Toonces wrote:Well dragonz my argument would be that it increases the variety of strategies in invasion and defense. I'm sorry that it disrupts the current understanding of strategies.
I'm not sure how it is now, but having the solar turn off entirely to cloak is more than a 'bonus.' any bonus for cloak should be very small indeed, maybe randomly 5 seconds out of every minute the solar shoots backwards?
that last part is what you've position has been about every change for the last 3 years. That they disrupt strategy now, but people will adapt to them. That in itself is true. People can and will adapt. Like they adapted to mods
However, it's not a question of IF they can adapt, it's a question of why should they have to endure adaptations which they don't enjoy? That's a rhetorical question though because the answer already exists, and it is the declining playerbase. After every patch which is done for no reason just to change it up, or that adds a random, unwanted, annoying feature that you feel somehow improves the quality of the game (asteroids?), people quit, and they aren't replaced.
You have said that all the complaints about the game are simply due to the fact that everyone believes it was best when they first started playing. OK, fair enough. Let's test that theory: where are all the newer players defending their love of the existing game? If the older generations are just bitter, where is the newer generation of players that loves the game? Well let's find out:
Players who have STARTED PLAYING in the last 3 years, and actually stayed around as an active member of the game/community in some shape or form: <100, probably less
Players who have STARTED PLAYING in the 3 years before that, and actually stayed around as an active member of the game/community in some shape or form: 500+, probably a lot more
These are just my estimates, everyone on these forums probably would agree to the general trend, and I'm sure you have your own data on it and know just how bad it's gotten.
Yes, there are some people who still enjoy/support the new patches. But they are holdovers from an older era, and while they may be old players, for every 1 of them there are 5 others who feel the opposite. The truth is that there has been no generation of new players who have stayed in the last 3 years, just handfuls and loners here and there. Hell, dragonz is probably the newest player who has established himself and is active on SGE, and even he doesn't like this patch!
Bottom lineUnwanted and unnecessary patches cause the older players to quit and leave, resulting in a desolate game that new players do not stay long on.