I think removing tutorial island was very stupid on JaGEx's part. I, a member who has played since 2003-2004ish, went through on a new account that I was going to use just for the clan chat, was utterly confused with the new tutorial to RuneScape, which seemed to have taken me much more time, effort, brainpower, and resources than it would to just go through the tutorial island. It has been debated for awhile now whether or not JaGEx should allow previous players to opt out of going through the tutorial, assuming that they know what to do and I still believe this should be put into affect, as many players get bored and make new accounts to PKing, use for clan chats, etc.
When I took my first tour through the tutorial island in 2003-2004 (I can't remember exactly which year), I understood everything. I found the game itself complex and took my time, trying to understand key details on how to do things, expecting it to be difficult. I realized it wasn't as hard as I had thought. I did, however, find the mining and smithing section very confusing. It took me about a half hour to get past attempting to find out what ore the tin and the copper were. I didn't realize I had to examine what they were and simply tried to mine them.
Now, looking at the game interface to try and simply walk through, I find everything to be over done, dramatic, and exaggerated. Seriously, what idiots going to get burnt to a crisp by a dragon, or have their things hijacked by a bunch of goblins at a very specifically key time?
Just my views,
Edit\note: I looked on the game map just for sheer curiousness...
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Look how the tutorial island is still there, but unused and very replaced?
Edited by Kelly Girl33, 04 July 2011 - 12:57 AM.