RuneScape - The MTX beck was bad
Jagex, the MTX beck was bad. Here's how you can do better. I'm traveling to abode this on the acceptance that the Jmods in actuality ambition to do able-bodied by both the players and their shareholders. That accepting said, today's livestream was not what any of us were acquisitive for and that's about worse from a PR angle than not adage annihilation at all. Here's how you can do bigger (in accepted and in approaching streams):
1, Aboriginal and foremost, if ambidextrous with this affectionate of backlash, you charge to arise at us with something solid. During the beck there were a lot of ideas, speculation, "we're traveling to agreement with X," hypotheticals, soon(tm), and all-embracing aggregate seemed to be an exercise in theorycrafting. It may complete abundant on paper, but words are just words and absolutely bluntly the association no best trusts your words. What you charge to do is acquaint us absolutely what you're in actuality traveling to do and if you're traveling to do it. We charge to apprehend from you what you're accomplishing to appropriately abode the issues aloft by the association and if we can apprehend progress. We didn't absolutely get any abstraction of your affairs for the approaching and that was hardly needed.
2, At this point, I'm not abiding you guys are able of absolutely captivation yourselves accountable. I don't anticipate it's advised or that you even apprehend it, but angle seems to be a trend with Jagex. A acceptable band-aid to this would be to accept anyone bedfellow on the livestream as a community/player apostle via Skype or Discord. This can be absolutely anyone who's abreast and amorous such as a agreeable architect or added affecting amount in the community. Ideally, they'd authority your anxiety to the fire, ask the boxy questions and appeal complete answers. It's traveling to be afflictive for you. I get it. But in the end, you'll get some acumen into the minds of the players and your association will annual you for it.
3, This is a bit of a balmy affair but Mod Warden, you've gotta try to relax. I could acquaint you were afraid and at times, I anticipate that resulted in you articulating your credibility poorly, which REALLY doesn't admonition in this situation.
4, I acquainted that you guys didn't in actuality yield the livestream complete seriously. This is not a devblog area you altercate new agreeable and try to body hype. This is a acknowledgment to association backlash. Stay on-topic and accumulate the badinage about to a minimum if humans are pissed at you. Treat this affair with the calmness it deserves.
5, You guys absolutely charge to focus on befitting the agreeable updates constant and appropriately QA testing everything. If the dev costs accept gone up so much, shouldn't we accept something to appearance for it? Honestly, I don't anticipate the abuse would be about as bad as it is if we kept accepting acceptable agreeable like we acclimated to. Yes, Anachronia and the coffer rework were great, but those were the alone two complete updates we've had for months and the coffer rework was added of a UI amend than complete content. Plus, the spaghetti cipher is absolutely assuming and it seems like even tiny application weeks breach something. How continued accept deadclicks, crashes, and addict bar aberration been in the game? These are austere problems for any game, abundant beneath one that requires an alive subscription. If you guys are accomplishing austere engine plan to try to detangle that hairball of code, at atomic let us apperceive about it.
6, I don't accept you guys candidly advised the angle of the boilerplate player. Allotment of the acumen humans are so affronted is not just the actuality that you can absorb money in-game. Humans animosity how accepting boatloads of xp devalues the accomplishment agency of skilling, abnormally post-99. Humans animosity how it seems like every time we log in, we get a popup for some new advance even for humans who like me accept never already bought keys. Humans animosity how MTX promos breach captivation added generally than not. A lot of of your players just ambition to play the game, accept fun, and achieve things. At times it seems like the MTX systems, decidedly TH interferes with that and I don't anticipate you accept this.
7, Your MTX strategies consistently end up accepting added rather than alternative, which makes me anticipate that you just don't get why humans are upset. A acceptable archetype of this is Runepass. Now, I anticipate the battlepass arrangement is one of the healthiest agency of introducing MTX into any bold and I in actuality absolutely ambition to animate you on this. However, if it's just traveling to be accession affair on top of all the applesauce we accept now, is it absolutely analytic anything? The complete botheration with the aboriginal Runepass was not that it wasn't annual the amount (though that was a factor). The complete botheration is it was just accession band of MTX tacked on and you didn't even accede abetment off of the MTX strategies that are added arrant or abuse the candor of the game. Look, Runepass could be a abundant opportunity, but it NEEDS to arise alongside some added changes if you ambition it to be well-received. Abacus a appropriate MTX advantage and not removing or altering the ones that humans are pissed about will not achieve them any beneath pissed.
8, You've gotta do something with Solomon's, man. You said it yourself, it's bulky and dated. You could do acceptable things with it and had you in actuality approached it well, it could accept concluded up accepting the primary MTX of Runescape, and I don't anticipate abounding humans would be upset. Added amateur are able to advance alone on corrective MTX revenue. Yield a attending at Alliance of Legends. They're not alone self-funding, but they just arise a half-dozen added amateur that are in abounding development and a lot of of that money is advancing from MTX (though I will not abstain that their advancing esports attendance is aswell a acceptable antecedent of profit). This is because they accept a arrangement that is accessible, calmly integrates with added systems, and does not affect gameplay (which makes the boilerplate amateur abundant added accommodating to abutment it). You could accept gone that avenue instead of the "selling xp" route, but I don't anticipate it's too backward to in actuality plan on it.
9, I've been as affable as attainable so far because I absolutely am aggravating to be advantageous here, but I accept to be edgeless here. Adage that you would not even accede an MTX opt-out for banking affidavit is fucking scummy.
There are humans out there who are bank addicts and cannot ascendancy themselves if the befalling is placed in foreground of them. There are humans who compulsively absorb money on YOUR bold and that $1,300/week cap on MTX spending is accomplishing annihilation to stop humans from ruining their lives. Denying humans the adeptness to opt out or even to set a cap on their spending because you don't ambition to lose a bang is evil. In the complete world, you can calmly put yourself on a common bank blacklist.
They do this to admonition humans who accept addictions they cannot ascendancy even admitting they ambition to achieve money just like you. Get your fucking priorities straight.
Look Jagex, if I watched that stream, I larboard disappointed. I got my hopes up and already afresh I was let down. At this point, I'm added affronted at myself for accepting hopeful than at you. I absence the Jagex of my childhood, the ones who in actuality seemed to accord a bits about the bold and its players, who capital to do and achieve added than artlessly band their pockets. You guys acclimated to be one of the best dev studios out there, RS gold and it hurts to see area you've concluded up.
Please, for your annual and for the dumbass optimists like myself, do better. I apperceive you're able of it. I've apparent it. I don't ambition to see this game, which has been a allotment of my activity for added than bisected my life, blast and burn. Do better.