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Open letter to Goodgame
I've only been playing GGE for 7 months now. Far shorter than other players but in this time, I have grown to love it. You've managed to develop and maintain an addictive, interesting and multi-dimensional strategy game that many thousands of people across the entire globe enjoy playing! You've not only produced a game but a community. This is why so many people, including myself, keep coming back and - more importantly - put money in to the game.
Most weeks, you press ahead with an update. Some are great, some are poor and most provoke debate amongst players. Many of these updates focus on generating additional income and that's great! You're a business, not a charity right? And in theory, additional income means more development to the game and a better experience for the players. Fine.
Recently, however, we've been seeing more updates geared much more towards ruby spending. It feels like this investment -> development circle is being broken. It feels like you're interested in adding features which suck more and more money off of players but aren't really too concerned about the "fun" element of the game.
The storm islands event/kingdom could have been amazing! In fact, I had a lot of fun in there during the first month but with prices so high, do you really expect players to spend so much each month? I don't play in this kingdom now because the price Vs reward is just to great for me and my alliance.
The RV nobility contest was a deliberate and arrogant swipe at the player made rules. Not to mention how easily abused the contest was. I understand you don't support player made rules but when you spend so much effort building a community based game, you're not going to get around player made rules - they will always exist and for the good of the game in my opinion.
So these are two recent updates which, in my opinion, show you are only interested in:
1. Forcing players to play the game by your rules
2. Requiring much much more money to be spent on an element of the game
These two points are not good for you. Of course you "own" the game. You own the code, the graphics, the IP, the trademarks etc... But what makes the game is the community and their interpretation of the game and without this, you'd have nothing. A game that is carefully managed and given the freedom to grow organically as per the wishes of the players should be your winning formula. Key to this is a decent two way relationship between GGS and players but you seem to go against the grain. You constantly and stubbornly argue/disagree/dictate the community. Does this not tell you something? Players will ultimately leave if you sour that relationship anymore.
Which leads me to the contentious issue of the next update. The thread following the announcement of the update has easily broken the record for any other thread in that section. At the time of writing this, nearly 900 players have posted on over 40 pages (almost all of which are negative). I'm not going to get in to the details of why the update is so damn terrible but what is clear is that you're not willing to listen to your customer base.
Having received an incredible amount of negative feedback, you respond with what can only be described as an immensely stubborn and arrogant response. You give us information which isn't really new. You just tell us how we should be playing the game and how the update will be going ahead still on Monday. I struggle to fathom why a company would deliberately anger so many of its customers.
We've suffered for a long time now. We post ideas on this forum and rarely get any kind of response. CM's regularly side step questions with vague responses which will make any politician jealous. We are treated like children. Do remember that the majority of your income comes from working professionals over the age of 18. Income from people who will only tolerate a finite amount of abuse.
I warn you now GGS, you will lose players and you will lose income if you press ahead with this update. This is nothing like previous updates and it won't simply get glossed over like in the past.