I'm a gamer and I'd like to make the Dev's at large aware of some trends, both in gaming and in the medical community. Right now, the World Health Organization (WHO) is classifying grindy type gaming as a medical diagnosis which could have legal ramifications further on down the road, depending on how this plays out in society.
Here's the lowdown:
"It’s called gaming disorder, and it’s characterized by “a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behavior,” or more simply, an addiction to gaming." ---->Full article found here: https://www.digitaltrends.com/gaming/who-gaming-disorder/
Now, let's look at the social/medical aspect in light of the attitude in the gaming community at large.
EA caught huge amounts of poodu for making their game (we all know which one) too grindy and the "gambling" aspect that was brought up about it didn't help it's perception with lawmakers either. Some lawmakers were thinking of trying to get it classified as gambling.
In light of the WHO medical diagnosis in the general social mileu, I think it would be in the best interest of Greybox to provide a significantly less grindy gaming environment. Otherwise, there could be significant social and or legal ramifications. All it takes is one angry gamer and a lawyer and our favorite game here is gone.
I'd like that NOT to happen.
We need to NOT have this game force players to play hour upon hours ad nauseum to get that tier ship they want. This is a reciepe for disaster, especially w a good lawyer. The argument could play out like this: "you've make your game too much like gambling. You've harmed my client by forcing him into a behavior that was unhealthy and damaging. In addition to creating an unsafe game, you've forced players into a pattern of behavior that is intentionally addictive....here's a lawsuit." Intent being key in legal matters. What is the INTENT?
Anyway, I'd really like this NOT to happen to this awesome game. So, here are some recommendations to prevent this:
- Module prices need to be cut by at least half. At least...
- Gaming rewards need to be increased to cater to a less "recurrent gaming behavior" as the WHO put it in their own words.
- The random drops from Twitch need to go and be replaced by standard drops. Reduce the chance of being accused of being like a casino...
- Have a meeting with your legal team to discuss what's going on in the medical community and what if any, impact your legal professionals think this will have in regards to day to day operation.
- In the meantime, take some reasonable precautions now, by making it less grindy.
Thanks for your time, Devs.