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5/22/2022 12:01:35 PM

The Good Old Days

Ah, yes, the good old days Once upon a time, not too long ago, one would buy a game and if one spent enough time playing that game, one could unlock every cool item within that game. I have fond memories of unlocking cool items to change the look of my character in Halo:Reach. Reaching different ranks would reward me with different helmets, and armor pieces, and attachments I could add to that armor. As games evolved, the free to play model popped up. The game itself was free, but cosmetic items, such as the Halo:Reach's armor/reward system, were no longer something that was included when you bought the game. Cosmetic items were available for purchase. Seeing as the game itself was free, buying cosmetics was seen as a way of supporting the game. Spending money on cosmetics was a little more justified. If one were to spend up +$60 on cosmetics that's not so bad considering the game didn't cost $60 to own. Somewhere along the way companies realized they could make more money by having it both ways. I remember the first demo for D1. It was great, and I fell in love with the Destiny universe and the game play. I remember being in the tower when Tess Eververse was first introduced into the game and thinking, I did not sign up for this. I remember the discussions with my friends and being told don't worry, it's just dances, and besides, all of the money they make will go directly back into the game so they can release free events and stuff. I saw where this was going, but loved this game so much I didn't heed the warnings and get out while I could. I kept trying to convince everyone what was ahead but was dismissed as a fool. Fast forward to today, and, Wow, look how far we've come baby! I don't blame Bungie one bit for Destiny mutating into what it's become. Hey, if people are willing to pay and pay and pay they'd be fools not to take the money. If people are willing to "throw money at the screen" they'd be out of their minds not to take it. DLC, seasons, Dungeons, cosmetics, etc. etc. If Destiny was released in the state it is in now I don't think, in fact I know, I wouldn't have invested the time into it that I have. It's like they say, if you throw a frog into boiling water to will thrash around and try to escape, but if you place it into tepid water and slowly increase the heat little by little it will happily sit there until it cooks to death. Bungie really has come to this point in the smartest way possible, I guess I just an old man longing for things to be the way they once were. I'm sure I'll get a lot of grief from people who grew up with things the way they are now who won't understand what I mean. This frog is boiled. I know it's too late to reverse this. I'm in too deep. I still love this game and playing with all the friends I made. I really don't wan't to lose that. There was a time where we could have stopped gaming from going in this direction, but that time has passed. This is the way it is and will be from now on. I guess I'm an old relic, longing for the good old days, but what are you gonna do, right?



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