I’d like to thank @Aegris for their fantastic The Gates of Hell 2019 redux. For those of you who have not read it, it is a fantastic look back at the heaps and heaps of sh*t this company has made it’s player base wallow through in the name of enjoyment. And the hilarious thing is that this is just one year. I am sure that 2016, 2017 or 2018 versions of this would be similarly “enlightening”. Seeing all of those f_ck ups listed in one place made me realise that this company does not care for their players. They do not care about your experience. They do not care that you are misinformed or dissatisfied with the game. They do not care if bugs are rife. They do not care that in-game support lies. They do not care that Russian hackers provide more reliable information than they do themselves. They do not care that they are deceptively selling items with no value. They only care that your money keeps flowing in. And, as I said in response to that post:
Any single one of you who has moaned, complained, felt frustrated or annoyed and yet still dropped money into Scopely’s pockets are hypocrites.
Players United, $p€nding $trike, whatever the movement have all failed because they didn’t stop the thing that would really make a difference. Cash flow. Sure, they may have made some positive changes. But if the only reason a company makes those changes is because you are threatening their profits, is not clear and obvious what they are really concerned about? Even if all of us forum users were keeping our wallets closed, every time one of our faction mates blew a ridiculous sum on the latest OP character, or grumbled away without cancelling their sucker’s club membership, we were all complicit by not saying “dude, what the f_ck are you doing?”.
This weekend I did something I have not done since mid-September 2015. I didn’t open WD:RTS. In fact, I haven’t opened the game for around 60 hours now. I believe that this action ended a 1,277 day streak of logging into the game (which of course ignores the year-ish of logging in during the pre-prestige-era). I missed my faction winning the weekend SR, I have missed the Tiara’s, I missed the gold bars and daily S-class maps. And I am ok with that.
Around Tucker’s revelations I summed up all I had spent since my first in-game purchase: about £1500. This made me sick, despite it probably putting me in the “mild spender” category when you factor that it is about £30 a month. I could have brought a PS4 and a brand new game every 2 months for the last four years for that amount of money. I previously travelled for six weeks in South America and spent less than £1500. What makes it worse is that I have nothing to show for it. Literally, the only residual impact on me now is the small gap on my phone screen where a familiar app once sat.
But this post isn’t a swan-song, nor am I inciting other’s to quit. If you enjoy this game, great, keep going. For me, I came to realise it was an addiction that was having a negative impact on my life. I am therefore going sober. I have not “nuked my account” so a lapse is possible, but I can’t see it happening as I have not missed a single thing about the game over this last weekend.
I’d like to thank original Decatur region players for a blast - Don’t Need Luck, Chosen Ones, New World Order, Final Uprising, Testicle Festival, plus This is Spaaartaaa and S A V A G E S for giving me a home when most my original faction mates had quit. Not that any of them will see this.
I have been highly critical of Scopely on these forums, generally not to the point of being censored, but who knows what will happen with this post. Prior to this post I have 10,000+ likes and am in the elite Admired club so I like to think of as a respected member of this community, even if I haven’t always agreed with the posts being made here (and sometimes my sarcasm probably was too much for some). I think I’ve enjoyed uniting with other forum members to moan and bitch and whine about the game as much as I have enjoyed playing the game.
For those of you striving for change, keep it up.
Benjy (a.k.a Kanaima)