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So this is a story/gripe about a situation many of you may be in, given how quite a few P2P games have fizzled out and recently decided to go pay per content, usually marketing it as free to play, which its anything but.
Many of you have purchased, at full box price, and paid perhaps one, or a few, month subs to these games. It lost its luster, had issues, whatever, you left. Months or years pass by and you start looking around at games. You see that game you bought a while back, its now free, perhaps has a lot of players now, some changes were made...so you think, why not, ill jump in..see whats changed, maybe ill like it again, perhaps new life has been injected into the game, perhaps old issues are remedied.
So you log in. Your greeted by a character select thats a mess. Servers have merged, of course, its a good thing i guess, more players...however...all your character names are now taken...awesome... Whats worse, some games in the process of going free reduced character slots, so now you have 6 locked characters and can only choose two to play.
My problem starts here, the first few minuets of returning to a game i supported at launch. Was my $40-$60 no good at the time to at least reserve a name, now the name thing doesnt bother me...locking my characters and pretending im a free player does. I paid more than most the free kids have...yet i cant even access my character without deleting most? I cant even create a new character (something i need to do to get back into the game)...what the hell?
Typically its at this point that i give up, never having enterd the game. I must decide to delete just about all my character if i want to start a new one and get back into the game..as if my box purchase and several months of subs paid have been completely...forgotten...
The sad thing is, this game at one point held my interest, i paid for it, i played it, i did enjoy it...but now returning to it, as a free game, just to see if its worth comming back, and i cant even get on. Or if i choose one character and hop in, i cant use my stuff, my inventory has been reduced...its a nightmare.
And i think to myself...if this is their idea as to how to get people to come back...wow.
So ive done this with a few games that i played in the past, that are now "Free" and every single time i end up just unistalling it. I feel i shouldnt have to make a free account just to make a character and try it out, again, i paid for the game, i uderstand its now free and they probably are desperate for money...but at least let me create a character and enjoy somewhat at game that i remembed, chances are i would have been down for at least one month of sub money if it brought back enough good memories.
So am i the only one here who feels shit on when i return to an older (or not so old) game that i once sunk $40-$100 worth of subs and box prices, only to find out that money didnt mean a damn thing when the game goes free and im treated like a freeloader who must be enticed to spend a few bucks just for a normal game experience?
Does anyone else feel that perhaps returning players should get the normal game, with perhaps restrictions on endgame, rather than in your face when you first log in restrictions?
Again these were games that i felt fine spending money on, and i just want to return, see whats going on, give the new character thing a try, log onto my old main, check stuff out, see whos still playing...whatever...but i cant, without getting nickled and dimed...let alone having to re-register as a completely free character usually just to make a new alt...i cant possibly thing of a bigger turn off to returning to a game that obviously needs people who will/have spent money to play, then kicking them in the face on their first login in months or years.