Look at where we came from and where this seems to be going…before it used to be mostly skill and some money was spent to rush to the end if you wanted. Now it is just spending so that you can get to the starting line of the next round of spending.
I am not saying there shouldn’t be spending, that would be ridiculous, but it used to be you bought consumables and things so that you could do an action. That action would then obtain something. Now, it is buying the something you can obtain, no need for action.
Looking at how even the new dragons and bases buffs are set up. They are supposedly a reward for completing a season line…although cost wise it is already stacked on top of the base, and then the dragons, event consumables, and now Atlas. So, you go through all of that to get to the starting line of what amounts to be an 80% difference between the starting point and the end. AND offense and defense are segmented so you essentially have to do it twice. And you can simply buy it day 1.
Cost alone is one thing but then you look at the massive amount and ease it is to hack the game…it theoretically just induces spending, until it breaks: I think this about sums it up 不见棺材不落泪. This is a Chinese proverb that roughly translates to, “shed no tears until seeing the coffin”. Meaning PG is clearly not going to take any meaningful action until something very drastic happens. And let’s just be real…crying would from a sense of sadness or loss, seeing as how they feel about the customer base, don’t think that part really applies on behalf of PG either.
I just see a slow and gradual alienation of the player base until it is the 1% and those that either quit or stop caring. That likely won’t end well for the game but I guess we will see. At the end of the day each and every person playing this game is hugely replaceable and leaving for most will have no major impact on the game on an individual level.
A lot of what they are doing is pretty unethical, illegal would be harder to prove though. I know PG hates when the word “refund” is mentioned and I am not trying to incite anyone to do so. But, given their actions I could easily see a case being made for it and ultimately if Apple or Google decides to award on then that says a lot I would think about the current state.
I am sure everyone has brought up negative sentiment before and it will be brought up again. I would like to think this time will be different but I think we all know better.