Innocent_Flower Posted July 13, 2014 Share Posted July 13, 2014 Let's assume there are four groups of people who play warframe. I'm sure some of you might see it as more complex as that and might see yourself as between groups, but for the sake of the argument, run with me. - Big spenders - middle spenders. - rare spenders - non spenders. Big spenders are a minority . They're the guys who buy prime access, lots of cosmetics and some complete weapons/warframes in the market. The middle spenders will buy cosmetics and maybe a prime access, they're also pretty rare.Though both of the previously mentioned groups probably have a higher level of representation on the forums. Rare spenders are 'uncommon' (and probably limit themselves to cosmetics, slots and maybe a brief flirtation with other things that will be and non spenders are the vast majority of players. The overwhelming majority if you consider how many players have left the game. So we're going to not count the big spenders for a bit. They're an extreme minority and would buy anything for any game they invest enough time in. That introduction aside; here's the argument. Firstly, prices for warframes and weapons are so high that they don't say "buy me". they say to any player who's played long enough "you'd be better off farming for me instead" and should you actually buy anyone but volt you're going to be filled with guilt later when you find that you could have spend a few minutes rather than a few hundred plat. Yeah the people who don't know that building is better than buying are new players. to them it seems like plat purchases are the way to go because of the way the market is laid out... but most new players are non spenders. All you're realy doing is intimidating them with the idea that the game is pay to win, which causes them to leave and removes a potential customer. Then you get to actual plat prices. Most people i've talked to work under this mentality. - If 75% off, i should buy plat. -If 50% off, I could by plat. -If 20% off I should not buy plat. Also this stops me from getting a better discount for 1/2 days so I should consider exiting warframe to avoid collection if i want a good discount. - If no discount; Do not buy plat. Thing is, 50% is very rare. 75% is incredibly rare. This means that most days will make me feel like I'm barred from buying plat. That's most of my argument over, but there's some more about prime access here... The frame and the exclusives are what people are realy after. Weapons and sentinels are minor factors and 90 day boosters and thousands of plat are just excuses to keep the price realy high. DE purposely makes the grind for the frame and the best weapon hellish in order to encourage people to buy prime access. This Hardly works: Big spenders will buy prime access regardless of grind. Rare and non spenders simply won't buy. The only group who would be influenced by the hell-grind are the moderate spenders. whilst some will be influenced to avoid the grind by buying prime access, others might just see it as a detestable business practice to be discouraged or maybe even a challenge to overcome. The guys who would never spend hundreds of dollars on prime access (the overwhelming majority of the playerbase) must grind realy hard if they want that prime frame. That realy just makes them hate the void and grow bored of the game and inspires complaint threads. Or they can wait several months for that frame to become easier to obtain when the next prime set pops up. You're punishing players who aren't potential consumers for highly expensive in-game content. That's hardly good for long term business. In the end a few players are seeing prime syndanas or sugutras and are resenting that player for paying huge money to avoid that awful grind. That isn't good for a community. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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