Chinese Gamers Blockade MMO

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nilcypher:

"It is no wonder that the netizens are protesting: In a virtual world in which real-world money means everything and actual ability counts for nothing, what embodies the values of life?"

It's an MMO... Actual ability doesn't count for anything anyways...

That said, the story confuses me a bit...Can't they just, not play it...? Or have they paid for it already or what?

Erana:
And I've heard people call the Chinese weak-willed...
This is also why I think subsctiption-based MMOs is overall a kinder model.

Kinder model? That would explain why those damn kids get $100 a month from their parents and can pay... Or why in EVERY poll on be it Guild Wars, Aion or any other MMO the average age of a MMORPGer is 20-25.

Abedeus:

Erana:
And I've heard people call the Chinese weak-willed...
This is also why I think subsctiption-based MMOs is overall a kinder model.

Kinder model? That would explain why those damn kids get $100 a month from their parents and can pay... Or why in EVERY poll on be it Guild Wars, Aion or any other MMO the average age of a MMORPGer is 20-25.

Wait, what?
With most Subscription MMOs, you shell out the price one typical game, and then 10-15 US dollars a month for unlimited gameplay. To be a competent player in most FTP with premium games, you wind up paying at least $8, anyway.
Another thing is, people tend to excuse the typical lower quality of F2P games in the idea that its OK because you pay less. What you wind up with is a lesser product where people can have an unfair advantage based on their real-life monetary standings.
Don't get me wrong; I do like some F2P MMOs, its just that charm doesn't make up for undeniable attributes quality MMOs have, and are more often found in P2P games.

Erana:

Abedeus:

Erana:
And I've heard people call the Chinese weak-willed...
This is also why I think subsctiption-based MMOs is overall a kinder model.

Kinder model? That would explain why those damn kids get $100 a month from their parents and can pay... Or why in EVERY poll on be it Guild Wars, Aion or any other MMO the average age of a MMORPGer is 20-25.

Wait, what?
With most Subscription MMOs, you shell out the price one typical game, and then 10-15 US dollars a month for unlimited gameplay. To be a competent player in most FTP with premium games, you wind up paying at least $8, anyway.
Another thing is, people tend to excuse the typical lower quality of F2P games in the idea that its OK because you pay less. What you wind up with is a lesser product where people can have an unfair advantage based on their real-life monetary standings.
Don't get me wrong; I do like some F2P MMOs, its just that charm doesn't make up for undeniable attributes quality MMOs have, and are more often found in P2P games.

Oh, wait - I misunderstood your post.

Kinder as in "nicer/better". I understood "kinder" as in "childish" from German xD

My bad, you're right - subscriptions are better.

I can see why they're upset. It's like they are living in china all over again.

I like it, "if we're going to play a game, we want to earn all the good shit, man".

Go morals!

Insanum:
Lets hear it for the chinese gamers!

This was epic on so many levels...

I wanna see in game tanks and BMPs come along to clear out the protestors Chinese style now!

Hven't i seen this somewhere before???
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oh yes.

open trap:
if you dont like it why buy the game

Because false advertising is a powerful thing. They didn't know it was going to be a horrible, micro-transaction based RPG before they bought the game.

Well that was stupid, of the developers I mean, making a person an obstacle is a very bad idea when making a MMO.

IdealistCommi:
I wonder what the Black Room looks like?

Very Black I would imagine...

I REALLY love stories like this of games reflecting human life.

This, the Corrupted Blood incident in WoW, and that awesome thing last year with EVE when the major clan was backstabbed by one of it's members and the whole thing went to hell, with the rest of the galaxy fighting for the remains of its former territory, twas like Poland partitions in 1700s

HobbesMkii:
Very clever. It's a virtual picket line!

Actually, it's very not clever. The proper protest would have been if droves of people specifically refused to buy the game. In essence, they paid the developers money so that they could log onto their servers and protest. At which point the GMs in the game just swept them aside when they got to be a hassle.

Ollie596:
Doe's this remind anyone of the Habbo hotel incident? without the racism of course.

Indeed, the Cities Closed *wink* lol

WhiteTigerShiro:

HobbesMkii:
Very clever. It's a virtual picket line!

Actually, it's very not clever. The proper protest would have been if droves of people specifically refused to buy the game. In essence, they paid the developers money so that they could log onto their servers and protest. At which point the GMs in the game just swept them aside when they got to be a hassle.

They didnt know the game was bad, Did you even read the Blog?

Right on. I respect what the players are doing here. I understand the developers wanting to make money from ingame transactions but selling experience/level ups is terrible - doesn't that go against the whole point of the game. Gain skill to defeat larger monsters complete game.

