In the past six years of the game that I have been around, there have been ups and downs. International friendships were built. Challenges were issued and defeated. Respected PG staff departed ways. Factions were created to assist with concepts and community engagement. Players made their voices heard with ideas that they believed would help gameplay. An entire new temporary section of the forums was opened for select players to openly discuss ideas regarding Atlas with PG. The forums have been rife with drama, activism, and arguably more scandal than a Maury episode.
One of the most common points of activism was for change in the game. Countless suggestion threads, PGCanWeTalk, the Limited Time Chat, and others called for components of the game to change to help endgame become more competitive. As it currently is and has been, the status of endgame is stagnant and repetitive. Atlas is a game of lag, bugs, and status quo. As a result, in the past months we have seen multiple teams either merge or vanish due to boredom and lack of competition. Several of these teams were top performers. Some were more surprising than others. But the bottom line in each of them was tedium brought on by monotony.
It is no surprise to anyone who frequents these forums that there is change needed in order to keep the game alive. No matter alliance, league, playing longevity, or spending status, it is a fact that is evident. There have been threads started by both PG and players with suggestions.
While it may appear redundant, in order for change to happen, change has to happen.
Too many times have decent baseline ideas been completely ripped apart and trashed by the community before they are even tested. In order for change to happen, change has to happen. This is a call for the community to be constructive in criticism, open to new ideas, and to not be afraid of the unknown if it potentially makes the playing experience as a whole better. Vitriol does not make the game or the community better.
Too many times have decent ideas gone unchecked and unnoticed by PG. In order for change to happen, change has to happen. This is a call for PG to consider ideas, however out of the box they may be, to think creatively for new solutions to old problems, and to have the courage to move forward with good ideas (maybe with some adjustments) in spite of vitriol in the community.
In my 6 years of playing, there have been many ups and downs. Friends have stopped playing, mostly due to lack of challenge. 90% of the passionate players who worked on PGCanWeTalk have since retired. There is someone at PG that I respect (although I suspect is overworked). Factions exist to assist with concepts and community engagement. The community is vocal, if highly resistant to any form of change. (And the forums are still rife with drama and more scandal than a Maury episode.) Something for all of us to remember, community and PG alike:
In order for change to happen, change has to happen.