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Carl

Carl

Member Since 28 Aug 2007
Offline Last Active Oct 03 2018 06:16 PM

In Topic: Legacy Mode Beta - Coming 16th June

15 June 2014 - 09:29 AM

An update I'm actually happy to see.


In Topic: Runescape Dying? [Discussion/Observation]

10 August 2013 - 10:44 AM

It is not dying in the slightest, this whole merry-go round is old news and comes up all the time.

Jagex published some of their best profits to date in their last financial report and the fact they nearly doubled their team size, could afford to rent a dam castle and attract most big gaming news media to a press thing AND actually bought an office in USA to look into mobile gaming suggests anything but a company dying.

Content having P2P only content is NOT a sign of the game dying it is a sign of F2P is a demo and is meant to wet your appetite whist the awesome stuff you really want is P2P to make you pay for the game. This is basic marketing and has been true since day 1. F2P has always been a demo, argue what you like it is a fragment of the main game designed to specifically tempt you in to paying - regardless of how big or limitless it is that is a demo by all measures.
And not only that they reinvested all those profits and several million more in to growing the company; that is not something money grabbers do they keep the profits.

Microtransactions aren't desperation or dying either, it is the way the games industry is moving. Nearly every game from mobile phones to consoles have what amount to microtransactions these days, be in The Sims expansion packs, Bioshock DLC or Candy Crush paying for special power ups it is the industry norm and it works. Jagex would be morons to not follow suit.

Has their systems for earning income and their balancing of how to entice F2Pers over evolved? Certainly, but it is by no means desperation or a sign of them dying it is a sign of a company that is capable of reassessing the situation in light of how the industry is evolving.


Based on what you've said and my own observations, Jagex isn't dying but one of their products, Runescape certainly is. While their profits have soared greatly, this is due to weekly SoF and Solomon promotions (I'm a sucker for promotions, have spent a few hundred € over the past year) - not the number of membership players there are. Worlds that were popular two or three years ago are struggling to survive, they cut down a portion of the worlds recently as a result.

I do miss what it was a few years ago, seeing so many familiar faces on a daily basis (Remember w99?), but now standing in popular worlds like 24 you're met with a small handful of people.. Nothing like even just a year ago.

It sucks. I don't want it to, but it does.

In Topic: Runefest 2013 Venue announced!

29 July 2013 - 10:58 PM

If it helps, I used to live in the Land of Leprechauns :P


Land of Leprechauns? I've never heard of such a place!

Sure if you end up going I may just see you there. :)

In Topic: Runefest 2013 Venue announced!

27 July 2013 - 09:51 PM

Rather interested in going to it this year as I'm finding it harder and harder to keep motivation to play, may lose it altogether come next year.

Pity I don't know anyone else going (That lives in Éire).

In Topic: A bit of a security risk

27 May 2013 - 01:30 PM

This always happens, not a security risk for myself though; I find it to be more of a convenience!