🙂 I try to keep my readers happy and blog at the least every few days. The thing is, I like adding pictures to the blog, and I have all my screenies on my home comp, so I only write those kinds of blogs at home. Yes, of course I could write the blog separately and then add the pictures later, but no, not really into that. 🙂 This is why I wouldn’t ever be a good novelist (unless it was a collection of short stories). I like to have my thoughts fresh in my head and I like to finish in one sitting. Including pictures. Writing a blog for me takes from half an hour to a few hours, depending on how much I edit the pictures. I also proof read a few times.
Anywho, mabar is up and I plan to write a few blogs about Mabar, my favorite festival. You’d think Cove was, with the amount of time I spent in Cove last year, but no, Cove is farmed out. Cove doesn’t offer anything I want, and it’s more of a frustration if you don’t find a good group. I love Mabar. I plan to spend ever day in Mabar for as long as it’s up. Or til I get tired of it. But back to the topic of this post, as I plan to do a Mabar post later with pictures. Commendations of valor, update 20 and Occupy Stormreach. And the last exploit. Here’s my opinions on it.
I have been following the forums some, but in the end I just get tired of reading about it. I don’t TR that much, and I’ve mostly been earning tokens and fragments from VON and ADQ. Checking Thazara’s bags, she had a good number over 100 raid tokens and over 4k fragments. So, I can get my toons hearts that will last me years (takes me usually about half a year to TR), unless they remove the usage of the old TR hearts which would have me annoyed. I do agree that removing the usage of the old tokens, while adding BtC commendations that can only be acquired from sagas is a very bad idea. The occupy stormreach protest was imo a fun thing, getting players together for a shared focus is always nice, but do I think it does anything? Not really, technically what the players are doing is causing more traffic on a less used server, which is a good thing from Turbine’s point of view. If you really wanted to hurt them, you’d just cancel your subscription, stop playing, etc. But then again, who does that help?
I think, my real issue here is the lack of communication. I know Turbine development team and others are working hard and doing their best to move the game forward to keep players interested and playing. But that’s the whole thing isn’t it? They’re developing the game for us, but they are forgetting to ask the players what they want. How about pitching some ideas to the players before putting it into development? Not new content, but about technical changes like the hearts of woods and reincarnation? How about doing proper planning before developing and putting poorly thought through stuff on Lammania?
What I highly dislike is ranting and raving about stuff like the commendations of Valor, without offering any kinds of constructive criticism. You know, any time you find a flaw, try to think of how you would like to see it fixed. And try to look at the whole picture. DDO is a game, but it is also a business. For the company to keep developing this game it needs to be profitable. If it’s not, they will take it down, no more ddo. If you really love this game like I do, try to help Turbine make it better, send in bug reports, do constructive criticism, come up with ideas on how to make things better. Turbine is about making money, but they will not make any if they don’t have a large enough player base that will keep spending money on the game.
I’m not planning on leaving, this is the only mmo I play and I don’t want to play anything else. If I stop playing ddo, I’ll just go back to what I was doing before ddo, spending my time in other ways and maybe training for some competitions. Most definitely sleeping more. 🙂 Most likely it’d be really good for me to stop playing ddo, but I really don’t want it. I’m addicted, and I want to stay addicted. But I worry. I worry that the game changes will drive players away. A lot of old time players have already left, and it’s for a good while already been harder to get groups for some stuff. For ppl who only or mostly run with their guildies it’s a non issue, but for me who depend on pugs, it worries me.
Then on to the exploit that I almost forgot to talk about. The exploit was bad, yes, and some ppl did make money off it. But how Turbine handled it was also bad. I got news about the exploit before the weekend (someone linked me a forum thread). I didn’t want to hear anything about it, I didn’t want ppl to figure it out, but leave it alone, as I saw that it would ruin things. Someone from Turbine removed the forum thread, as it was gone the next day. So, they were very much aware of the issue. What did they do? Nothing. From the player point of view they did nothing. On Tuesday they took down the shard AH and later the same day they ran a rollback hotfix. After which they posted a forum post saying that they will be investigating players, and banning anyone they suspect for 2 weeks, as well removing stuff from their inventories. Do I think exploiters should be punished? Of course, but this is wrong in so many ways. This is like putting treats on the table in front of you, then throwing u in jail for eating them. What Turbine should have done, was take the game down as soon as it was noticed, and keep it down til they could do a quick fix. Instead they left the game up, let the exploit spread, and then ban ppl for 2 weeks, and now they’re extending the ban for another 2 weeks so they can continue cleaning ppl’s inventories. I think this is all around bad. Will the cheaters learn from this? Of course not, the only thing they will learn is to be more careful next time… if there is a next time, as I’m sure some of the banned ppl have already left the game.
Is it a good thing that cheaters are leaving the game? Some might say so, I disagree. If you don’t want ppl to cheat, give us a reason not to. Someone said “offer a reward to anyone reporting a bug/ exploit”. Now that would be something. How about 1 month free VIP subscription? If you’re the first one to report an exploit, that can be proven, a nice treat would make you want to do it again. You’d most likely even have ppl helping you make the game better. Also, Turbine, if you don’t already have a group of ppl working on bugs, set aside some resources for this. Development is one thing, but if you can’t fix the bugs, you’re shooting yourself in the foot.
Alright, I have to get back to work. Will post a mabar blog this weekend. Cheers and tc.