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Boycotting Neverwinter and all B2W

DaranarDaranar Walkersville, MDPosts: 177Member Uncommon

I am so tired of gaming companies thinking they can make games that require your continual purchase of items, unlocks, skills, etc... to be succesful or even to just enjoy it.   Let me BUY the game and enjoy it freely.   Sure, item malls may be a great way to fund continual development.  Fine, give me cosmetics to buy or 10% boosts, not double!!   IMO best item mall is Defiance, it is definately not B2W (Buy To Win).   

If we players continue to support this method of B2W, we will continue to see more dissapointing games.   This is why I am boycotting Neverwinter by not even creating an account.   I don't want to even be a POTENTIAL dollar in their eyes.   This is why I have not returned to SWTOR in months.   And SWTOR is a game which disgusts me on an even deeper lvl.  Not only is their a subscription, but then you are encouraged to spend spend spend in the item mall for packs to get items that idiot players price in the millions (credits).   If I am a subscriber, why should I be buying item mall items?   Is $15 dollars a month no longer enough for access to obtain everythihng in the game?  Because I remember when $8 dollars a month was.    

I am gladly willing to spend almost $200 a year (excluding any expansions) on a video game, how is that enough for you stingy publishers?  And comment as you will, but don't try to answer my final questions.  It simply cannot be resonably answered.

If I want a world in which people can purchase success and power with cash, I'll play Real Life. Keep Virtual Worlds Virtual!

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  • TorgrimTorgrim GothenburgPosts: 2,088Member
    I boycotted this game as soon as I knew Cryptic was behind the wheel.

    If it's not broken, you are not innovating.

  • RemyVorenderRemyVorender Riverside, RIPosts: 3,266Member Uncommon
    Don't worry OP, you aren't alone. The masses will figure it out eventually as well. Give them time.

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  • flizzerflizzer Manchester, NHPosts: 1,550Member Uncommon
    I understand how Cryptic raises concernes, but for me as soon as I saw Perfect World the alarm bells went off.
  • JorlJorl SunderlandPosts: 257Member
    I'm waiting for it to be open access, which is 19 hours from now. I learned my lesson from TERA and WarZ... no way will i cough up £50 pounds for beta.
  • GdemamiGdemami Beau VallonPosts: 7,865Member Uncommon


    Originally posted by Daranar

    I am so tired of gaming companies thinking they can make games that require your continual purchase of items, unlocks, skills, etc...

    Don't play them, no need to make a post about it.

  • cybertruckercybertrucker Pensacola, FLPosts: 1,119Member

    Surely the OP meant buy it and pay a subscription for it instead of having to P2W. I know he doesn't think that a company can stay a float by allowing everyone to keep receiving a service free of charge? There is not a single industry that does this. 

    You are after all paying for a service with these online MMOs. These companies have to be able to keep the lights on. Pay their employees. Pay for bandwidth and server tech. Pay for advertising, and distribution. Pay to put food on To food on the table  for themselves.

    Or did you mean literally, that you should only have to have a one time purchase. Because this is not a single player game, but an ongoing continuing type of game that has overhead. MMO are not charities for gaming mooches after all.

     

  • PrecusorPrecusor PalmaPosts: 4,733Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Torgrim
    I boycotted this game as soon as I knew Cryptic was behind the wheel.

    Same here.

  • PurutzilPurutzil East Stroudsburg, PAPosts: 2,924Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Torgrim
    I boycotted this game as soon as I knew Cryptic was behind the wheel.

    So, your saying instead of giving a chance to a developer, you would just turn a cheek and ignore a game? So in the same light if a developer that produced good games, such as Sega, started making bad sonic games, you would still support them due to their past history so naturally the new games HAVE to be good?

    Eh... a bit of a silly way to judge games. Sure, be sceptical, but theres no reason to at least look into and see just what it does. 

