Most of those things is what players actually WANT, there might be a vocal forum minority (most of us) who states to hate it but that’s not how that works.
Just like in World of Warships where Wargaming are being terrible when it comes to monetisation and introduce overpowered RL cash ships let right and centre and all the vocal streaming, CC and forum community hate it. But the normies buy it in droves and you see those ships en masse right from launch.
P2W is something most people expect/want
instanced content is something people expect/want
most people WANT to play alone in MMO’s, for the most part
Nerds vs normies, there are just way more normies and they tend to spend more. It’s really that simple.
Yeah, and that’s the problem isn’t it. There was the game that the devs set out to make, and then hordes of “normies” financially incentivizing them to compromise on their artistic vision in order to cater to their desires.
From a business perspective, I do not fault CCP for doing what they need to do in order keep the lights on (assuming it’s not outright exploitative or anti-consumer). However, from the perspective as a player who loves Eve Online for what it is, I can’t help but be disappointed in some of their decisions, and worried about what’s coming down the pipe.
Im just happy that ccp is being their stubborn, isolationist Icelandic self and stick, to a large degree, to their guns. Each month they don’t fully commit to the normie “everything easy and instant” crowd is a month they lose out on cold hard cash, them actively battling the “numbers go up” folks is a sign they care for the product up and have a long term vision they will, for better or worse, stick to.
One might criticise them for some of their stupid decisions but I’d honestly just be happy they’re not caving in. Enjoy it while it lasts.
They mine in high sec on 2-4 accounts, building their own stuff oblivious and indifferent to the fact that they would have made more isk if they would just sell the ore, they do it because they want to.
They’re part of a null alliance where they krab away in peace in their shitfit ships, not even in the intel channels, and once every 3 months they join a fleet because it’s required.
These are the people who buy store mounts. They’re not really invested into the game, they’re invested in having a good time without any distraught. If that means buying packs, fitted ships from the store or plex then they don’t give two shits about “what it does to the game”, it’s just a game. Nobody cares.
Yeah, and they have done things that I like, and I don’t want to go all bittervet up in here. I’m concerned, but haven’t given up hope yet. Nor am I going to let my concerns get in the way of enjoying the game while I can.
Maybe they just think that if they took their game the full-normie route, it wouldn’t be able to compete with all the other normie games that were designed for normies from the beginning. At least when I mine in other games, I can occasionally get a rare ore spawn. How am I supposed to feed my obsessive consumerism without the element of RNG rewards in my Skinner box video game?
I think this is a good point simply because the game was supposed to be a niche game at inception. (at least this was my impression) Trying to make it mainstream is difficult simply because the mechanics don’t support that approach. The chaos that was the game when I started was mostly for a smaller audience that could handle the amount of conflict. See Jumpdrive’s post above.
To my knowledge back in the days I think CCP’s side had minor movement’s which meant most of the in-game costs came from players deciding to buy plex or not. But now every other week there is some new special or pack than bundles some type of SP or plex package that swing’s in game costs heavily all over the place.
Every CCP special in someway or another can be seen as market manipulation as it has massive in game market effects.
The rest of the stuff is still player driven obviously like ships and modules and stuff, but yea.
Yeah, @CCP_Rattati really hasn’t been good for the game it seems. Population has plummeted under his leadership. This has happened for a variety of reasons…I don’t see things moving in a good direction at all.