Does this forum have no moderators? I am seeing a distinct lack of moderation where genuine discussions regarding serious topics are taking place. Where someone can come in and throw in a one-liner to "disprove" a wall of text without providing a shred of evidence much less a screenshot almost as if to try and provoke an annoyance from those who merely seek to see the game thrive. Its literally one step away from commenting "lol have you tried being not poor?" or "stay mad" and then leaving the thread again.
Its so demoralizing to see the kind of toxicity that discourages any and all criticism from taking place, and I bet they feel like they're genuinely doing the right thing and standing up for SEGA, who turns around and thanks them with another AC Scratch by the current model's standards.
Have some standards for a game that should be embarrassed to have its livelihood depend solely on whales and practices that seek to abuse basic human psychology. I can log into the game and take screenshots right now, make charts and points about why I'd call it greedy. But it'd fall on deaf ears I'm afraid. It would probably get some snarky responses that would further demoralize me from raising any issues. Some people see no problem with the game, and sadly it is those people that also have big wallets that sadly seem to be the aim of this game. Those people who would leave the game on a whim if their $ didn't bring in enough meseta or praise, while the hardcore fans that were willing to support the game through many means that wasn't blatant gambling (greed) get written off as "not interested", or "didn't want to support the game, this is why we were reluctant to release Globally and we were right."
Its not a secret that gacha games bring in an absolute fortune. That's why we see a lot of modern games implement them. But its also not a secret that they are globally hated for the very reason that they're gambling. Gambling in video games using real money. Video games, a medium by the way which is classified as entertainment much like Netflix. Can you imagine paying 1eur to gacha for which show you'll get out of a bundle of shows? And then scratch to hope you get the episode you're looking for?
With those services you get the perk of not having to watch ads, and saving you time of the day skipping manipulation. And naturally you can select whatever you want to watch from their catalogue. In PSO2 you can pay for premium and you'll still
- Get advertisements
- Pay for customizing your character
- Not be able to change your colour scheme unless you have the unnecessarily elusive N-Colour-Change pass
- Get laughed at as you still have to manage your materials manually because the storage costs more than the premium itself in SG
Wow, we get 60 minutes to re-edit our character after using the pass? Where's the premium in that? Once you exit the salon, the 60 minutes are over in a flash, and you don't have to leave the salon to see how your character would look outside it either as you can change the scenery from inside it.
So where do we draw the line? If what we got so far can not be classified as greed @El-Zenchi, then what would you consider greed? You know, aside from even us, the paying members (in case you still haven't read the OP) wanting less predatory practices?
You know, in Sweden you pay about 230 euros a year for your medicine in healthcare out of pocket. After spending about 100eur, you only pay 50% for the meds. At some point you only pay 25%, and 10% until you've filled up the 230 euros limit. Then you're covered for and don't have to pay a dime anymore until the period is up.
And here's a game company, asking you to pay 90 euros for a motion, knowing full well how much people who love fashion would want it. A new scratch is released every 2 weeks. How many of these 90 euros "not greed, but completely reasonably priced and generous offers for supporting the game" are we going to see before someone speaks up?
I'm not asking for game to be made free and for us to be given everything. But for anyone reading the OP, wouldn't you have more happily played the current "content" if your seasonal points could have gone to some of the cosmetics of the "9th ANNIVERSARY Scratches"?
Why would you spend 10,000 seasonal points on a weapon you can buy off of the player shops for 1,000 meseta? Whoever put this event together does not know how much of a slap in the face it is to see even a (supposedly heartfelt?) "thank you" event be accompanied by a heavy layer of greed.
A practice like this isn't going to make the majority of the people go "Oh man that's so cool, I'm going to scratch for up to 160eur to get the [Falling Washbasin] emote!", on the contrary, it makes a large part of the population think "why would I pay the price of nearly 3-AAA games for one cosmetic?"
And you would be right in asking yourself that. Why is this game company asking you to spend the price of a new motherboard, 32GB of RAM sticks? Or in my case, the equivalent of 60% of what my government asks of me to pay out of my own pocket for medicine before all of it is covered for the rest of the period?
Once again. A scratch is released every 2 weeks. There's currently 7 of them running concurrently. 3 if you don't count the insult that is the 9th anniversary celebration scratches.
But the clearest example of greed?
But there are people who won't see a single thing wrong with this as a practice because they don't have a problem with a game company they're already paying a monthly premium to holding a cosmetic item out of reach teasing "You can't have this~ Not unless you pay an additional 90~140 euros."
What good is the "customization" aspect of a game that's heavily advertised as one of its perks, if even with a premium subscription you can't do the very thing they advertise unless you have an extremely rare virtual "pass"?
I can dig up a whole lot more, but I'm honestly getting tired. After nearly a decade of loving the game to bits I'm starting to realize that its not getting better, in fact its only getting worse as they make one questionable decision after another.
For each good change they make, they implement several eyebrow-raising changes in addition. I didn't expect to re-subscribe back to FFXIV until the Endwalker expansion released, but here we are...
I'd send all of this to support, hoping they pass it to Japan. But to what end? I'll have to rewrite most of it to not sound like a forum post and I don't know.. I guess I'm disappointed that after having felt like a second-rate citizen on the Japanese servers for the longest time (understandably so,) that we still feel like an afterthought on Global.
I guess I had hoped that Final Fantasy XIV's open-ness in at least discussing the problems and being open to input might rub off after PSO2's Global got announced. But we're left with silence as their latest "update" video that was more about even more ways to give them money sits at nearly, or over 50% dislikes on both JP and Global.
You can scream "stop being greedy" all you want, but there being this big of a divide tends to indicate a problem that needs to be addressed.
Edit: We have gone from ridiculing cash shops like the Horse Armour in the Elder Scrolls Oblivion, to defending companies manipulating us to get more and more money out of us.
The only thing F2P players can’t do that premium can is sell items on the market. Hence why I shout the mentality of something for nothing. Some louder more outspoken F2P players trying circumvent and manipulate though YouTube and forums disgruntled rants about how there no content. With the undertones of mistreatment of F2P players being lock out of market content while negating the fact that F2P are not contributing to the money flow development on a personal level. It easy to shade over this one simple fact through misdirection while bandwagon the community to strengthen their power of influence.