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OK preparing myself for a lot of flaming already.
first, my credentials. I started playing SWG after it had been released for a year until after NGE. I had 2 alts on the europe infinity server. I've also been playing EQ2 for about a year.
in RL I work in finance and have some insight into the way major decisions like this are made. The way gamers have rected to the changes in SWG are similar to those of a football (soccer for you non-brits) fan - specifically manchester united fans when the club was sold to the Glazer family. you beleivce that through your purchase of the product that you own it. Sorry all but you dont... you are a consumer with all the rights that that entails and no more. we are owed nothing by SOE and LA (with the caveat that the NGE and TOOB is a case of misrepresentation insofar as the nature of the game changed dramatically in such a short space of time)
I am very sad to have lost access to one of the best games ever I had a great time playing it and beleive that many errors were made by many people. The biggets mistake was not charging enough for the monthly subs. This way they could have paid the DEVs more and stopped them defecting. Oh yes. Dont beleive that they left for anything other than money - they work for SONY after all and are highly skilled - valuable in the jobs market.
Of course the game was dumbed down to the level of the new DEVs - otherwise bug fixes would have taken longer and longer (if thta is possible) to implement and the system would have seized completely. Thus they metaphorically traded in their ferrarri for a Ford because they couldnt afford the mechanics fees, but still neede to drive.
so who's fault is it? no ones and everyones - market forces. Does anyone really think that SOE screwed the game just for the sake of it? no. It was (and still remians) the high watermark for the ingame complexity, player driven economy, playable land size etc etc but onece the rot set in it couldnt be removed.
I for one would welcome back a pre-CU server with open arms - happily paying double monthly subs if it meant the devs would work on bug fixes.
what proof do I have of the above? None other than common sense and a little knowledge. I do not work for SOE or LA or any affiliates or have any axe to grind other then the desire to put in my 2 pence worth after reading through all 36 pages in one sitting and thinking about what has been said here.
I'm really looking forward to Roma Victor tho......