The recent bruhaha over the game of EVE Online regrading their microtransaction store and the types of things they intend to offer players(possible buy-to-win items) is disheartening to say the least. If the alleged Internal memo is for real and not a fake, then I can only say it makes my heart drop. I for one cannot believe the CCP would be so foolish to do such a thing to such a wonderful game. This will drive their current, long standing vet fanbase away(the exodus of long standing players has all ready begun) and turn EVE into just another buy-to-win game that this genre does not need.
But call me little Ms. Optimistc, I do not believe that CCP will be this self destructive. It is one thing to place vanity only items into your MT as Blizzard has done, but to add anything other than vanity items into your MT, things that will unbalance the player machinations that drives this games virtual economy, territorial control and basic game play will bring it crashing to the ground. EVE is a sandbox and as such it is a unique gaming experience and in such, as it is, all it takes to toss the game into chaos is to introduce an element that will unbalance that fine line it walks right now. In mine and other players opinions that play EVE, the addition of items that will unbalance this virtual universe will be overwhelming. As I said, to add strictly vanity items is one thing, but buy-to-win items will ruin EVE.
So if the rumor is true and CCP intends to add such things, EVE as we know it will become just another bad game added to the sea of other bad games - unless CCP does the right thing.
Face it, they do not have the subscriptions a game like WoW has to play Russian roulette with their base fans. EVE is nothing without its fans. In today's gaming market a game company cannot expect to get away with whatever they want and neglect their base fans - period - end of story. CCP does not have this luxury. If they really believe this, than they have been living in a cave in Iceland the last few years(I hope that is not the case).
Just give them the time they need to sort this mess out. I love Incarna and I want it to succeed, but not at the cost of the games fans. Without them, this game becomes just another POS game on a market all ready flooded by those types of games.
So here is hoping the people in charge at CCP understand that if they want to be an SOE and drive their main fans away and make them bitter - they can do this, but be prepared for the backlash. It will be fierce. Ask John Smedley if he regrets what he did with SWG and the NGE and if it was a good business move. SWG still hasn't recovered from the NGE(in the last week they are removing 2 more servers and moving players to the remaining ones - there is probably less than 30k people actually playing SWG today compared to the 450k they had before the NGE). Update 7/2/2011: SWG is closing its doors. It will no longer be available to play as of 2012. SOE announced that they were taking the game down for good. (see what happens when you are out of the loop for 2 weeks)
I would also, like to add one other comment. " ARE YOU INSANE CCP?! " If we break down the cost of some of your current vanity items based off the cost of converting real world money for the cost of say that monocle in the MT store(by taking the cost of Plex and coverting it to Aurum) it comes out to roughly $60 US. Really?! ::rolls her eyes:: Please, this is just insanely high for a virtual item. All your virtual items for that matter are priced insanely high. Be reasonable and lower them - a lot! It is crazy to think you'd place prices so high on a silly virtual item. Some of the clothing items in your virtual store cost more than real world items. This is game - and you're no Saks Fifth Avenue.
So chins up! Give CCP a chance to make this right(the MT stuff), and get the rest of Incarna out, and lets see if they can continue to deliver the game we have all come to love. If they can't and won't - then to hell with them - I'll be the first to biomass and cancel my sub.
Side Note: I am in the process of relocating. I am heading back to the west coast! Yeah! \o/ Hate the hot muggy East Coast. Back to my mountains, oceans, rivers and the great Pacific Northwest in general! So it'll be about a weak and a couple of days before you hear anything from me again. Also, you can now follow me on Twitter! Yes..I broke down and got a Twitter account. Just look for TealaTeJir and add me! It'll be fun! So until next time.