Making Stipends Cross-Game
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Join Date: Dec 2007
12-14-2011, 07:22 AM
Cryptics' chances to persuade anyone to play their games, any of their games, are decreasing as we speak since people are being allowed early access to another MMO from a company that has always been about story-telling and whose technology is proven across more games than Cryptic ever created.
A friendly reminder email from Cryptic that presents both C-Stores and reminds me that I have two stipends to spend and I can spend them in whichever C-Store I choose would be a lot more powerful and suggestive in bringing me back to look at my characters in either game.
After all, once both CO and STO are F2P, the only moneymaker is the C-Store in both games and while the value of a CO Lifetime is easily demonstrated, the value of a STO Lifetime is still clouded in mist.
Allowing mutual stipend spending will simply bolster the value of both Lifetime subscriptions which in turn should nudge players into buying either one or even both.
Not allowing mutual stipend spending simply bolster the opinion that Cryptic does not care for subscribers and probably feels their C-Store products aren't really that worthy of our time or money anyway.
In summation, allowing mutual stipend spending is a marketing trick that will work where tricks like the Jem'Hadar ship generate a large amount of contempt and ill-will.
I trust Cryptic will tell me in the future whether they want my money or not. I've told them how and that's all I can do really.