Similar to walking in towards the end of a film asking people what has happening and then pretending to feel the same emotions for the ending.

massive Shenanigans on the developers.

Ollie596:
Doe's this remind anyone of the Habbo hotel incident? without the racism of course.

It was less "racism" and more "deliberate provocation". Racist, sexist, violent, abusive, anything to get a rise out of the admins and users. I know people who participated in the great raids, and they're only assholes when they're anonymous and have an audience. Not one of them supports racism, Nazism, or abusing strangers - they only wanted to upset the easily offended and disrupt what they saw as a "mollycoddling" and "pathetic" community. A community which no-one is obligated to join or attached to by creed, colour, nature or nation. So while it was obstructive and infuriating, and the abuse was certainly unwarranted, I doubt for a moment that any "real" racism was involved. Only a deconstruction thereof for the purpose of selfish amusement.

WhiteTigerShiro:

HobbesMkii:
Very clever. It's a virtual picket line!

Actually, it's very not clever. The proper protest would have been if droves of people specifically refused to buy the game. In essence, they paid the developers money so that they could log onto their servers and protest. At which point the GMs in the game just swept them aside when they got to be a hassle.

I assumed it was free to play, seeing as there was mention of microtransactions. But, assuming that it's pay to play, I also didn't read anything stating that people bought the game specifically to protest it, so I don't know how valid your comment is either. It sounds (from the article) like a bunch of people who eagerly bought the game as soon as it was possible to do so (based on nostalgia for the old game), and then discovered that there were unfair goings-on, and then did an in-game protest (probably because they want to improve the game and the IP, not make it financially insolvent and thus doomed to the dustbin of videogame series). Which, to me, seems clever.

Why wouldn't the programmers have let players walk through eachother? Runescape did and it was still a pain in the arse when someone would continuously shut a door in your face.

Most internet games like this nowadays. It's not longer enough for the game to be paid in real money just to play it, there have to be buyable items and bonuses that makes players that pay better or even the only ones that can enjoy it.
I'd say that BattleForge is very guilty of that since it's free4play game and you have to pay in real money to have new cards - and without it you can't enjoy the variety of the game and also nobody will play with you pvp or multiplay maps.

Does anyone else find this article really funny? It is like a bunch of people protesting cause they lost their manual labor jobs to new machinery. This time the developper is the Real Money Trader instead of having to see a game infected by goldfarmers. I think there are other reasons they are protesting other than a F2P game having microtransactions. That was the biggest complaint highlighted.

Kinda reminds me of the habbo raids

Does anyone else find it slightly ironic/funny that in China gamers are complaining about their game being ruined because of legal RMT...lol

Holy awesome sauce batman! Sometimes the Chinese do things that make me smile and this si one of them. I agree that spending extramoney for a bit of extgra customization or content (Via Oblivion is a clever way to make more money and not piss off the majority of your player base. But essentially saying the rich kids have the advantage over poor kids because they're forced to invest time rather then mommys paycheck into the game is essentially forcing your player base into a class system that seems completely counter intuitive to communist thinking.

They just hate rich people geting rewards. for exmaple if WoW added a get to lvl 80 for 80£ there would be a uproar. the rich people get evything without any work towards it. Thats what they were protesting.

I disagree with these guys, whats the big deal about having the ability to buy stuff using real world money. Lots of games do it.

Okay, let me get this right. China, a communist country, allows a game where capitalism gives the bigger reward than hard work? Wow.

WhiteTigerShiro:

HobbesMkii:
Very clever. It's a virtual picket line!

Actually, it's very not clever. The proper protest would have been if droves of people specifically refused to buy the game. In essence, they paid the developers money so that they could log onto their servers and protest. At which point the GMs in the game just swept them aside when they got to be a hassle.

Actually, it is more effective, getting the point across. Boycotting something outside of the game would just make the players profiting from the game just shrug their shoulders and say, oh well. But actually going in game, blocking access into cities where the profiting players need to be to..profit is a big sign that regular players are annoyed at this. I have to wonder how many real life plant managers wish they could just poof strikers into the wilderness or a BLACK ROOM! Bwahahahahaha!

...interesting concept. Wonder how many people after getting booted to the wilderness came back to the cities...

xmetatr0nx:
All we needed there were the tanks rolling up on them. Good stuff, were the leaders taken out back and shot, as per usual in China?

That's my only actual concern after reading this. Did they have a "Black Room"(Dick Cheney's man-sized safe) ready for all games?

Why is no one else seeing how non-Communist China is?
The Capitalist companies/influeneces get their say everytime, and the community and consumers simply have to shut up/be harassed/Tianamen Square everytime there is lead in the milk or mines collapse on them.

It's like the whole country is Enron, even in the videogames.

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