I’m not a Whale, I just work hard and manage my budget well enough to afford getting AC. That being said? Don’t thank us. No Freemium Players owe us a damn thing or inkling of gratitude. Whales buy AC Scratchers because they have the disposable income for it which just means they were extremely fortunate in the game of real life, and for purely self-centered reasons.
We buy AC to get new shit. The vast majority of content offered from PSO2 and games like it are Cosmetics. Sadly, most online games these days do the Loot Box crap, which is glorified gambling. It’s designed as a game mechanic to screw with the chemicals in our brains and exploit the inherent addictive qualities in people. Dopamine Manipulation. Instant gratification, which then leads you to look for that next dose. Whales are victims of this system, they’ve got the money to spend or their parents do. And while adults have more resistance to it, kids who engage in these practices can very easily get screwed up psychologically for life.
The reason the Player Market exists is because of a group of people who essentially get exploited, and end up looking to sell off their surplus or unwanted digital goods to other players to make a return on something that would otherwise be wasted money. Prices are dictated by market forces, not some perceived altruism from Whales. They want Meseta from Freemium Players so that they can go and buy the items from said draws they didn’t get via Loot Box.
Don’t thank us for spending AC and selling AC Scratcher stuff in the market. Instead, feel sorry for us. We’re addicted to a game mechanic that is statistically designed to take advantage of us.
There are more Humane ways F2P games can go about this. But that’s a subject for another time. Just know other games have done it.
Would changing to subscription base model fix these perceived issues?