     

    Honestly, if you want to support the game BUT reject the cash shop (which honestly is NOT that bad, though I do feel it should be toned down in some areas and prices adjusted for others) why not just play the game and NOT pay? Rather then boycott the game, boycott the payment model and make your voice heard against it. Show you enjoy a game and your just not willing to pay for it since the model itself is bad, otherwise they will likely make the false notion that 'the game was just bad, thats why they didn't pay' instead of seeing the real issue being the cash shop.

  • furbansfurbans Tinbucktwo, IAPosts: 965Member
    Originally posted by cybertrucker

    Surely the OP meant buy it and pay a subscription for it instead of having to P2W. I know he doesn't think that a company can stay a float by allowing everyone to keep receiving a service free of charge? There is not a single industry that does this. 

    You are after all paying for a service with these online MMOs. These companies have to be able to keep the lights on. Pay their employees. Pay for bandwidth and server tech. Pay for advertising, and distribution. Pay to put food on To food on the table  for themselves.

    Or did you mean literally, that you should only have to have a one time purchase. Because this is not a single player game, but an ongoing continuing type of game that has overhead. MMO are not charities for gaming mooches after all.

     

    A B2P model with a cosmetic/account perk cash shop is a perfect viable and proven model.  GW2 alone has proven that.  The problem with Neverwinter is that they are charging for any and every thing they can charge their players for.  And the question still remains on the quality of content to keep players goind.  Hell there really isn't any dungeon gear grind since its all BoE and likely can just buy all your gear with AD.

    GW2 had an engaging story and an immersive world.  Neverwinter severely lacks these and find myself doing *YAWN* another kills this kill that with no deep story telling.  Even DDO did a better job at storytelling.

    Neverwinter is a mediocere MMO at best that is a typical tale of sparatic errend doer.

  • SulaaSulaa nPosts: 1,151Member Common
    I've stopped playing any mmorpg with item mall, whcih kinda meant I've stopped playing any mmoprg at all.   It's rather interesting to watch from side-lines in between RL and playing other genres and types of games.
  • SovrathSovrath Boston Area, MAPosts: 18,461Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Gdemami

     


    Originally posted by Daranar

    I am so tired of gaming companies thinking they can make games that require your continual purchase of items, unlocks, skills, etc...

     

    Don't play them, no need to make a post about it.

    I have to agree, it's so earnest.

    Where were you all when they started showing commercials on cable after they said the whole idea was that there wouldn't be commercials on cable? And did you get rid of your cable when they started offering "additional" movies that the regular subscription didn't cover?

    play the games if they are good. Don't spend money if you dont' think they deserve it or spend a small bit if you are enjoying yourself.

    Or better yet, play the games and don't spend a dime and show them that f2p/b2w or however you want to call it doesn't guarantee they will pay their bills.

    Otherwise, there are SO many things in life that we'd have to give up. Like the gimmick of 3d movies and charging so much for those glasses? Or how about when you finally do watch somethign on TV it's not only rife with commercials but they have those stupid banners and logos that are way too big and always there?

     

  • ClaudeSuamOramClaudeSuamOram Hartville, OHPosts: 122Member
    Originally posted by furbans
    Originally posted by cybertrucker

    Surely the OP meant buy it and pay a subscription for it instead of having to P2W. I know he doesn't think that a company can stay a float by allowing everyone to keep receiving a service free of charge? There is not a single industry that does this. 

    You are after all paying for a service with these online MMOs. These companies have to be able to keep the lights on. Pay their employees. Pay for bandwidth and server tech. Pay for advertising, and distribution. Pay to put food on To food on the table  for themselves.

    Or did you mean literally, that you should only have to have a one time purchase. Because this is not a single player game, but an ongoing continuing type of game that has overhead. MMO are not charities for gaming mooches after all.

     

    A B2P model with a cosmetic/account perk cash shop is a perfect viable and proven model.  GW2 alone has proven that.  The problem with Neverwinter is that they are charging for any and every thing they can charge their players for.  And the question still remains on the quality of content to keep players goind.  Hell there really isn't any dungeon gear grind since its all BoE and likely can just buy all your gear with AD.

