I’ve played this game on and off since 2013. (And I’ve just came back 3.5 months ago, after being gone 2 years) I used to love it! All aspects of it. From pve to p, the enjoyment and sense of satisfaction of beating new content, that you actually did have to grind out. The actual grind itself, was annoying! But it had a sense of purpose feeling too it. And the satisfaction of grinding out master detective feat etc, was rewarding. Having to stand in Gotham and wait forever for avatars to spawn, as people stood on the ledge, trying to get enough damage in to be rewarded a bit of astrol alloy, and get your toon to 43cr. I loved that! I loved that you HAD to mod your gear to move up cr. Synth mods were looked down upon in a type of ‘ok! But you better be good’ type way lol! And if you didn’t have basic white mods in - it was demanded you leave content; or kicked immediately. An inexcusable thing! Lol! But you learnt from players, who would take the time to legit help. And you listened! And got better for it. A girl who taught me a lot when I began - told me a very important concept. Which was… to never let your sp get lower than your cr. and when you come on, grind for sp as much as possible; but… whilst still playing, and enjoying playing the game. Everything was new (even a few months in) you were still very noob. And that was ok! People would stop and explain things. And entire raids would wait, as someone explained mechanics and positioning etc. Pvp was everywhere! The first time I ever went to the watchtower - there must’ve been several hundred people kicking the absolute life out of each other. And i just thought - wtf? I was quickly challenged and accepted to something i didn’t even know was a duel. And had my a$$ handed too me in seconds. The guy then apologised, and stated he didn’t realise I was new. Which was all good. Duels were about who could actually duel. Superpowers were rarely used. Soder use was the ultimate disgraceful sin you could commit. Pvp took seconds to get into. Tbh! Almost anything queued, popped within minutes, or seconds. And it was just a great game, with endless content to run. Then came feat unlocking. I remember many players were seriously pissed off about this. It really was the beginning of the psychological predatory practices, that has now swept through the gaming industry as a whole. But… it was the beginning of keeping people playing longer (for this game specifically I’m just saying) The more they play - the more the percentages go up, that the player will spend money. That’s just a fact! We all get that it’s a business. But therein lies the problem! It’s an incredibly badly ran business. And most of you know it is. (For me personally) this is no longer a game! This is pitting player against player (not in a healthy competitive/fun way) to not just compete on the scorebored; but to compete on… who has the best look. Who has the best gear. Best artifacts. MOST maxed arts, maxed augs. Maxed allies. You are quite literally being targeted by companies now, who’ve invested in the use of psychological behaviour experts, on how to turn you into a gambling addict. How many times have you spent x amount on this game, then tbought… wtaf have I just done? I could’ve bought 4 brand new games with that. And it was just to open boxes/TC’s/bundles whatever! for something you didn’t even get. I’m guessing MANY of you have felt this. An addiction has been created on purpose! to the point - that governments are now stepping in, (it doesn’t matter if it’s only a few atm) many are talking more and more about it. As they’re seeing the damage being caused to finances (short & long term) and in some cases, lives. I’ve wasted so much money on this game. I feel nothing but shame now! But… I’m fortunate enough to have the money to do so. And that’s entirely on me! I chose to purchase! 100%. Did I feel pressured to do so to stay relevant? Absolutely! 1000%!!! The tactics used to manipulate players into feeling so pressured, as to where they HAVE to spend, or become obsolete has become too much! How many of you would have genuinely left this game years ago, if you didn’t want to walk away from your investment? The hours, the money. Etc. because ultimately! When they shut shop. Or governments restrict them so much, that it’s no longer viable. YOU lose. They don’t! You’ve lost a ton of money. Depending how big you spent. And you’re left with absolutely zero to show for it. This (thankfully) has been the only online game I’ve ever played. And there’ll never be another after it. I don’t enjoy this game anymore! Most of the old leagues and players i played with art long gone. Replaced by “bro’s” and kids who hack/glitch and exploit their way to maxing arts etc. The game does absolutely NOTHING to fix many ongoing issues, unless it’ll generate profit. People learn to live with bugs and rehashed maps over and over and over. Lost in a sea of complaining voices. Or… with very little outlets to be heard from. It’s all take take take. And so many of you think that because DI now give out tokens that allow you to buy completion seals etc, that you’re actually being “given back too” no you’re not! (And look what they allow you to buy! is only to encourage you to put more into artifacts) many will say ‘they don’t have to give anything at all. YEAH THEY DO! That’s how you retain paying customers. The rewards offered - It’s all meant to keep playing, as long as possible. More hours in about 90% of the time, results in a “micro transaction) spend. But… I can’t change that! And ultimately… this thread will be deleted. And many of you will still go on, the game will continue to use as many rehashed maps as possible. Putting out copy and paste content over and over. Sp caps will continue to rise, (further alienating newer players. Until they eventually sell sp completely) that’ll be the final straw for many. But… many will bend over, and still keep taking it. Newer players will come in. Spend a few thousand, and be as though they’ve played for years. “OP” items will be locked behind further increasingly replay needed walls. The game will continue to be further monitised, with more and more aggressive tactics used; forcing you to pay. Player pressure will continue to alienate people from content with new (but maxed out arts in the first day of its release) if you don’t have x, or play certain arts, you can’t play with us. Change, or be left behind. (I’d very, very much take the latter or… just leave the milking machine) People will still run to obsidian for advice on what arts they should use. (Mindless drones!!) Not just what arts, but… the advice given now isn’t just main arts, but now…what is a swap art too :/ lol! I can see how fast things are changing. (Even more so than usual) And there are way too many arts and allies and everything in the game now. I joined this to play a game, not to feed a habit. Or end up an addict. I genuinely feel so sorry for so many of you! Not in some patronising ‘I’ve seen the light way’ but in a way for those of you who truly wanna walk away, But feel you can’t let go of your investment. Not realising - that by staying for that very reason - you’re just helping to keep this perpetual cycle of… recycled content. Chasing “OP” gear, upgrading all these augs, arts, that become obsolete 3-4 months alter, or get nerffed, allies that last a few months, then become unusable and serve no more purpose. and you have to go change it all up again, over and over and over and over and over. But… that’s your choices! For me… as I said. I’m fortunate enough to where I can take a huge loss financially, and realise… That’s it! Enough really is enough. Real Life is getting more of a struggle as it is, without working a second job, that you pay them for. Nah! Balls to all this nonsense. I’d say to any of you honestly on the fence about staying or going. You walk. You lose money and time, that’s already now lost. You stay… you lose more and more until you really just give up, or the doors shut! Good luck to all of you! I honestly mean that! Even though many of you will disagree with stuff I’ve said. And I don’t use the forums all that much. Many have no idea who I am am, and vice versa. Still good luck! I hope the game gets better (I very sincerely doubt it) but… ya never know! Having helped keep this game stay afloat for almost a decade with possibly in the several tens of thousands spent. I truly feel I’ve earned the right to say… I truly hope this game ends up very, VERY heavily regulated by governments; Along with all the other games that practice such aggressive p2w/p2p tactics etc, and promotes gambling, and creates addiction, especially amongst kids. I’m done!