on '2013' :Ts_Stormrage
makes a lot of good points, I had not considered the private 2006 servers in this equation, since I I shut down talk about these things in my cc.
'On the whole, RuneScape is RuneScape.' : Absolutely!
'it is simplicity itself that they want ' : this seems true for at least part of the players I know who like '07, specially a few older players and some who are much more casual about playing seem to have trouble with EOC.
It took me, I am older myself, quite a lot of time to learn EOC, including a long stint at the Dominion Tower. I must also ad that even though I like EOC now, I would have definitely voted against it if asked before hand.
It took me being invested in Runescape, really mostly the community, and the realization that I had no choice but learn to get me to appreciating EOC.
It is the love of the RS community, which in part is my extended family, that makes me object to 07 so much.
'nobody had ever really needed to go into the Wilderness' : When Jagex brought back wilderness I suggested they made an effort to make the wilderness be attractive to non-pkers also. This would have made for exiting content for those players and .. yes.. targets for pk-ers, with the whole dynamic of cat and mouse.
We indeed only see this a little with penguins now.
I certainly hope the conclusion of this article is way to pessimistic though..
On 'The "good" old days?'
Very clever, the use of the first two paragraphs, and it shows what I think is the truth of the matter: a part of the community will never be happy with any change and always complain. The first article is right that EOC is not what it should be ( yet?) and that micro payments annoy the crap out of a lot of people, but, I still maintain those are not the real reasons reasons to actually quit for the vast majority of players.
0n my own article:
It seems our pixelated lives overtook my article rather fast.
Some of it changed, a lot stayed the same.
I did not realize when writing this how invested Jagex is in 2007scape, it still surprises me, since you can not expect to build a future on 6 year old content. Jagex is pushing the vote, has pushed the release including a lot of overtime and taking a lot of personnel away from the live game. If the vote reaches 500k, which it very well might with this level of investment by Jagex, some things will change.
I still think most of the returning players will soon move on again to what ever made them stop the first time, but 2007scape will have a longer life then I expected. If it becomes free I think most of the population that will make up the 07 community will be players who would have normally played the EOC game instead and /or are playing both. It takes commitment to start over, an ability and willingness to invest, that would have also helped these people enjoy the live game.
Some things in my article already came true,
It did take Jagex a lot of developer time to ad 07scape, as shown by their comments about overtime, diverting a lot of personnel and the need to postpone the new quest and possibly the new skill. They are not done yet either..
Bots are already prevalent in 07 ( I read this on the forums and heard it from clanmates, i can not play 07, since I refuse to 'vote'.
Curiously goldfarmer bots are largely gone from the live game a.t.m.
As far as 07 not being as people remember.. the first days many clanmates pmed us asking where to get 'so and so' , why was there no '(fill in what ever advance made after 07 you like ). The forums are full with 07 players asking for changes and additions .
I hope the 500k votes will not be reached, so 07 will require an investment making people less likely to spread them selfs thin and play both and I hope most my friends , clanmates will soon return after having enjoyed a visit to the past.
At the moment between 0 and 20 % of my clanmates on the game seem to be in 07, which is quite annoying, since they can not join the clan chat.