    GW2 had an engaging story and an immersive world.  Neverwinter severely lacks these and find myself doing *YAWN* another kills this kill that with no deep story telling.  Even DDO did a better job at storytelling.

    Neverwinter is a mediocere MMO at best that is a typical tale of sparatic errend doer.

    A bit confused here. By Neverwinter, you all are referring to?........

    Not Elder Scrolls Online right? Or is that right? What am I missing lol.

  • winterwinter El Paso, TXPosts: 2,276Member Uncommon

     Ah another "I haven't played the game but I'm boucotting it because its cryptic/PW" Sriously the games free to download, free to play. nothing in the cash shop is needed to play.  No P2W items Most can be aquired easily enough in game any way. Seriously your not Paying to equipe any decent loot drops (SOE/EQ2) Your not paying to have a decent UI (EA/SW:Tor) Your not paying to unlock areas/quests (Turbine/DDDO,LoTRO)

     

     Basically it seems the arguement comes down to

    A) You hate the company and will never play any of its games good or bad, or

    B) Nothing is ever "Free" enough for you ie items in the cash though totally optional shop should be as cheap or cheaper then item in the cash shop of subscription games or 3rd rate asain grinders that has half the game play.

     

      Understood, so have fun in whatever game you do play. Though in general the old saying is you get what you pay for. So don't be surprised if your playing crap thats cheap, or getting conned by paying both a subscription and for cash shop items.

  • SpottyGekkoSpottyGekko RotterdamPosts: 3,845Member Uncommon

    For years, MMO publishers were stuck with a very difficult problem: monthly subscribers flatly resisted any increase in the sub rates, while their shareholders continually demanded better profits.

     

    And then a miracle happened ! All over the internet, gamers started demanding a complete end to all compulsory payments. Gamers wanted to play for FREE. They would grudgingly accept Cash Shops, as long as they could play the games for free.

     

    The game publishers were at their wits end, it looked like a total disaster scenario. But then they saw the fantastic opportunities unfolding before them, and they were delighted ! 

     

    F2P brought many publishers undreamed-of profits. They couldn't (and still cannot) believe their good fortune. No matter what their Cash Shop models were, it seemed that there was always a group of players showering them with cash...

     

    Now, human beings are naturally curious, so it can be expected that the game publishers will test all the boundaries and limits of Cash Shop pricing. All in the name of Science, of course.

     

     

  • JimmydeanJimmydean Ypsilanti, MIPosts: 1,270Member
    This is why we advocate for subscription games. Took long enough for people to realise this.
  • AvisonAvison Orlando, FLPosts: 350Member

    In my opinion it's about the latest consistency of a developers games in relation to quality and my personal enjoyment. The more they wander from my perceived enjoyment and quality the less effort I'll take to give them more of my time. Cryptic has released turd after turd and have almost no time on my schedule and deserve no time.

    Several developers are in this area for me.

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  • TsumoroTsumoro EozeaPosts: 408Member Uncommon

    Would someone be able to tell me, what 'exactly' is B2W or P2W in this game. I am talking about items that have a direct advantage over other players that you can 'only' get through the store. I don't mean items that you can earn in game or pay for short cuts. 

    I just want to judge how invested I want to be in this game. 

  • TorvalTorval Oregon CountryPosts: 7,219Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Sovrath
    Originally posted by Gdemami

     


    Originally posted by Daranar

    I am so tired of gaming companies thinking they can make games that require your continual purchase of items, unlocks, skills, etc...

     

    Don't play them, no need to make a post about it.

    I have to agree, it's so earnest.

    Where were you all when they started showing commercials on cable after they said the whole idea was that there wouldn't be commercials on cable? And did you get rid of your cable when they started offering "additional" movies that the regular subscription didn't cover?

    play the games if they are good. Don't spend money if you dont' think they deserve it or spend a small bit if you are enjoying yourself.

    Or better yet, play the games and don't spend a dime and show them that f2p/b2w or however you want to call it doesn't guarantee they will pay their bills.

