Games are art. They allways have been, and allways will be.
Black Desert Online is a piece of art that people have worked hard to get to a certain level of quality.
One of the first interviews there was with Daum(Kakao Games) about the buy to play payment model they were using for our version also aknowleges the fact that the game is of such high quality that Duam feel its OK to ask for money up front, which over 1 million consumers agreed to.
The progression system in Black Desert Online is very simple. You can get the best in slot gear from the start, at level 1 if you have the cash to spend on the market place, but you can also get this from low percentage drops from bosses, or even lower percentage drops from mobs.
A normal day in BDO sums up to:
1: Grinding for XP to level your character, since the coming awakening weapons have skills that are restricted to higher levels.
2: Grinding money to progress your gear, either by trying to save up enough for BIS (Best in slot) or to buy upgrade materials to upgrade what you allready have or will obtain.
3: Grinding mobs with BIS or good loot drops either to sell on the market place, or to upgrade ( accecories has a chance to be destroyed when upgraded, so this is a very repetetive grind).
Upgrading gear in black desert is done by consuming upgrade materials and by chance getting another +1 level on your gear or to lose the appropriate durability on the gear from failing to enchant.
The combat system in Black Desert makes grinding for gear progression fun and engaging, and with the occasional world PVP encounter, the experience is not comparable with any other MMO out there. It is in many ways slow, and sometimes when working hard for gear progression it can seem that its not going foreward at all because of the RNG, but that only makes it so more satisfying to get that piece upgraded.
For me and my wife, Black Desert had become something we had never experienced in anoher game, my wife would enjoy the life skills, breeding and training horses, trading and doing alchemy, she helped me when I was at work, and was proud to do so. And I would enjoy the combat side of it, and the PVP.
We joined a big guild, and stuck with and did all we could to become better. We participated in every single node war, 2-3 times a week, and every siege war we could.
Black Desert had become the best game we had ever played.
The sad thing about our version of Black Desert though is lack of direct communication. I have personally watched and listened to every interview with Daum/Kakao and have been appeased by every single interview, it feels like they share the view of me and my "hated crybaby" part of the BDO community. I fail to understand where Kakao stand, with Pearl Abyss or with us crybabies.
1: Gillie suit was an unfair advantage for everyone that didnt want to spend more than the buy2play fee
2: Costumes with XP, Jump Height, Durability Loss reduction, Chance to not lose XP or Gems on death, and so on was an unfair advantage for everyone that didnt want to spend more than the buy 2 play fee.
3: Value Pack (XP boos + 30% more value in the marketplace) is an unfair advantage for everyone that doesnt want to spend more money than the buy2play fee.
These things were discussed on several occasions, and most of the community just accepted it, Kakao and Pearl Abyss needs more money to keep this game alive, its the best game we have played, so surely we can accept this? and we did, I gave my feedback on the 30% value on marketplace with the valuepack, but thats all we can do right?
Then on the 4th of August they announce that you can start selling costumes, valuepacks and cash shop items on the marketplace for ingame silver.
Direct Pay 2 Win. The term is used properly, its slang or a word used in this situation, but it sure is fitting.
A Normal day in BDO changes if this change goes through. And it will create a new foced economy.
BIS is obselete to farm or grind. Use the maximum ammount of characters and dump energy into the night vendor with the maximum ammount of silver you can get from the cash shop each week and you can have the same gear some of the most passionate BDO players have worked very hard for.
Every single person out there laughing about that or thinkings thats fine should rethink their stance on that.
Its not OK to make a system that makes gear progression cater to the most hardcore and passionate players and then completely changing it into catering to those who waste their real life money on it.
Games "SHOULD" continue to be art. BDO deserves to be treated as art. All the artists and game designers that have worked on BDO deserve praise. Pearl Abyss is not only ruining the game for the initial consumer/playerbase, but also corrupts a piece of art made by a collaboration of hard working individuals with a vision and passion for making games.
Black Desert will probably get this update tomorrow that will change the game from a time consuming hardcore world PVP and engaging experience, into a dull money sink. It will remove the best and most invested playerbase from the game, and only the cynical will remain, and if youre not cynical, you'll get there. Because this money milking machine does not care.
I can honestly say that I have no problem with companies having different strategies to make money, but Daum/Kakao and Peal Abyss has absolutely no faith in YOU the consumer. I would have kept using money (without being forced) on the cash shop, for costumes, dyes, maybe even the value pack, and i could have continuted to do so for years to come. But P2W forces those who want to stay competetive to cash out or leave, so I will leave. I dont accept it. Neither should any of you.
And for those of you that say you have a job, so you can deal with this update. Most people have a job, youre not special, there is just no possible reason why it would fun to pay for an advantage. Then you could be better off just not playing, or staying here on the forum trolling, it would probably give you faster payoff for your wierd pleasures.
Longest forum post ever, but I have read the forums for days, and I simply cannot believe why the community is split on this issue.