I guess there's no better place on the forums right now to make a general post. I'm sure as hell not going to post a new topic.
Damn. Chanchan not playing for two years? Seems like way too much time. I'd've never noticed the hiatus. It's been about the same amount of time for myself. To think that LOH is lurking around giving advice to people who have been away from the game.
I myself decided pretty.. decisively to put myself into hibernation, from the moment I heard the Vanafest news announcing level 99 about 2 years ago. I didn't want to waste my time @#%^in' with content and gear that'd just be replaced almost immediately, so I've been waiting for level 99. Now it's finally here so I'm gonna play a lil bit soon. I have spent like 2 months out of these 2 years actually playing. So I actually have like 100's of stones, and all my af3+2. But hell..
It's 2012. Pretty impressive that these forums have continued some respectable semblance of activity up to this point. BG has seemed pretty dead to me for around 2-3 years now, pretty parallel to the activity seen in this forum.
Although it is probably a wise strategy from an economic/marketing standpoint, that is, the changes SE has brought to the game in the past couple years.. I find myself quite disdained that they finally violated the principles that kept people like me (a minority?) devoted to the game for so long. That is, that they finally decided that the level cap and previous age-old gear was no longer sacred. For all the hellish grinding that many of us have subjected ourselves to for nearly a decade, SE has finally deemed it necessary to move on. My Mandau, my full Heca +1, all my absolutely perfect equipment subsets and situational gear, are no longer anything special. I'm sure a lot of us here have had to face that.
And yet it is probably, for most of us, a very inopportune time to be marginalized. I'll be turning 28 here pretty soon. I can't imagine that a very good time to re-commit myself in full-force to a game like this. Especially in an age where it seems like MMO's are becoming an endangered species. Or, at least, MMO's and hybrid-MMO's are becoming totally pluralized to the point that the 'hardcore' is really the aspect that has become endangered.
It's pathetic. That something that matters so much at such a deep (addiction?) level to so many people, is almost entirely run by a meager, fragile, team of a dozen or less incompetents (what we call 'devs'). The spirit of the game is carried through the population that has played the game for years. But it's pretty obvious why the content is lackluster and recycled, and job balance absurdly out-of-order. The people running the show are a handful of middle-aged individuals who no more envision true inspiration in this now very old game. Most likely, they are content with perpetuating their unimaginative M-F lives and just grinding their jobs (as devs working for SE) out so that they can support their families and send their children off to a good college.
We all know that, as thieves, we've drawn the short straw out of the bunch with nearly every update, for the simple fact that the devs I just spoke of could give less than a sh*t. After all, it's just a game. And what does it matter, the thoughts those playing the game (and have been hooked for nearly a decade)? Thoughts of how the game should evolve. In their mind, Thief is just a TH whore, and always has been. The recent adjustments to our items, JA's, and game mechanics, have served to weaken us in other respects and simply reinforce our role as a TH supplier. As usual and more than ever, it doesn't matter that, We need to gather more gear and arrange more swaps than other dd's, and that Our job requires more focus and is harder to execute than other dd's. As devoted thieves, we should feel proud that we play a dynamic, challenging job that requires focus and deep commitment to maximize. We deserve better than the balding devs give us. Yeah, terrible decisions are terrible. But the truth of this rings much moreso for the people that direct the game, than for those playing it.