Well I couldn't do the email version but the site one worked for me. Now I can forget about it and assume it won't be acted on but at least I did my part.
Just imagine all that lost revenue from one of the richest areas in the world if this goes the worst case scenario.
I see these things as no different than plopping down cash at Great America on a chance to win a stuffed toy for my lovely wife or dropping coins in the "Crane Game" at the local grocery store on a chance to grab some plastic piece of basura.
Rant me if you want, but this is just how I see it.
Gonna go watch TAS "The Survivor" now.
A small "18+" on the launcher and a GIANT "18+" after the "Cryptic" logo scrolls across the screen would also make headway in pleasing the "no gambling in STO" crowd .To be honest though, there are easy fixes, just adding the percentages of what can be won and making the ships none tradable fixes a few of the issues immediatly.
I think the "causal attitude" actually a disguises a desire to see some form of change initiated by the banning of the game in a country (any country) .I'm also quite surprised how casual people are been about to banning the game in countries as though that could possably be healthy for the games playerbase?
Right now , many of us are under the impression that if we just ask Cryptic to do away with the lock-boxes , they will "listen to us" and continue to do their own thing .
Being banned is seen as a catalyst for change .
(oh , and we'd miss you Suricata )
Those players who want them , can have them .
Those who get ill seeing them drop from every single thing that dies or explodes can get their immersion back .
But I don't see this being implemented simply because Cryptic will never let go of the element of "temptation" . After all , it's where their lock-box revenue comes from .
Last edited by Robotrik1 @ Aelfwin; 05-15-2012 at 04:02 AM.
I know I'm probably the last person in the STO community who is welcome here, and lord knows I've heard an earful in the past but, I thought I'd weigh in on a couple things.
First, and this is not a personal insult to Jeremy but I find your "openness" about the potential outcome of a government ruling STO's lockboxes illegal would just mean Cryptic and PWI would cease operations of allowing STO in that country. It felt like..such a cold slap in the face that a company could just pretty much say "Thats ok, we'll just take our ball and go home" essentially. When one country won't be allowed to play and further fuel revenue other countries still will is how it boils down to. But in that I say this, as others have said, what if the E.U. follows suit? Or lets go for worst-case-senario, what if by some chance we could get American politicians to take notice? It would not be an over night ordeal but a long process but what then? Would Cryptic and PWI just call it quits and shut down STO because you can't generate enough revenue? You guys aren't living off of subscriptions or continual substational Lifetime purchases, it's Lockboxes. People out there spending 15,000 or 20,000 or 30,000 C-Store points are what are funding the game. If that golden goose no longer lays eggs, what then?
And lastly before I overstay my welcome, someone pointed this out last week; In STO's 2+ year history of live service, has there been a single issue every podcast and / or website has universally agreed on? I can answer that, no there hasn't. Until now. These lockboxes, especially with the Lobi controversay, the editing of the Lobi advertisements, and much more is universally hated by every STO podcast. Podcast UGC, STOked, RSA, Priority One, Gates of Stovokor, etc we all agree they suck. To varying degrees, yes but we it's the first time ever, we've all agreed on it. Maybe it's just me, but that is a miracle in of itself. We have never agreed on things, even tiny things, across the board. We do now. I think that says a lot. But again, that's just me.