Free or Not, it’s a perfect example of greasy Scopely business ethics that suck the life/trust out of this game.
It’s also more clear that nothing will change as long as there are apologists who condone their behavior. Intelligent, articulate people who actually play the game and see the community hollowing out and should know better.
You do need to take the context of the statement into consideration. This wasn’t a statement made in-game, or in an official forum post. It was made in the course of a chat conversation and (from what I have seen) has been presented without any context of the preceding and following statements made.
I don’t condone the behaviour at all. I have been as vocal as anyone in complaining about Scopley’s terrible communication and how, in many instances, it leads to the implication that they are purposefully creating a state of confusion and misinformation. I genuinely however believe it is simply incompetence, something we have seen many times when they do end up communicating.
I’d also point out that those who are calling out members of the community on their bullshit does not mean that they support or condone Scopely’s behaviour. It was clearly reckless for JB to make such a statement because either he knew it would be a useless shield because it would require many months of paid subscription or he didn’t know it would require payment, and therefore shouldn’t have made the statement without the facts.
I think @Rickygrimes said it above alot of the animosity came from jb making it seem like something good was coming for free. While the statement of it being free is absolutely correct. I didnt pay anything to receive it, but to use it effectively in current meta is a cost. This goes back to communication. While i can understand why he maybe thot this was exciting news he obviously wasnt completely in touch with players needs and wants. But people will tear apart sentences and words to mean different things it can be hard to make statements without backlash. I don’t think there’s anyway to make the entire community happy at the same time.
f2p idea is bad why we demand f2p shield in 1st place… we already got f2p decap and disarm if we f2p get everything free thn why would people spend and tbh dont forget these types of games want money to run their business not our wishes
Was JB trolling a bit? Yes. Was I disappointed to see that the ‘free shield’ was useless unless you spend money? Very much. Was I surprised? Not really. Do I think he did more harm than good with that statement? Absolutely.
I’m actually not defending JB for this statement at all. I don’t think businesses should mislead people. But, I think using a weak argument like ‘I define this word differently than the rest of society does because the actual definition doesn’t fit my rhetoric’ is silly. Words have meaning because the society that speaks the language has agreed on a meaning. Language is living and changing, and words do change meaning over time, but you can’t just one day decide a word means something different than what everyone else thinks it means.