Hi. It’s me, Kerono. Look, it’s been a while, I know. I’ve said some things I regret, you’ve done some things you probably will regret in the future. But all that is behind us, for now. Can we just talk about the future for the moment? Please? Because I think that if we just try, we can save our future.
Specifically, let’s talk for a bit about microtransactions. I don’t have a problem with them, as long as its only cosmetic stuff. That said, you promised you wouldn’t make them P2W back when you introduced them. I mean, I can go back and dig out the announcement if you don’t believe me. The trouble is, you’ve kinda-sorta made them P2W. Now, before you get all agitated and tell me that you haven’t, let me explain what I mean. You know those skill extractors/injectors you introduced a while back? We’ll use those as an example. If you don’t remember, they’re basically a way for players to trade skill points; one player extracts 500k skill points, another uses the resulting injector to supplement their training. This allows people to have shortcuts for things like capitals, which you and I both remember were supposed to be something special, something that took years to get to. Granted, it would be absurdly expensive (for most players), but the fact that it can be done at all is more than a little disappointing.
I’m willing to forgive you for that, though, because we can still make this work if we try. But the problem I’m having here is that, see, the extractors are kinda, sorta on the NES. Available for PLEX. Which can be bought with real life money. Do you see the problem here? It’s a shortcut for skillpoints that is bought by someone else, for real cash; in short, it’s P2W, but worse because the person getting the shortcut doesn’t even have to pay the RL cash for it. Sure, the total number of SP in the universe doesn’t rise because of them, because you’re not buying injectors for cash and someone has to put their SP into it first, but surely you can see why I (among others, mind you) have a something of a problem with this, especially because you seem to kinda be skirting around the aforementioned issue on a technicality.
Now, you’ve broken promises before, hell, everyone does at some point. And I’m not mad, I promise. Walking in Stations was a bad idea anyway, I mean really, it didn’t have any bearing on spaceships at all, and likely never would. You were showing off, and I guess that’s fine. But this… This really hurts. It hurts me, because it makes our time together less special. But more importantly, it hurts our future. I mean, where does this stop? Soon you’ll be giving up guns and ships and giraffe pants for PLEX, and no one wants to see you end up like that. At the very least, it would kill the spirit and you’ll push all the people you love away and no one will look at you the same way again. At worst, it could seriously hurt you, even kill you. Nobody wants that. You have people who love you, and want to see you bright and happy. I really hope it’s not too late for that.
There are other things I want to talk about, but… Well, I can save them for later. One step at a time. I just wanted to try to get through to you, in the hope that you might turn around and get back on the straight and narrow. I know it’s not what you want to hear, but… This is what I, and many others, are seeing, and we love you too much to just let you do these things to yourself.
Please, write me back.