That’s very incorrect. My 2021 Outback gets way better mpg, is much more comfortable, entertainment system in it way more enjoyable, I can go off-road in it, can carry way more in it, can go on long road trips in it, maintenance is way lower…just to name a few as there are more advantages that it carries…when compared to my 2000 Buick Century that I drove while I was going to college.
You’re bringing down the new car to the level of the old car and going “See, both can do the same thing” when it is absolutely not true in many aspects. So again, while it can remain useable for many things, it cannot compare to a new car. And guess what? It takes money to go from a 15/20 year old car to a newer one as I guarantee you that my 2000 Century would not be able to do what I do in my 2021 Outback.
For all intents and purposes, Joon cannot compare to Anne…gap of 5 years. Of course the newer one should be able to handle new events/challenges in an easier way while Joon will struggle more. Joon is fine in many aspects, just like my 2000 Century, but when it comes to going off-road, it would struggle, just like Joon will in newer events/challenges.
Yep. Just like the difference between events 3-4 years ago and events that have been released in the last few months.
Better hardware. Graphics, processing power, screen quality/refresh rates, etc. Same concept. Computer graphics cards are a perfect example. My GTX 450 from a few years ago would not be able to do/keep up with what my GTX 3080 can do. While it may be able to run the same games, quality at which it runs them is completely different. Again, takes money to keep up with the joneses here as well.
The game has been this since day 1. It’s just more noticeable now. I recall your comments on the conquest of elements thread and how you’re not happy with having to change your leveling approach to give yourself best chance at being able to complete the quest because you like to level 5 different colors at the same time to maximize the xp. Or how using the battle items is a waste. Well, if you don’t want to change your leveling approach, use battle items, or spend some…I don’t know how anyone can take that as as any other way except you expect to keep up with the joneses while not spending or doing what is needed as a F2P to get things done. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe that there are plenty of things that should be done to improve the QoL for everyone, but this sort of cements your expectations as higher than they should be as a F2P. Spenders SHOULD have a noticeably bigger advantage. Someone who spends $0 shouldn’t be on the same playing field as someone who spends $1000, period. I shouldn’t be close to them. And I’m saying that as someone who spends less than $50 a month.
While F2P definitely carry their weight in keeping up the player base, you’re also enjoying a product for free while those that spend and spend more than you or I, actually keep the game alive, period. If all the spenders go away, how long do you think the F2P can keep it going? Before the QoL completely tanks, adverts start flooding, or it gets simply shut down? You can take it anyway you choose to, but the primary goal of a business is to make money. When was the last time you walked into a store, filled your cart with items, refused to pay for the items, but expected to be treated as those other paying customers?
Well, I don’t disagree with anything you’ve said here, but that’s another topic entirely.
Keeping up with the joneses vs live within your means. Everyone has to make their own choices and set realistic expectations. It affects you more because you let it and because you don’t spend. Affects me less because I don’t let it and the amount I spend actually nets me a return here and there.