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No brains, no skill, I’ll have a lobotomy please
The game now has a combination of complexity, in terms of different competitions, and stupidity, in terms of strategy.
Complexity because we have more and more add ons, which I guess keep people occupied. If we were all on day release from the serial killer penitentiary, that would make sense, otherwise not.
Simplicity, because the skill level is continually reduced.
1. Equipment. This has been discussed at length. Bottom line, with a set or three for every event, it is now very simple. Get the latest version and your losses are down and gains up. The need to think about combinatorial possibilities has gone.
2. Events. Hand over enough cash to GGE and you come out on
top. No need for skill. I have no gripe here, my pocket is very deep, but this
is a game and I would never pay more than a standard amount/sub to play a game. This does raise awkward questions about the ethics of exploiting addiction for GGE, which will doubtless one day come before our legislators, when one or more people go well over the top.
3. The plethora of events and rewards, the latter being subject to incredibly high rates of inflation, which means that it doesn’t matter if you miss something. Next time, the analogous reward will be way higher. For those who persisted, they will simply trash/sell off the earlier reward as it is now superseded.
The GB1 server is dying, that is obvious if you bother to look at the number of active accounts (loot stats on Sunday). Whether other servers are too I don’t know, but I suspect GB1 cannot be unique in this respect, particularly when I read comments from players from other servers.
GGE’s response is to keep adding gimmicks and inflating rewards. Take one example, the invader kit with high level gems, which was for a long time the business. Now they are consigned to the recycling bin.
Personally I couldn’t care less, it is a game and I find its death quite interesting from the perspective of managing a business (GGE has of course move into other pastures). I do wonder what I will do for entertainment in the future, as it will soon be time to move on to game X, whatever that may be.