why? And please provide some solid evidence to support your claim? IS it possible sure, butthere is a simple explanation for it: CO-INCIDENCE, pure and simple. No grand conspiracy, just good old fashioned co-incidence.Protest is still HIGHLY suspect, and this issue is just a convenient lightning rod for the gullible.
I'm there with you, on my main account as well.
I wanted to play my Sarlona characters. My guildies are outleveling me as I type.
But this seemed like a better use of my time, as there's no point to playing if I'll only be quitting the game if these announced changes stand.
The occupy sit-in now lasts 66 hours, spreaded to Marketplace #1, #2 and #3 and still new players join
Advocating repeated nerfs in the name of "balancing the game" then complaining about how DDO is moving away from D&D, is a direct contradiction in logic - D&D 3.5 (what DDO is based on) is not a balanced game. We can either have a balanced clone MMO with homogenized classes, or we can have a D&D game. We cant have both.
I grew up in a small business. It was a family-run business for – I dunno – maybe 50, to 60 years. My Dad left, started how own place, then bought out the family establishment. He was successful.
The one thing back then was that you catered to the customer – the customer was always right. That credo still exists these days, but there are few and far between who actually believe this.
Now, I never went into the family business, nor did any of my siblings. I went into software. And I will tell you this: there is a certain type of arrogance when it comes to software vendors. It existed a long time ago with the notion of the “dumb user,” especially in software designs. But people took that to mean that people who are not tech savvy are someone stupid, which is NOT the case. You walk in to a coffee distributor, for example, and they may not know how to do sales receipts on your system, but they know their business backwards and forwards. You assume these people are somehow “dumb” and your project WILL be a disaster by the time you leave.
Despite any lack of knowledge that someone may have about technology and whatnot, you R-E-S-P-E-C-T your customer. They didn’t get to be successful over the long haul by being idiots. Likewise, someone pays a dollar for an hours work of whatever entertainment you software provides, you assume that this is one of their hard-earned dollars that the customer chose to spend on your product. You respect the work they had to do to get that dollar in the first place, and appreciate that they chose to spend it on your stuff.
However, people nowadays take a lot of this for granted. Maybe because we are several generations away from the Great Depression, where that hard-earned dollar was something genuinely special? I really don’t know. I mean, I could give you stories of my family members during that time, and the depravations that they had to go through – it was a rough time for a lot of people. But when things were prosperous, virtually EVERYBODY appreciated what they had. Nowadays? It is like no one respects anything. I mean, it is true of the customers as well as the service providers, but it seems that service providers take for granted the whims and desires of people spending their money on their product. I guess the assumption is that there is always a much larger pool of people that they can attract by doing A, B, and C. But, to be honest, no one is going to play your game for very long if you continually **** all over the people who like it for the sake of attracting someone new. All “revolving doors” have parts that wear out, and this holds true with a player-base.
And the further you get away from working directly with the customers, the more of an arrogant, condescending ass you become. And make no mistake, the people making some of these decisions are the people who are as far away from the player-base as their job description allows. It’s their “vision”, not your desires that matter.
Don’t get me wrong: I’m one of those condescending asses. The difference is that my “vision” usually works, and it is something that a customer can identify with. Mainly because I have a very LONG history of having to work directly with customers, and I can figure out what they want often times before they ask for it. Not always, but quite a bit of the time.
But not a lot of people in this industry can say the same thing.
Customer service nowadays is something handled by offshore reps, and not by decision-makers directly. They get paid far too much money to have to deal with the “little people” who pay their salary.
And I am a full-on free-markets guy. This is just the way things trend. And the only way you’re going to fix it and earn a little respect is to pull their short-curlys and put their salary in jeopardy. There is lots of competition out there for DDO, and they can ill-afford to lose players. So if they are not going to respect the wishes of their customers, their customers should pick up their marbles and go somewhere else.
Just a suggestion.
ending my day .. going to support the good cause for an hour
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But Truth is eternal, so it can never be old or new. It never ‘was’ or ‘will be.’ It just ‘is.’ It always ‘is.’
Metal, are you not able to see the Lama Dev Tracker from the main page? (serious question).
I am just used to using the "Dev Tracker" quick link up at the top. They ought to add a "Lama Tracker" quick link, too. I am of the belief that many aren't used to checking the Lama Tracker.
There was an issue for some to view the Lama Section. I believe that Tolero has already identified, and remediated this.
replied to glin, in the meanwhile my wolf dances on the market bridge
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