Quick, before it’s gone! Star Citizen doesn’t know what it did. Do you realize it’s too late? Enjoy EQN, CU, Star Citizen, and the next few kickstarted MMOs because they are headed in a very bad direction from here on out. It’s sad too, because I’m pretty sure when we look back at this timeframe in genre history it will be as memorable as the EQ-WOW years. Things are changing and they are changing fast. Blink and you will miss it. When it’s all said and gone, blame Star Citizen.
“Tierless, have you been drinking again, WTF are you talking about?”
Money. The answer to every shady question always, ALWAYS ends with money and Star Citizen is raising way too much of it. You should all realize that right about the time SC hit 15 mill every greedy corporate game entity started salivating. “Wait a sec, these morons will pay for it, and if we give them tools, they will make the content for us too!” I can hear it in overly lit boardrooms across the gaming spectrum. “All we have to do it hype it, and make it look like it’s sorta inde and the fanboys will beg us to take their money”.
I don’t care what people do with their extra cash, and I even think us helping make content is well past due. Second life anyone, how did the other games miss that concept? But trust me, you heard it here first, after the first few MMOs make it through clean the shady ones will come. Lies, hype, bs, the same thing that has sent the genre spiraling for so long will infect this beautiful thing, so again, enjoy it while it’s pure, it’s probably already started to turn.
By turn I mean we pay to fund it, we pay again to buy it complete with the pre-order exclusives (for an additional fee) and we pay again for every piece of content in the game even though our friends made it. If GW2 is utilizing the casino model this is utilizing the Disneyland model (except were working at Disney while we pay to use it). Pay to get to the park, pay to get in, pay to use everything inside, and pay even more to make it faster and more convenient for ourselves.
We are at a crossroads. This can go either of 2 ways. The one I just detailed above will only happen if we allow our generosity to be exploited. I don’t wanna upset anyone’s chi, but I wanna get the message out before it’s too late. If we help direct it things can stay on this beautiful path where dev and player walk side by side through the utopia of collective game creation or we can let our guard down and end up spiralling down the path to MMO oblivion.
PS Utopia works both ways. We keep it constructive and positive and help promote and create and they don’t take advantage of us. We act like a bunch of spoiled needy fanboys and we head in an even worse direction, right back to the old blacked out, dark ages, no info development system.