"RuneScape is going downhill. Investors have taken over the game and the trusted staff, which was once just about the gaming experience, is now playing to the greedy tune of capitalist evil. What happened to the original creators who took such care of their beloved creation? Each new promotional offer brings RuneScape closer to its inevitable end."
Excessively harsh? Perhaps so. Those words are undeniably sensational, quite pessimistic, and ultimately futile. Funny, because those are the exact words I would use to describe this community.
Sadly, those words were not my own. I merely took fragments of angry posts and strung them together in a prophecy of doom. This attitude is shockingly common. In fact, it is so common that an article praising Jagex is considered borderline controversial. Players are even treating the game as a lost cause — "As expected, the new update fails."
Admittedly, I'm not exactly a defender of Jagex. I denounce recent updates whenever I feel strongly about them and I would never blindly put faith in Jagex. But if experience has taught me something, it has taught me that I should trust Jagex before I trust the community. The vocal minority rule unchallenged, while those with positive comments are generally drowned out in the pervading atmosphere of doom and gloom. After a certain line has been crossed, I have to wonder: "For what end do we voice our pessimism?"
Vanity items, promotions, advertisements, the Squeal of Fortune — we've seen it all in the past few months. Certainly, these profit campaigns are unpopular and generate negative feedback. So, I must conclude that we complain in order to reverse certain updates or propose better ones. In other words, we complain because we have our own visions of an ideal RuneScape and we all want to see our vision come to fruition.
Except that's never going to happen. Even the Wilderness referendum is a clear indicator that Jagex will do what they want, under the guise of being moved by the masses. No, the huge popular support did not bring about the Wilderness referendum. On the contrary, the referendum came out of the blue, at a time when the players had mostly gotten used to not having free trade around. Jagex had their own agenda, and the decision was ultimately theirs. Spreading dissent among the population will not achieve anything. Have you ever heard the saying "talk does not cook rice"? In my eyes, this is a perfect example.
So if we cannot voice our criticism, what can we do? Well, the answer is not to cancel your membership and proclaim that the end is nigh; that's just a self-fulfilling prophecy. If anything, less subscriptions will result in even more desperation for profit. Riots aren't the answer either; what have they accomplished in the past? No, let me ask you a question: Do you care about this game?
I'm not asking about the current state of the game or Jagex itself. All I'm asking is if you truly care about the game, RuneScape. If you don't care now, did you once care? To me, this game holds a special place in my heart for all those times when I could count on it, almost as a friend. I'm asking you: Do you believe that this game is worth fighting for?
If the answer is yes, then create a change rather than creating a riot. Provide a direction for the game, not a string of useless rants. Think of a solution; don't add to the problem. What can you do to help? This is my call to action: Save the game that we love. And if you're ready to take on this daunting challenge, then let's get down to business.