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Jagex to be acquired by Chinese mining company...


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http://services.rune...65764827,goto,1

 

 

http://massivelyop.c...mpany-for-300m/

 

Discuss.....

 

I predict more MTX and the eventual decline of the game, even more so.


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you mean having shareholders from being the same guys who [bleep]ed over nexon wasn't bad enough?

E: Kaur has pointed out an inaccuracy in this statement which I have corrected. thanks m8!

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Well from what it sounds like, IVP is selling it to the company...

 

Added link: http://massivelyop.c...mpany-for-300m/


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I want to cry.

 

Every game I've ever played that was passed into the hands of these essentially strip-mining (no puns intended) companies has gone down the shitter in a massive way. I really sincerely hope this doesn't go through, but I've resigned myself to cancelling my subscription at the first sight of ridiculous shit.


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you mean having shareholders from nexon wasn't bad enough?

What the hell are you talking about?



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IVP either owned or had majority share in Nexon, makers of Maplestory. They held the majority shares for Jagex as well a little bit ago. I don't know if they still do.


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IVP either owned or had majority share in Nexon, makers of Maplestory. They held the majority shares for Jagex as well a little bit ago. I don't know if they still do.

Yes, but nexon being a shareholder of Jagex? Saradomin Mage is on drugs again? Poor guy.



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Wouldn't be surprised if this brings something similar to the SoF to 2007scape. Doesn't really matter to me either way though


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I suppose I'm nonplussed about this.  That is, I'm not entirely convinced that this is something that people immediately need to get up in arms in.

 

Maybe if this sort of thing were done five or six years ago, back when Jagex really was looking tall and proud, then perhaps this would sound some alarm bells.  This would align with the near timeline that SoF was introduced into the game and the sudden rush of microtransactions that the game has become flushed with.

 

But primarily, I'm not entirely sure what could come of it.

 

It could be a wonderful and merciful thing in that Jagex can finally have a successful game that isn't RuneScape.  Studios that are relatively one-dimensional don't survive all that long, and for Jagex to have done so for so long is nothing short of impressive.  Every other platform they've attempted has crumbled in spectacular fashion, and if a new owner can get the game studio to that next step, then that'd be amazing.

 

It could be a terrible and devastating thing that sends the game into active disrepair.  I would say something along the lines of, "introduces X bad thing", but c'mon, we've already got microtransactions, higher fees for Membership, active playership is already at an all-time low, there are multiple versions of the game active...What else is there to take besides maintenance?

 

But we've got to identify that a company being bought out is how the industry works, and has been how the industry has worked for a very, very long time.  It could be good, or it could be bad, but the one thing that I believe to be certain is, it's too early to react to anything being thrown around outside of concrete details.

 

...This means that the MassivelyOp article is horribly skewed.  It hasn't been sold off yet, but they're in early talks.


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At this stage I don't know if it really matters. The process of the game being milked until it's teets fall off will continue.
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I tend to be leery about corporate takeovers. A lot of companies have gone to hell after being bought out. Here are just a few examples:
  • AT&T raised membership fees for and censored parts of the ImagiNation Network after buying it from Sierra On-Line. AOL began shutting down the service almost immediately after buying it from AT&T.
  • MySpace became an extremely crappy website after it was bought out by Specific Media and Justin Timberlake.
  • The once-respected Formspring became spammers after being acquired by Twoo.
  • Yahoo! killed off the Games Domain brand less than 18 months after buying it.
The list goes on.

I'm also concerned that the new company may pressure Jagex to not punish gold farmers given the amount of RWT that originates from Asian countries.
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Wow, I don't know what to think of this... Chinese business practice is very different for games than their western counterparts. Just look at Jagex's published War of Legends game: http://www.waroflegends.com/


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At this stage I don't know if it really matters. The process of the game being milked until it's teets fall off will continue.

 

You make some of the best posts on here lol.  Always make me chuckle 


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At this stage I don't know if it really matters. The process of the game being milked until it's teets fall off will continue.

You make some of the best posts on here lol. Always make me chuckle
That's because my posts are awesome hyperbole and its usually spot on in my opinion.

So saying things like I'm glad this has happened so that this my be the pillow over the face mercy killing the game needs or that the seeds have been in place for years already and this takeover is the bright sunny day and pail of water it needs to fully grow?
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you mean having shareholders from nexon wasn't bad enough?

What the hell are you talking about?

 

Maplestory. Superb game before Nexon sold it to the same type of company, now it's filled with 14 year olds who steal their moms credit cards.



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Was it ever really? I remember it and while not terrible it never seemed like anything terribly intetesting.
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I was a beta tester for Maplestory. (Still got the mark of the beta cap, SCRUBLORD/falsesuperiority) It was never particularly phenomenal, but it was a damn lot better than the shit it is now.


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