Yes, a new thread! I'm taking a leaf out of CCP's book- becoming self centered! anyway. I have a couple of things to say and statements that CCP has made that I want to attack out in the open, not burried under hundreds of posts.
Originally by: CCP Zulu - Blog
While it‘s perfectly fine to disagree and attack CCP over policies or actions we take, we think it‘s not cool how individuals that work here have been called out and dragged through the mud due to something they wrote in the internal company newsletter. Seriously, these people were doing their jobs and do not deserve the hate and ****storm being pointed at them.
They full well deserve any and all ****storms. In case you really don't understand why and aren't just trying to misdirect the heat from CCP Soundwave and CCP Zinfandel, I'll explain why.
Companies futures can be dictated by the opinions of their important staff. Entire company decisions can change based on one person with the right, or wrong opinion. You can claim Soundwave's standpoint was exaggerated all you want but his statements on the Alliance Tournament in support of Microtransactions show that it is more likely than not that his statement in FEARLESS is exactly how he feels
. In his position as lead game designer, that is not good.
I doubt I am alone in my utter hatred for Microtransactions. Their success was born from the filth that is Facebook Flash Games for computer illiterates, and they exist solely for making accessing all content in a game more expensive. They shift a developers focus from enriching and adding game content to creating more content with a pricetag. It's bull**** plain and simple, especially for a game that already has a subscription
Originally by: CCP Zulu - Blog
People have been shocked by the price range in the NeX store, but you should remember that we are talking about clothes. Look at the clothes you are currently wearing in real life. Do you have any specific brands? Did you choose it because it was better quality than a no-name brand? Assume for a short while that you are wearing a pair of $1,000 jeans from some exclusive Japanese boutique shop. Why would you want to wear a pair of $1,000 jeans when you can get perfectly similar jeans for under $50? What do other people think about you when they see you wearing them? For some you will look like the sad culmination of vainness while others will admire you and think you are the coolest thing since sliced bread. Whichever it is, it is clear that by wearing clothes you are expressing yourself and that the price is one of the many dimensions that clothes possess to do that in addition to style and fit. You don't need to buy expensive clothes. In fact you don't need to buy any clothes. Whatever you choose to do reflects what you are and what you want others to think you are.
You spent all day trying to find the right wording for your Blog and this is what you come up with. CCP, you're gone. I'm sorry, but that is no comparison. I honestly do not give a **** about all the extra crap that comes with a "Named brand" pair of jeans. I think anyone who spends in excess of £70-100 for a single item of real clothing that is not of significance a complete moron. Congratulations on lumping yourself in with people who design things for the stupid.
People do not play games in order to find something to throw money at. They play games to waste time. It's clear that the people you are trying to sell the NeX store to are people who are daft, but in Zinfandels comments there was talk of appealing to hobbyists who want to enrich their experience by adding attachment to their characters. I ask you this- Does this honestly require microtransactions?
Can you honestly say, straight faced while looking me in the eyes, that the only way to develop attachment is to charge more? I doubt it. In reality, that is just the spin marketing came up with. Nothing can ever justify microtransactions other than greed.