the article, I would like you to please point out which "lies" that I apparently missed. Saying that research was ignored is not the same as providing research that discredits statements made in the article.
And of course lets not forget JaGEx is a company, which needs to make money, so they want to release the program with everyone starting equal so the rewards would take longer to get, thus encouraging more people to (hopefully) remain subscribed longer
Somehow you seem to disregard the fact that they are actually making RuneScape, the game we play, if they're getting more money, we should be happy, not anything else.
I see no diffirence between this and waiting those months (even if you subsribe one month at a time, only when you play). Actually it's even better, it's free stuff you get for doing nothing.
The intention is purely to attract free players to the members’ game, and encourage current members to keep paying (especially when summer ends), with the enticing prospect of yet more content. I’ve never seen a lazier marketing ploy by a developer. Jagex are not offering these loyal customers of theirs anything new in terms of deeper gameplay, or anything even remotely as good; in a nutshell, they’re offering people who pay over extended periods of time the ability to make their avatar literally roll on the floor laughing.
That's the whole point - they are 'forcing' people to get more membership by such methods instead of making them want to do it on their own for the quality of the content and game itself.
Why should i be happy or care that they are making money? The only thing i care about, with regards to Runescape, is that i enjoy it. Sure, theoretically speaking more money can mean more investment into Runescape, but im not seeing that. All i'm seeing is more money in their pockets for an increasingly less relevant game.
Again, that's the point - you get things for doing nothing and it's all just to make you pay money for a game you aren't even playing.
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- H.G. Wells, The Island of Doctor Moreau
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