Thank you for this post, it addresses root issues that have always bothered me, but apparently have never bothered others, which is why I’ve always been considered something of an “outsider” around here.
When I first joined the forums, I had no idea that the summoning odds were so low. I had no idea that “this is just how most mobile phone games operate”. Because I had never been much of a mobile phone gamer before downloading this one.
“Stupid TGW, how did you not know? Haven’t you ever heard of a gacha game? Haven’t you played mobile phone games before? Don’t you know that we’re all supposed to spend thousands of dollars? Do you make it a habit to just download free games without reading all the reviews and wikis and forums first?”
- No, I had never heard of a gacha game
- I thought most mobile phone games were like sudoku and solitaire, and maybe you spend $5 on them?
- If anyone had ever told me that many players of this game were regularly dropping $100+ a month on it, I never would have downloaded it
- Game said it was free? Looked like a RPG. I expect RPGs to be grindy and require time investment. Was okay with that.
Spend some money to speed up the time? Okay, cool. Fine with that also.
Hey look, buy some gems and summon heroes! Cool! Well I have some extra money right now…
Wait. I just spent $30 and got a bunch of 3* and a couple of 4* heroes.
These… aren’t the best heroes… are they?
I didn’t think so. How come I didn’t get any good heroes? I spent $30.
“$30 is nothing. You have to spend hundreds of dollars to get the best heroes in this game.”
WTF? U joking, right?
“No I iz 1000% serious.”
There is where my disillusionment began. But after having already invested time and money, and being assured by others that I could still make progress in the game without spending hundreds of dollars, I stuck with it anyway. A small part of me always secretly hoping that maybe some day, they would address one of those root issues?
They addressed them, all right. They made most of them even worse.
I still play. But I no longer pay. Those who tell me I should uninstall - give me my money and time invested back, and I will, if it’s worth enough to you to not have to listen to me anymore. Otherwise? I’m going to stick with it like a fly on until I feel like I got my money’s worth out of it.
Also going to point out the one bit of irony where we are always told that the game is a marathon, not a sprint… so you bide your time, slowly progressing… while power creep outpaces your progress 2:1… but you’re still trying anyway, in vain, to try to keep up with the big spenders…
only to be later told, “eh well games like this don’t last forever anyway, they’ll probably end up shutting down the servers in a year or two.”
You mean, right after I finally have a decently leveled bench to be able to be ‘competitive’?
Am I really the only player who sees a problem here?