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# 1 "Playing as Intended"
11-13-2012, 07:57 PM
My Fellow Captains ,Romans, countrymen please excuse the tl;dr, but this is important.

Friends, Romans, captains, lend me your ears; I come to bury ST:O, not to praise it.
The grind that men do lives after them;
The dilithium is oft interred with their bones;
So let it be with ST:O.
The noble Stahl hath told you to "Play as Intended":
If it weren't so, it was a grievous fault,
And grievously hath ST:O answer'd it.
Here, under leave of Stahl, Borticus and the rest--
For Stahl is an honourable man;
So are they all, all honourable men--
Come I to speak in ST:O's funeral.
It was my game, faithful and fun to me:
But Stahl says earning Dilithium was too easy;
And Stahl is an honourable man.
He hath brought many developers to Cryptic
Whose shinies did the Lockboxes fill:
Did this in ST:O seem ambitious?
When that the poor were bored, ST:O was there:
Ambition should be made of sterner stuff:
Yet Stahl says we need to "Play as Intended";
And Stahl is an honourable man.
You all did see that on the STFS?
I thrice played Infected Space Elite,
Which I was thrice rewarded with Dilithium: was this "as intended"?
Yet Stahl says it was not;
And, sure, he is an honourable man.
I speak not to disprove what Stahl spoke,
But here I am to speak what I do know.
You all did love ST:O once, not without cause:
What cause withholds you then, to mourn for it?
O judgment! thou art fled to brutish beasts,
And Cryptic have lost their reason. Bear with me;
My heart is in the coffin there with ST:O,
And I must pause till it come back to me.



Season 7 is upon us, and amongst all of the imbroglio, din and confusion from it comes the point that all of us are missing that is the larger issue here, the "Phantom Menace", if you will.

It is the concept of "Playing As Intended"

Playing as intended is in short, industry-speak for how they want the players to play. Examples of features being removed/adjusted/nerfed because they aren't "Intended" to play a certain way...

Why do they care? Several reasons, but the biggest one is metrics. Internal metrics, or how they quantify payout per=player based on time spent. Yup that's right -you're not a player! You are in effect, a number, cattle to be herded from one mission to another that THEY want you to play when THEY see fit so you can spend the amount of time THEY want in-game. (One of the reasons STFs were DE-incentivised because they are only time-locked by the players...). The PvE cues were made player-blind solely for the reason of corralling the player cattle from one mission to another. The reasons give by Branflakes et. al. are utter nonsense and they know it. In fact, this quote from Dan Stahl speaks to it:

"In our game design, Dilithium represents time invested in playing a variety of select missions in STO. By setting the max cap per day, obtaining large amounts of Refined Dilithium requires logging in regularly and engaging with missions and systems that the STO team has designated. "

That THEY have designated. Not you, not the player. THEY want you to play x missions to get X,Y and Z rewards THEIR way.

So - In an example of hubris and sheer out-and-out bull****e, DIlithium has been removed from STFs. All of this to coral us into a certain metric threshold so they can simply plan out how much they can bilk us for. To quote the late, great Biggie Smalls "It's all about the Benjamins, babay!"


I can give examples of the many times that gameplay has been nerfed or adjusted over the seasons so we "Play as Intended" but I am too tired. So. Very. Tired. Suffice it to say, once you design solely around "Playing as Intedned", you are dead already as a game - you just don't know it.


-ABM
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# 2
11-13-2012, 08:02 PM
If this is all about metrics then I bet there are some internal politics at play. Trying to determine which team deserves the bigger year end bonus or something.

All those new devs they hired are soon going to be out of a job.
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Posts: 5
# 3
11-13-2012, 08:17 PM
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Originally Posted by badname834854 View Post
My Fellow Captains ,Romans, countrymen please excuse the tl;dr, but this is important.

Friends, Romans, captains, lend me your ears; I come to bury ST:O, not to praise it.
The grind that men do lives after them;
The dilithium is oft interred with their bones;
So let it be with ST:O.
The noble Stahl hath told you to "Play as Intended":
If it weren't so, it was a grievous fault,
And grievously hath ST:O answer'd it.
Here, under leave of Stahl, Borticus and the rest--
For Stahl is an honourable man;
So are they all, all honourable men--
Come I to speak in ST:O's funeral.
It was my game, faithful and fun to me:
But Stahl says earning Dilithium was too easy;
And Stahl is an honourable man.
He hath brought many developers to Cryptic
Whose shinies did the Lockboxes fill:
Did this in ST:O seem ambitious?
When that the poor were bored, ST:O was there:
Ambition should be made of sterner stuff:
Yet Stahl says we need to "Play as Intended";
And Stahl is an honourable man.
You all did see that on the STFS?
I thrice played Infected Space Elite,
Which I was thrice rewarded with Dilithium: was this "as intended"?
Yet Stahl says it was not;
And, sure, he is an honourable man.
I speak not to disprove what Stahl spoke,
But here I am to speak what I do know.
You all did love ST:O once, not without cause:
What cause withholds you then, to mourn for it?
O judgment! thou art fled to brutish beasts,
And Cryptic have lost their reason. Bear with me;
My heart is in the coffin there with ST:O,
And I must pause till it come back to me.



-ABM
^THIS!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAryFIuRxmQ
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Posts: 1,173
# 4
11-13-2012, 08:27 PM
Haha never saw that golfclap vid....
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Posts: 1,001
# 5
11-14-2012, 02:23 AM
Well spoken, dear sir, well spoken.

In their internal wisdom they have decided that the player was not behaving as he should.
So they removed incentives here, added more limitations there, and will 'tweak' the numbers until every player gives in and obeys to their vision.

I can only contribute to the speech you started:

But yesterday the world of STO might
Have stood against the world; now lies it there.
And none so poor to do it reverence.
O masters, if I were disposed to stir
Your hearts and minds to mutiny and rage,
I should do Stahl wrong, and Borticus wrong,
Who, you all know, are honourable men:
I will not do them wrong; I rather choose
To wrong the dead, to wrong myself and you,
Than I will wrong such honourable men.

[...]

Good friends, sweet friends, let me not stir you up
To such a sudden flood of mutiny.
They that have done this deed are honourable:
What private griefs they have, alas, I know not,
That made them do it: they are wise and honourable,
And will, no doubt, with reasons answer you.
I come not, friends, to steal away your hearts:
I am no orator, as Stahl is;
But, as you know me all, a plain blunt man,
That love my game; and that they know full well
That gave me public leave to speak of it:
For I have neither wit, nor words, nor worth,
Action, nor utterance, nor the power of speech,
To stir men's blood: I only speak right on;
I tell you that which you yourselves do know;
Show you sweet STO's wounds, poor poor dumb mouths,
And bid them speak for me: but were I Stahl,
And Stahl a player, there were a player that
Would ruffle up your spirits and put a tongue
In every wound of STO that should move
The stones of these forums to rise and mutiny.
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