In keeping with the OP…
Regardless of what the OP has posted previously…
E&P does not have 6* but now they have effectively given us a method to “build your own 6*” out of spare parts. Or ascend your 4* army to be a 5* army etc.
Scarcity is GREAT. The principle theme of any economic scheme. If E&P never offered official dollar-for-emblem deals, people would still squeal but there would be fairness (more or less).
However, the scarcity is dimmed somewhat when you add 350 gem emblem deals. 10 gems is a lot when you consider all of the other sources.
How long before we see a “119.99 MEGA DEAL” with 20 of each emblem plus 12500 gems?
(yes, I will buy it, but that’s not the point)
There’s always been P2W / P2P vs C2P/F2P debate.
This emblem thing is the line in the sand that crosses off the pure F2P from competition with P2W. There’s always one, and this is it.
Here is what will happen:
1- The divide between haves & have nots will increase
2- The investors/stakeholders will make lots of money
3- The game is already pretty complicated for a novice to ‘just pick up’ so we will see fewer people who are F2P joining and the ones that stay will be the ones willing to pay
4- The game will earn more for SGG/Zynga than the previous model, and may run longer than the previous model, but make no mistake, the game will never be quite the same.
I still love the game, but I am not blind to reality.
It has me considering the OTHER economic principle…
…that of “Sunk Cost”
and if anyone knows what that economic principle entails, that will tell them my eventual fate.