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Call of Everquest 2

My adventures and concerns in the world of Norrath.

Author: harvus3030

Station Cash

Posted by harvus3030 Monday December 29 2008 at 4:12PM
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My observations regarding EQ2, Smedley and the SC...

Love the game, and thus far, SC has not affected my gameplay in the least. Strictly from the perspective of my personal account, it never will, as I will never spend $1 on SC, ever. As long as the items remain fluff, and do not become game altering, I could care less if SC remains or not.

However, that being said, I also believe that if Mr. Smedley and SOE truly believed that players wanted SC as an option, they would have been trumpeting the system from the highest mountain, the minute they started work on it. There would have been announcements, and banners stating "Station Cash Coming Soon!". Let's face it - the community was blind-sided by this addition to the game. Of course SOE and Smedley knew the player base would react negatively - there is no doubt about that, just based on their actions regarding the addition of SC, but when it is all said and done, SOE is a company, and companies are in business to make money.

Furthermore, I'll assert that this was all carefully planned, to provide as much damage control as possible. There is exactly one reason that they waited until TSO was launched and purchases made....because those people who are genuinely upset by SC, will now think twice about quitting a game that they just spent $40 on. Yes, people can vote on SC with their money, but a large amount of money has already been spent, prior to SC knowledge.

Smedley contends, as posted on the EQ2 forums, that Station Cash will increase the player base, by providing more leveling options.  I disagree.  SC is not a solution which will increase the player base. If SOE was really concerned with increasing the player base, there would be an advertising campaign - particularly an advertising campaign that touts "Station Cash Coming Soon!". I also seriously doubt that this system has been devised to give new players a "leg up". Let's face it - levelling up a character these days, is a matter of logging in and completing a quest or two - it is almost that simple. Also, EQ2 has relied and continues to rely on word-of-mouth to garner new players. As I assert that SOE and Smedley knew that there would be a negative reaction to SC, I have to say that the assertion that this will bring in new players and provide more options is just another attempt to spin-doctor this whole situation, as they must have assumed that word-of-mouth would be negative.

Frankly, I don't fault Smedley for his spin-doctoring. His primary job is to put cash in SOE's coffers, and people do what they have to do to put food on the table. After all, it IS Christmas time, and I'm sure he wants to buy little Timmy the G.I. Joe with the kung-fu grip. Will his business decisions ever affect my life? Nope. Never. There are hundreds of forms of entertainment available to me, and if this one goes bad, I can move on to something else. At the end of the day, all Smedley has to concern himself with, is whether or not he can live with himself and get a good night's sleep.

But, I also don't want Smedley or SOE to assume that we, the player base, are entirely ignorant of their motivations.

Everquest 2 is a great game, and I love playing with my friends. I applaud the EQ2 team for working hard and making this game one of the best on the market. And, IF things go bad, I'll be the first to vote with my dollars. Until that time, SC is what it is - a bunch of junk that people might pay extra cash for.