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Gamera
Feb Member 2015

Gamera

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Let's go back in time a bit here

I was 14 years old, a few of my friends in school were talking about some strange event that happened in a game where a player went on a killing spree. This interested me, so I made an account shortly after. I wasn't quite sure if I would continue to play, so I just went with "Meatman164"... and sure enough, this man of meat got hooked. I spent way more time than I should have on my father's old HP desktop just grinding away, hanging out with friends from school, and building friendships with people across the globe that have mostly lasted to this day.

As time went on, a lot of my friends from school slowly moved away from RuneScape, mostly due to the mass exodus that was caused by the removal of Wilderness PK'ing and free trading. I continued, though, as I had zero interest in PvP. New friends were made as clans were introduced, and I found a new love for combat when Summoning was released. I ran a 60-person clan with my irl best friend, my first few 99s were gained, and I couldn't have been happier. Something big was coming, though.

Feb. 2012

Sure, many people thought 2012 was the end of the world because of "Mayan predictions", but for many who played RuneScape, this fear was justified. The implementation of SOF due to pressure by investors was a real smack in the face to long-time veterans of the game. Up until this point, Jagex had a clear stance on game integrity. If I had known this would have gotten worse, I would have jumped ship.

Then came the double-whammy.

EOC

Now, I gave Jagex the benefit of the doubt, and while extremely rough at first, I grew to love the changes to combat mechanics. Not everyone felt this way, though, as an absolutely huge amount of players left the game. My clan with my best friend was left with less than 20 members, so we disbanded. Violent Blaze was dead. I moved on to a new clan, The Mighty Red Dragons, a clan roughly 150 strong even after EOC.

-continued in next post-
Kaiju fan, music fanatic, semi-pro no-lifer

07-Oct-2019 13:18:42

Gamera
Feb Member 2015

Gamera

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Over time, I worked my way up into a community leadership role on our clan's council. I got my (at the time) girlfriend into the game, and we spent a lot of time having fun community events and group Skype chats. Some personal things happened and the girl and I split, so since she still played, I gave my bank away to my best friend and I quit for about 8 months.

Now enough of this sappy, sad stuff. I got back into the game, left the clan to cut all ties with my ex, and got back on the grind. In the following years, I've noticed that a lot more of my friends were quitting. World count was dropping lower and lower. What used to be 200k players online at any given time had now dropped to 70k at peak times.

But what's this? OSRS has 50k online? That makes 20k on RS3?

Sure, numbers have rebounded a little due to RS going mobile, but numbers have been dipping again. MTX promos have been becoming more frequent and aggressive. Frequent updates have gone out the window.

Would the me from 2006 play this game? No
Will I reccomend this game to my friends? No
Have I considered quitting? Yes
Will I stick around for as long as I can? Yes

I don't know what the future holds for this game, but it is in Jagex's hands to right the ship. It's hard to stay even cautiously optimistic.

Discuss. Debate. Share your stories.
Kaiju fan, music fanatic, semi-pro no-lifer

07-Oct-2019 13:18:56 - Last edited on 07-Oct-2019 13:39:10 by Gamera

Varpushaukka
Aug Member 2019

Varpushaukka

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Nice but also sad story mate, mine is pretty straightforward: I played under one clan for my entire RS2/3 career, eventually working my way up to the #1 in clan exp for my clan. With EoC, MTX etc, people started quitting, and eventually I too switched to OSRS after the amount of MTX grew unbearable and the lack of updates bored me.
~Sparrowhawk

07-Oct-2019 13:48:52

Gamera
Feb Member 2015

Gamera

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See, the only thing that would sell me now on OSRS is the introduction of Summoning and Invention. As of me typing this, I have spent 375 days and 15 hours of in-game time on this acount. That would be me literally throwing away over a year of my life. Kaiju fan, music fanatic, semi-pro no-lifer

07-Oct-2019 13:59:33

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