I can understand the problem if people are excited for something to be added to the game, only to have it gated behind Zen and/or an annoying grind. Some will put up with the costs, others will be upset.
Personally, I don't get excited about anything new unless I find out that I'll enjoy it, and I'll have access to it either immediately or in a way that's fun for me. It helps that I'm not obsessive about Star Trek lore. For example, I'm fine with the ships that are available to me for free in the game. Gate something behind lobi crystals, STFs, lots of Zen, etc, and I'll just pretend it doesn't exist.
4000 zpoints is $50. For $50 you can buy more than one brand new game, or several months of sub time in a sub-based game. You can buy a lot more stuff than some pixels in a grindy MMO.
Says the guy, who has a "Carrier Officer" title...
What's this? A 300 dollars for a lifetime sub?
My friend, you make me laugh on so many levels...
Just have fun with the game. Or don't.
If you don't have fun with the game and the way people play it, pay for it, etc., don't call them "idiots who pay $$$ for pixels"...
You just make fun of yourself this way.
Use good sense, a sense of humor, and when in doubt re-read the forum rules.
PS. Implied insults are still insults and thinly-veiled hostility is still hostility. There's plenty of that kind of provocation going on from more than one person in this thread and I'm going to ask everyone doing it to stop before it escalates any further. Please sincerely respect other peoples' opinions, politely agree or disagree, and get back on topic, or this thread will be closed and moderation will be meted out accordingly.
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I decided that I wouldn't open any lock boxes when they first came out. Gambling is gambling, and gambling's very purpose is for the gambler to lose. Why would I take part in something that I'm going to lose in?
If cryptic ever wants me to spend anything on this game again, then they will have to put its in the c-store. I play the game to have fun, not because I'm broke and/or cheap, I'm not going to grind for dilithium (and I'll never pay for it) or ec for hours and hours to buy stuff.
All the people continuing to foolishly buy key after key is just supporting this behaviour by cryptic
More crap going into the lobi store trying to force us to unlock more of the stupid lockboxes, rather than making them account wide unlocks.
-The 29th Century Uniforms, Wells for Fed and Korath for KDF, have been released to the Lobi Store, at the price of 200 Lobi Crystals.
I've spent an embarrassing amount of money on the c-store because I felt I get some value for my money. With the ship lottery in lockboxes and most of the neat trinkets going to the lobi store, I really no longer feel I'm getting value for my dollar.
I don't really like the lockboxes any more than the next guy. But we were told when the 29th century Federation uniform was officially announced that it would be a lobi store release. The lobi store is where anything that doesn't fit the prime elements of the KDF and UFP factions goes to supposedly keep them rare. The idea is that if we want those elements badly enough we can throw money at them until we get them. The fact that so many people actually would do that justifies the method from a business perspective.
Businesses will do what makes them the most money so long as people are willing to pay. I do not blame PWE for this. I blame the gottahaveitall crowd that keeps throwing money at these things. If they stop throwing money at lockboxes, then lockboxes won't be profitable. But we know this will not happen.
Also... let us not forget that the containers for a lockbox grand prise ship can also be sold on the exchange, as can lockbox keys. So just like Dilithium, players can get access to everything by just playing the game. They just have to play it a lot.
I personally want a Star Trek game that is actually Star Trek. On a qualitative level that could be a lot of different things for a lot of different people. But on a quantitative level, if the developers were to watch star trek and make the game like what they see, then at least it will be a shot in the right direction, as far as I am concerned.