I don't play runescape anymore, in fact i haven't logged in to actually play since before free trade was reintroduced, I started in early 03 and went on for at least 6 or 7 years strong, as it was a big part of my life when i was growing up, even to this day i frequently check forums and youtubers for content updates and pvp videos. I don't know why exactly i always find myself searching for these, i know for sure i will never start up playing again.
Im constantly seeing posts, comments and whole threads dedicated for people telling everyone how much they would rather be playing Pre-07 to Post-07. I have a thought about the reason why, a reason I've never read or heard before.
I figure the majority of people who started RS in the beginning, found the game on gaming websites. Most of the games were flash games or ya know small simple arrow key games, RS was the first mmorpg i had ever seen on these sites. Either this happened, or your friends showed you, either way they most likely found RS from one of those library of games sites. We started playing rs, had no idea what we were getting into. At the start we were all the same, clueless kids infatuated by the game because there was always something new and unknown that could make our accounts better.
Back then the community was mostly a group of kids the same age, who else was playing these games on those games sites but kids? The majority of the community was made up of kids not even in their adolescence. This meant it was just a virtual playground, a fun place for any kid who is still learning. The childish excitement of reaching your RS goal or obtaining your first rune item, whatever it was it was important back then.
Now lets look at Post-07. The community has grown and be diversified. Die hard scapers who started years before are still going, while new kids are just starting. I could go on forever and create a huge tldr thread about the conflict this creates, ill just say basics and hope most of you who read this understand. The two groups now create a huge conflict, scamming/luring flourished, the ability to lie or manipulate people became so much easier. Youtubers were becoming a popular trend and many of them exploited their impressionable fans.
Most people who played Pre-07 and continued to play for a while after, understand everything in the game basically. Nothing is new anymore, nothing is exciting. You want a certain skill level or a quest done? easy, Grind grind grind or look up a quest guide. You know almost everything in the game and you've probably made more than one account on the way there,
So now you find solace in glorifying the old days and blaming jagex for taking it away from you and leaving you with all these horrible updates, never listening to the players infamous "we pay we say" speaches. Let me share my perspective on this. You all grew up, grew through your adolescence and now harbour responsibilities you didn't have back when you were carefree, always excited to play to reach your first goal. You became bored when the excitement went away, you learned everything to earn was the result of grinding and nothing more. You asked and recieved more than enough guides for literally everything on runescape. You turned on jagex, never letting the next "RS Pre-??" generation to have what you did, instead you made them listen to your rants and complaints. established youtubers who promise prizes for views/likes/subs. Started selling/buying your rsgp. That new generation came into a game where noone cared about (i know this is a cliche) "honor" or in retrospect, morals as if the person you were interacting with was your friend and you two were playing a video game.
In my opinion, jagex didn't ruin this game, it was the vast majority of players who contributed to refusing to mature and leave the game after they lost what made them love it to begin with. Its not jagex's fault you instictively log into runescape everyday without the passion for it, thats your own personal problem. Ive seen a lot of jagex squeezing every penny they can out of their players, who the hell wouldn't after everything thats been done? The majority of players aren't appreciative, they bot, they gamble and they lie all the time. Hell, i bet without the SoF spins, if you pooled all the RS youtubers together, they probably make more than the most payed person working under runescape, and MOST of them constantly complain about the game.
To recap and for all those TL;DR people. The misconception is RS was at its best PRE-07. I think the truth is, how you felt about the game, the memories you made with people your age in Pre-adolescence, the whole community in general, The constant passion to learn more, get high stats and gain money has all dissappeared. The reality is, you learned this game is nothing but grind, you ranted and complained for 6 years and ruined the game for yourselves. You should've quit when you lost the passion you had when you first started playing, rather than be zombiefied for years after, playing a videogame thats lost its entertainment value because you've lost touch with distinguishing the two different realities.
Anywho, Thank you to all who reads this, whether you agree with me or not, I appreciate being given your time to explain what i think about this.
To the people who have played all these years, been through it all and still enjoy the simple calm of skilling, i don't know how you do it, I've always wanted to know how you had so much patience and how your passion from the beginning didn't burn out like most of ours. Im talking to all you skillers/pvmers who rarely pvp, never gamble and always seem to have a stable bank aswell as mind set in the game. I had tried many times before, to "restart" my account by selling my items and work towards buyable 99s, but i get bored after 20 minutes. I've made a few skillers, which i ended up turning into pures -.-
Edited by death treads, 22 January 2013 - 11:06 AM.