    Otherwise, there are SO many things in life that we'd have to give up. Like the gimmick of 3d movies and charging so much for those glasses? Or how about when you finally do watch somethign on TV it's not only rife with commercials but they have those stupid banners and logos that are way too big and always there?

     

    This is so true.  I also thought about cable (you're showing your age here lol) and commercials along with a myriad of other things we chose to ignore because it suits us.

    There are some damn expensive things in that cash shop, but I don't have to buy them.  If the game becomes "unfun" because of it or it seems too expensive I'll move on.  There are a lot of good games out right now that I don't need to worry myself with these sorts of things.

  • EtherignisEtherignis philadelphia, PAPosts: 246Member
    GL with that boycotting.
  • suntzu1000suntzu1000 vlissingenPosts: 2Member
    Originally posted by Tsumoro

    Would someone be able to tell me, what 'exactly' is B2W or P2W in this game. I am talking about items that have a direct advantage over other players that you can 'only' get through the store. I don't mean items that you can earn in game or pay for short cuts. 

    I just want to judge how invested I want to be in this game. 

    So far there are none

    Everything in the store can be earned by playing the game.

    The only difference will be that someone who puts in real money will have it faster.

     

  • BahamutKaiserBahamutKaiser Hyattsville, MDPosts: 306Member
    Item malls can work just fine, its what their selling and how it affects the game that is a problem. I firmly disapprove of anything that sells exp or levels, and don't even like equipment sales, because character development is a prevalent part of the game that should be made more enjoyable and timed to satisfaction, not used to oppress the gamer and make sales, any method of selling exp is an affront to good gameplay, it is an antithesis to satisfaction, pay to blaze through bad content instead of make the content better to play.

    Thoughtful items at appealing prices are far more inviting and acceptable. They are better off selling attractive content in a game that is thrilling to play anyway than selling a remedy to bad gameplay.

    Everything is circumstantial.

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    That way, if they get angry, they'll be a mile away... and barefoot.

  • GrayGhost79GrayGhost79 Webster, MAPosts: 4,813Member
    Originally posted by Sovrath
    Originally posted by Gdemami

     


    Originally posted by Daranar

    I am so tired of gaming companies thinking they can make games that require your continual purchase of items, unlocks, skills, etc...

     

    Don't play them, no need to make a post about it.

    I have to agree, it's so earnest.

    Where were you all when they started showing commercials on cable after they said the whole idea was that there wouldn't be commercials on cable? And did you get rid of your cable when they started offering "additional" movies that the regular subscription didn't cover?

    play the games if they are good. Don't spend money if you dont' think they deserve it or spend a small bit if you are enjoying yourself.

    Or better yet, play the games and don't spend a dime and show them that f2p/b2w or however you want to call it doesn't guarantee they will pay their bills.

    Otherwise, there are SO many things in life that we'd have to give up. Like the gimmick of 3d movies and charging so much for those glasses? Or how about when you finally do watch somethign on TV it's not only rife with commercials but they have those stupid banners and logos that are way too big and always there?

     

    Hulu, Netflix, free sites... I'd think you'd be surprised with how many have gotten rid of their cable lol... 

  • DibdabsDibdabs FelvershamPosts: 2,604Member Uncommon
    As I have said before on here, I haven't spent a penny in F2P Cash Shops and I never will - nobody NEEDS to buy anything.  People usually complain because they want to pay to win but are simply annoyed the price is out of their range.  :D
  • ShakyMoShakyMo BradfordPosts: 7,207Member

    how can a game without PVP be Buy To Win?

    I mean what does it do, let you buy the latest raid set?  If thats the case isnt that like buying a book and only reading the last page?  Not really winning.

  • RoinRoin Baltimore, MDPosts: 2,927Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Dibdabs
    As I have said before on here, I haven't spent a penny in F2P Cash Shops and I never will - nobody NEEDS to buy anything.  People usually complain because they want to pay to win but are simply annoyed the price is out of their range.  :D

    Are you crazy? Trying to bring logic into a hate thread. These threads never get old. Of course they are always started and followed by people with a nice "I am better then you attitude".

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