I started playing circa 2002/2003, got banned a few years later. I started playing again last weekend with a new account, and boy have things changed. As someone who leveled up on RSC and is now leveling up on RS2 (or RS, as it's now called but it will always be RS2 to me), I cannot believe how easy things are now. Within the space of 8 days I've reached level 37, have 750k in the bank and 400+ skill total. I think back in the day it would have taken me around a year to reach level 37 and I don't think I reached 750k until after atleast 2 years of playing time. I have a career change coming up which means I will soon have zero playing time, but aside from that, part of me is wondering if it's even worth continuing to play. Certain things were inevitabley going to get easier, such as "merching" with the introduction of the official RS forums and more recently with the Grand Exchange. Another thing that original RS members will certainly agree with, the removal of certificates and introduction of notes is something that was absolutely necessary but again, made things alot easier.
One thing I cannot agree with is this one click fishing/mining/whatever. That was the beauty of the game, having to repeatedly click "mine ore" or, God forbid *right click* "harpoon fish". The new way isn't cheating in the literal sense of the word, but Jagex have given up the keys to the kingdom with the change. It is something you could only dream of back in the day, but that's what it should have stayed as - a dream. It's akin to the ;rosebud cheat on the Sims or being Bruce Almighty - what's the point of carrying on if the challenge is gone? How can you maintain such motivation when it's this easy?
As for the toolkit... hmmmph. Yeah it's is handy, definitely, but what was wrong with having a pickaxe (note - just a pickaxe, not a "bronze" pickaxe, there was no such thing in days gone by) take up one of your inventory slots and having to alternate between mining 13 copper & 14 tin ore, and 14 copper & 13 tin ore e.t.c.
From what I've read there has been some problems with bots and it just seems that Jagex has given in to make things easier to stop people turning to botting. They'd be damned if they didn't do something and damned if they did... but yeah... damn them!
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